Synopsis: This month in Excalibur. As the Council makes moves to protect mutants in the Otherworld, Excalibur must determine the fate of Betsy Braddock.
Picking the story up from last time. Betsy Braddock has washed up ashore on Krakowa. But the question that Rogue and the others are asking is. Has the real Betsy Braddock returned or is it an imposter.
Rogue harbors concerns because Betsy seems distant and is not communicating with them. Until they are able to figure things out. Rogue, Richtor, and Gambit have kept Betsy’s return a secret. However, keeping secrets in Kroakoa comes with its own complications. Especially when it comes to dealing with Saturnyne and otherworld.
Meanwhile, Richtor fills Rogue in on what he learned while studying the use of magic under Apocalypse and he reveals that all the mutants can potentially join up and use this magic. Back in Avalan King Jamie reveals a few of his own secrets to Gambit.
Marcus To has very little to draw in terms of action for this issue. But has a bit of a ball when it comes to drawing the various settings in both Krakowa and Avalan. I particularly enjoyed the work he did on the altar where Richtor was talking with Rogue. And how he juxtaposed those panels with a glance at The Five. I also enjoyed the peek we got at King Jamie’s secret room in which he houses a captured Morgon Le Fey complete with a gimp mask.
The final pages in which Betsy attacks Rogue and the truth is revealed was pretty awesome and very well-timed.
Tini Howard does a pretty good job of driving this story forward. It would have been too easy to outright kill Betsy off. Whereas bringing Betsy back is the tougher choice and most likely to present further interesting story possibilities as things move forward.
I’ve really been enjoying how Richtor’s character has developed and I love the idea of introducing more magic into the story as well as figuring out the rules of that magic as well as its costs.
Overall. A fun read.