In Review: Excalibur (2019-) #24 KINGDOMS OF BLOOD!

The ten kingdoms of Otherworld must decide: Are Excalibur heroes of the realm, or witchbreed to be put to the stake?
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Synopsis: KINGDOMS OF BLOOD! The ten kingdoms of Otherworld must decide: Are Excalibur heroes of the realm, or witchbreed to be put to the stake? The peace brought to Otherworld by their X OF SWORDS victory comes to an end.

 

The Story

Kingdoms of Blood sees things get really bad for Betsy and her mutant allies. Having returned to the Citadel after a visit to the Vampires and Death himself. Betsy launches her defense of the Captain Britain Corps and the three Captain Britains who are on trial. However, a visit from Merlyn who brings King Arthur with him escalate matters when Betsy goes to parlay.

 

The Artwork

Marcus To proves that he has undead blood in his veins as he illustrates some pretty cool-looking vampires for this issue. The opening pages where we meet the Countex Oublia and Countex Oscra are really dramatic and appropriately gothic. I really appreciate how the look of these vampire characters mirrors the look of the classic Nosferatu. I also enjoyed the closing few pages where Betsy and her team prepare to battle King Arthur. And boy Shogo the Dragon is looking more and more fierce with every new issue.

 

Overall

Tini Howard continues to weave an interesting and fun story. I’ve really enjoyed the inclusion of Merlyn and now King Arthur. Though King Arthur being the bad guy in this is something I am not sure about. Hopefully, Betsy and her team are able to make him see reason. As I suspect Merlyn’s influence on Arthur is a huge part of what will wind up resolving this story arc. Furthermore, I’m finding Merlyn being such a closed-minded character to be a little disturbing. However, I do realise that art. Even when it comes to comics is rather subjective. And I am kind of enjoying how this book is challenging some of my pre-conceived ideas when it comes to the King Arthur legends.

 

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9.7
Excalibur (2019-) #24 KINGDOMS OF BLOOD!
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    9.7
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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