Excalibur #1

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Marcus To Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 92
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The Otherworld is rocked by war! It is a new era for mutantkind as a new Captain Britain holds the amulet, fighting for the Kingdom of Avalon with her Excalibur at her side - Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee...and Apocalypse.
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 29, 2019

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this first issue but found myself totally enraptured by the narrative flow, characters, and direction. Mixing equal parts character, conflict, and good storytelling, Excalibur is alluringly charming. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2019

    Marcus To has some beautiful visuals in this issue. There are some great character renderings throughout and I love how everything has a fluid aesthetic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Oct 30, 2019

    Tos art is very much in line with what weve seen from Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva on House of X and Powers of X, respectively, which lends some cohesiveness to the overall aesthetic of DoX. That said, he gets to play with different subject matter (i.e. magic) than what was seen in those titles, which keeps his art from feeling too samey. His linework gives colorist Erick Arciniega a lot to work with, opting for colorful flourishes to represent magic and the like. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 17, 2019

    All that said. Given how this issue ended. I am definitely on board to follow the story arc through because I really want to see how Betsy Braddock handles her new role as England's protector. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Oct 30, 2019

    Howard and To are off to a strong start. Based on the start to the series, Excalibur will appeal to Psylocke, Rogue and Gambit fans, particularly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Oct 29, 2019

    Overall this magical first issue doesn’t disappoint. ‘Excalibur’ really delivers something fresh and new to the ‘Dawn of X’ lineup. It sets up a complex story that really pulls you in and gets you excited for many more magical adventures to come. I highly recommend picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Oct 30, 2019

    Just like Marauders, Excalibur #1 embarks us on a new journey that takes mutants where they dare not go. Magic and mutants have never mixed too well in the past, but in this Dawn of X, it's a bold new world where there is no ruling out anything that could give mutantkind a further edge over their competitors. The big takeaway from this first issue is that the creation of the Krakoan Nation did not just ruffle the feather of those on Earth. That tells you enough about the heads this move will turn. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Nov 6, 2019

    Those who are wanting an X-Men series that feels fresh will love Excalibur. It has a fun cast, tons of magic, and a great set-up. Be sure to add this to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Oct 31, 2019

    While Excalibur #1 does come off a little as simply "How do the mutants now deal with magic" there's a deeper family drama brewing. One that touches on the themes that have been paramount to the x-books as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 1, 2019

    There's still plenty of time to sort it out, but it's a bit of a shaky start here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 29, 2019

    Though it isn't perfect, Excalibur #1 is a lot of fun, and really commits to fleshing out the new, vastly weird empire of Kraoka. I feel once Tini Howard and company start tending to the Braddock family tree, Excalibur could be a real standout hit for "Dawn of X". One that isn't afraid to walk in weird, mythic territory while seeding Krakoa further. The new rules say the "X Has No Above, No Below." Excalibur looks to set it in stone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jason Jeffords Jr Oct 29, 2019

    EXCALIBUR #1 effortlessly combines mutants and magic, while continuing the recent trend of greatX-Menrelated first issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 29, 2019

    Excalibur is another worthwhile addition to Marvel's Dawn of X relaunch, one that blends the old and new. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Oct 30, 2019

    Taken as a whole, this series is extremely solid, but far from unmissable. Those who enjoy it (as I do, beyond a critical capacity) will likely continue to do so for some time. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Oct 30, 2019

    Excalibur #1 is the first Dawn of X title that carves out a singular place thats barely dependent on everything else. Ultimately, as more and more of these titles launch, that might be its greatest strength. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Oct 31, 2019

    The biggest takeaway from Excalibur #1 is this: this is almostcertainly the most niche-audience book of the three Dawn of X titlesreleased so far. I'm not sure what the Venn diagram between X-Men fansand mystical Marvel fans are, but I imagine it's somewhat less than theidea of Kate Pryde leading mutant pirates and it's definitely less thanHickman's X-Men book. But that in itself makes it a truespiritual descendant of its titles' previous volumes. For those wholove the original Excalibur, this new volume gets off to a prettydecent start and leaves a lot of room to get even better. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 30, 2019

    The range of books that are slatted to spin out of the House/Powers book seem to hark back to the X-Men heyday of sorts; not sure I really need a new Fallen Angels books regardless of their recent reprint in Marvel Tales. With that in mind, I am not sure how long the apparent ancillary books will last, especially as the main characters are getting ramped up in the next couple of months or so. Still, you have to applaud Marvel for trying to live up to it layered tapestry of history. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Nov 1, 2019

    "Excalibur" #1 is a treasure trove of details and secrets, opening the way for this fantasy world. More balanced issues in terms of structure would turn the magic truly on. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Oct 29, 2019

    If youre looking for an X-Book to dive into, this reviewer would not choose this one unless you are advanced in the area of Captain Britain, Otherworld, and Excalibur... and even then I have my doubts. There is a possibility that even those submerged with the Excalibur lore may still be disappointed with this inaugural issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 1, 2019

    Presumably fans of the original Excalibur series will be on firmer footing, but on the whole this book is an insular reminder of why I typically avoid X-Men comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Oct 30, 2019

    If you're following all the new X-books for the relaunch, Excalibur is book that needs to be picked up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chrys Terlizzi Nov 6, 2019

    Excalibur #1 makes for an ultimately pedestrian issue. This final judgement may have something to do with the high bar the new X-Men line has set for itself, but I didnt find myself with much that left me wanting more. However, if youre into magic, mutants, Arthurian lore and the threads that hold them together, then this book may be for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 30, 2019

    There's still an immense amount of potential given the characters and magical concepts in Excalibur, but #1 reads like an old band ready to play just the hits even if we've heard them all before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 2, 2019

    Excalibur #1 is fine and has a lot to offer, but I don't think much of any of it is all that interesting. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 4, 2019

    Overall: Excalibur #1 is an ordinary read. Tini Howard turns in a pedestrian debut issue that does little to get the reader excited or interested in coming back for more. Keep in mind that Excalibur #1 is a $5.00 comic book. There is no way in the world that Excalibur #1 delivers enough content and quality of writing to warrant such an expensive price of admission. Readers are well served to spend their limited entertainment dollars elsewhere. I would only recommend Excalibur #1 to die-hard Tini Howard fans or die-hard fans of Betsy Braddock. Read Full Review

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