Excalibur #2

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Marcus To Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 52
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Betsy Braddock is Captain Britain, but a citizen of Krakoa. With Rogue's condition a mystery, the team heads to the one place that has always been the seat of Excalibur's power - the Lighthouse.
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  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 20, 2019

    At this point, I read Excalibur hoping it won't drop the ball, because it is fast becoming my favorite series. Issue #2 does not disappoint, playing up the juxtaposition of Apocalypse and Betsy, progressing the plot nicely, and infusing all sorts of magic into the narrative. An exciting, intelligent, and darkly rich story of magic and mutants. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 20, 2019

    Marcus To delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue. The characters look great and the art captures the magical tone of the story and its stakes perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 23, 2019

    OverallThus far Tini Howard has done a fairly good job of moving this story forward. We get a look at some Scottish folklore here when it comes to the Selkie and it was fun to see some Druids brought into the story. We also learn that it is a rival tribe to these druids that have been helping Morgana, which could make for some interesting events in issue 3 given that Apocalypse and unconscious Rogue are the only defence for the Lighthouse given that Captain Britain has gone off to the otherworld. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Nov 21, 2019

    By the end of this issue, audiences will very much know whether Excalibur is a book for them. Howard has a hell of a final page to close this out, which will throw some fans off but make people who loved Claremont and Davis' Excalibur work smile in anticipation. There's plenty to like here in the coming battle against the forces of Otherworld, and as a big Excalibur fan I'm finding this a thematically familiar and exciting ride to date. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Nov 21, 2019

    There was some action, though for the most part Excalibur #2 continues to lay the foundation for this journey into the Otherworld. I only hope that in the issues to come, they do just a bit more to add some appeal to these characters. They all have been written to have something to worry about or fight for, but those things at the same time they should be careful not to lose themselves with. It can be very easy for something like Jubilee worrying about Shogo to be one too many things to follow or focus on. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 20, 2019

    The comic is entertaining building out the direction of this series and dancing around some interesting topics like Captain Britain's role and the rivalry between magic and mutants. There's also the fantasy tragedy of fairytales to get things going. Excalibur #2 is a solid comic and one that weaved with the first continues to paint a unique voice for the new direction of mutants. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Nov 20, 2019

    Vibrant colors and a dark, beautifully fantastic tone to Excalibur #2 (Howard, To), combine into a story that, despite its (many) flaws, is shaping into something very special indeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Nov 21, 2019

    "Excalibur" is fun, but this introductory arc has yet to unsheathe something to make it flesh out into the truly great as compared to other 'Dawn of X' titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Nov 20, 2019

    Coming at this from the perspective of a new reader, which I am, I'm left with too many questions and kind of lost honestly. I really want to like this series. Unfortunately, it's extremely hard to right now. I'm hoping it improves. Quickly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 20, 2019

    Excalibur is a perfectly fine X-Men comic featuring an unexpected assembly of familiar heroes and anti-heroes with an ongoing battle to justify at least one action sequence and a handful of juggled subplots in each issue so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 23, 2019

    Excalibur is written well, with great art, but the story is already off the rails and the characters just don't fit all that well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 20, 2019

    Overall this book fumbles in its second instalment to the series. Yes it is fun and has some great action sequences, but it just lacks substance and suffers from some questionable creative choices. Hopefully this book can find its footing again. It has a unique and fresh idea that has a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 23, 2019

    Luckily, there are plenty of other X-books to check out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 23, 2019

    If you're a Psylocke fan, this is a series you should read Read Full Review

  • 10
    Ben Nov 20, 2019

    British mythology is totally my thing. Can't go wrong with me.

  • 7.0
    ohhaimark Nov 23, 2019


    -This was a huge improvement over the first issue.

    -The opening scene was different and I liked the way it ended.

    -The art is quite good here. It's very, very traditional and occasionally flat, but I enjoy looking at it.

    -Overall, there was some cool imagery here.

    -I'm very interested in where this is going next.

    THE BAD:

    -The characters are really the weak links here. I think that's why I hated the first issue. Thankfully the actual story was interesting enough here that I enjoyed the issue a lot more.

    -That dream sequence made me roll my eyes. I don't know, it was obvious, and not really necessary.

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine Dec 5, 2019

    I’m still not very invested tbh, and I found it not particularly well written.

  • 10
    Julian Keller Nov 20, 2019

    Loving the dymamics. This team meshes so well!

  • 9.5
    Ryan Nov 21, 2019

    Excalibur 2 vastly improves on Excalibur 1. Each character gets equal panel time, and not just Apocalypse and Betsy this time. There is plenty of action and the art is divine. Howard looks like she’s playing the long game and it’s pretty impressive, but her understanding of these characters seems just as impressive. Top 3 Dawn of X title right here

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Dec 4, 2019

    not as strong as the first issue but still great

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Dec 6, 2019

    Excalibur started off well enough last issue. Let's see if it improves or not.

    The Good:
    I like that the Dawn of X books have these quick cameos with each other. Really helps with it being an interconnected world.

    I'm loving the British mythology and fantasy aspect to this.

    I liked the infographics more this issue than the last.

    I also liked the dive into our character's concerns and fears with those dream sequences.

    Also the art here is great. Marcus To is doing a great job.

    The Bad:
    Surprisingly nothing for me.

    This issue really boosted Excalibur for me. It boosted what I liked about the series and took away/didn't mention more

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Nov 20, 2019

    Im getting into this. Im surprised

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Dec 1, 2019

    Things are moving forward and I'm enjoying this more and more.

  • 8.0
    Miracleman92 Sep 9, 2020

    A fun issue. It's cool having a sword & sorcery X-Men comic but I wish it had more of the crazy, out-there, zaniness of the original Excalibur.

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 20, 2019

    This was pretty good, although I felt the dialogue and pacing were off at times. I'm still invested in the story though.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Nov 21, 2019

    " My baby ? Where is my baby !? "
    - Jubilé

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 7, 2020

    Kate Pryde delivers the new Excalibur squad to the old Excalibur stomping grounds in England, where they're immediately swamped with magic shenanigans. I like the crisp, detailed art, the brisk plot progression, and the increased distance between Brackets and the more heroic protagonists. But I don't appreciate the one-note characterizations for Gambit and Jubilee; this cast is too small to marginalize two characters. And the script implies a lot of interesting things, but always in a confused, ambiguous, frustrating way.

    (Brackets is my name for Mr. "Dont-Call-Me-Apocalypse.")

  • 6.0
    egon244 Nov 25, 2019


    Honestly, this issue was kind of a bore.

    The art is still great but the story, as of yet, is not particularly interesting or engaging.

    The dialogue here felt off sometimes. And all that "magic", Akkaba and Otherworld stuff is a tad confusing.

    I think I'm going to give it one or two more issues.

  • 6.0
    John Milligan Nov 25, 2019

    Excalibur #2

    Writer:Tini Howard
    Artist:Marcus To
    Colour Artist: Erick Arciniega
    Letterer: VC's Cory Petit

    (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

    After being crowned the new Captain Britain, Betsy Braddock, along with Gambit, Jubilee, Kate Pryde and a glowing, comatose Rogue, embark on a journey to Otherworld to free Betsy's Brother (the previous Captain Britain) Brian Braddock , and to find out just what is happening to Rogue. Meanwhile, Apocolypse is moving the group around, as if they were pieces on a chess board. Is Apocalypse up to something? Read on to find out.


    Before I begin, I want to say that I liked Excalibur #2. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Excalibur #2 does so more

  • 4.0
    Billyndo Nov 20, 2019

    This is a very sloppy comic book issue, and I'm pretty sure the Selkies scene is the worst scene ever conceived for a comic book. Tini Howard is incompetent, simple as that. The text is weird and repetitive. The same line is found in 4 or 5 different moments of the issue. For instance, Gambit says he's not in the mood for jokes many times, and Betsy does the same when she repeatedly refuses Apocalypse's help.

    Betsy's powerset is the one of the most horrendously treated things in the book. The Selkies try to kill the group, ok. Then, Betsy jumps into the sea, and swims to shore, faster than the killer mermaids. Then, she climbs a rock and is safe. Soon after that, she is followed by Gambit and Jubilee. Only then, she realises she more

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