Writer Chris Claremont
Penciler Chris Wozniak
Inker Al Milgrom
Colorist Brad Vancata
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Lord of all he surveys Tom DeFalco
Cover Dated April 1990
We jump right back into Cross Time Caper! yay?
Fun homage cover to Excalibur 1! Good job, Mr. Wozniak! I like how Lockheed gets onto another cover! Still a rarity! It comes at a price, as Lockheed doesn’t appear in the issue itself.
Issue opens on Crusader-X’s Earth. He is this Earth’s Captain Britain. He is on patrol. I sort of dig his costume design. I like the brown boots with matching shoulder pads. He catches up with the science team, WHO – inspired by Doctor Who. They have found Excalibur’s train that they have been using as a base. Turns out that Nightcrawler is a Prussian villain. Fun descriptions of what Excalibur’s costumes look like.
Proper Marvel Universe. Kitty wakes up in Braddock Manor. She wonders who undress her and then redressed her. Courtney Ross enters the room with some coffee. Kitty is frustrated that her natural state is to be intangible. Kitty gives a quick recap of how Doctor Doom healed her and soon after, the X-Men presumably died.
Crusader-X Earth. We see Jean Grey going to the Xavier School, in England. Mastermind is pulling his old trick on her. This time, he is making her, the Shadow Queen.
Rachel senses this Jean being in trouble. Excalibur tries to calm her.
Over at the Hellfire Club of London. Shadow King just killed Emma Frost. He is the overall ruler of the club. He doesn’t waste time with the whole Black and White nonsense. Tony Stark, in full Iron Man (minus helmet), is trying to make a deal. Tony wants to break America away from British rule. He is there knowingly against Captain America’s wishes.
Proper Marvel Universe. This is the issue with Nigel Frobisher and Vixen. Nigel was a business man who kept annoyingly hitting on Rachel. Vixen is the low level head of a gang. Jimmy, the brother of Brian and Betsy / Captain Britain and Psylocke. He is walking around in just a tiny pair of white undies. It is unsettling. Jimmy kills Vixen’s henchmen and Vixen. Jimmy makes it possible that Nigel can change into Vixen when needed. Which is also unsettling.
Crusader-X’s Earth. Jean gets attacked by Cannonball, he was just trying his skills. It doesn’t work out for him. Shadow King makes it so that Jean believes she not only killed Xavier and Moira, but she enjoyed it.
Rachel ditches Kurt to save her not-mother. Just then, Crusader-X finds Kurt and starts beating him. He flies off with Kurt. Meggan and Captain Britain show up and start tracking Kurt. Meggan can tell that Rachel ditched him.
Issue ends as Rachel gets to Jean, as Jean dies. Rachel swears vengeance.