I don’t think I fully appreciated, until recently, how frightening the Excalibur run by Chris Claremont was. This is the second story-arc to feature the team, and prominently features the real-life bogey-men of the UK of years past: the Nazis.
I don’t think people on this side of the pond realize that the Nazi’s were a real, every-night fear. And in this collection Claremont brings it to the forefront with a sickly personal twist: these aren’t Nazi’s from our world, these are dark alternate-versions of Excalibur from a dimension where the Allies lost World War II.
The novel — and I don’t hesitate calling it that — continues the mature themes of adult relationships, alcoholism, and the horrors of seeing evil within ourselves.
There’s a scene in which the Nazi Nightcralwer is prevented from committing a rape because Kurt realizes that he would have tried to willingly seduce the same woman. There’s frightening insight into our own psyches there.
Excalibur continues to excite.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Excalibur continues to excite.”