Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review- EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: ALAN DAVIS VOL. 3

EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: ALAN DAVIS VOL. 3 (Marvel, 2011; Softcover)
Collects Excalibur Nos. 59-67 (cover dates Late December, 1992- July, 1993)
Writers: Alan Davis( 61-67) and Scott Lobdell (59, 60)
Artists: Alan Davis (penciler, 61-67), Scott Kolins (59, 60), and Mark Farmer (inker, 61-67)

Is there anything that Alan Davis can not draw? Davis is such a great writer and a great artist, the man is simply amazing. This is the end of his run on the title, and he wraps things up neatly and with a huge bang.
Artwork by Scott Kolins, not Alan Davis.
Kudos to Marvel for including issue 59 and 60, which Davis had no hand in but were included to help bridge the story gap. Whenever DC does artist-centric collections like this they omit everything that the artist didn't touch. Key plot issues, covers, it doesn't matter to DC if the artist named in the title of the collection didn't have a hand in the creation of it. Using their backward logic, shouldn't they also black out the word balloons if the artist wasn't also the writer of the issues collected in their artist-centric collections?
The Cloud Nine arc has exquisite, fluid action sequences, and is chock full of Davis' trademark British humour. I especially enjoyed Wire, a clear cut parody of the horribly overrated Cable who was burning up the sales charts at the time. Issues 66 and 67 are a sequel of sorts to the Claremont/Byrne classic Days of Future Past called Days of Future Yet To Come. Alan Davis' Sentinels are a wonderful hybrid of Kirby, Adams, and Byrne. So good!
If you haven't figured it out yet, I loved this book. You might also not be aware of this, but I am a huge Alan Davis fan. The only thing that kept the book from getting a 5 were the two non-Davis issues. They were only very good and not great like the rest of the book.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.75 out of 5.

The OCD zone- Nothing out of the ordinary to report here.
Linework restoration rating: 5 out of 5. If there's a dropout I didn't catch it.
Color restoration rating: 4.75 out of 5. While the original color palette is faithfully maintained, I noticed two horrid gradient blends that are not native to the original coloring process. Minus .25 points for that.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. I love the coated dull matte finish stock used in this book.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Cardstock, glue. Glue, cardstock.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. The usual thick waxy coating that Marvel uses on all of their TPBs.




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