|Art by Alan Davis and Paul Neary|
|NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #2, 1986|
Following the NEW MUTANTS annual, Betsy remained at Xavier's school to get a better handle on her psychic powers and, in an issue of UNCANNY X-MEN guest-penciled by Davis, she officially joined the X-Men under the code name Psylocke. Betsy has been intertwined so closely with the X-Men ever since, that her relationship to Captain Britain has become a minor footnote in her character's history.
A year after his appearance in NEW MUTANTS, Captain Britain again dropped in on Xavier's school, this time with Meggan, to visit Betsy in 1987's UNCANNY X-MEN annual. In this largely forgettable story, again by Claremont and Davis, Cap plays a laughably minor role alongside the X-Men to battle a demon named Horde. Cap's appearance in this tale is so superfluous that one wonders if he was only included because Davis was drawing it.
|Betsy as Psylocke|
I should note than I will break down my EXCALIBUR reviews by trade paperback volume, meaning there will be a total of eight: EXCALIBUR CLASSIC volumes 1 through 5, and EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: ALAN DAVIS 1 through 3. Additionally, I will cover only issues by Claremont and/or Davis. There were several fill-ins in EXCALIBUR during its early years, and I did not read them for my recent marathon. Lastly, as this is a Captain Britain retrospective, I will cover mainly the story aspects relating to Cap in particular, while painting the rest of the action with very broad strokes.
Now, on with the series!