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Top 100 Summer Comics #13

Bad luck is for suckers, so here’s #13.

Alan Davis bangs out one of the best annuals. Maybe the coolest X-book that doesn’t really feature any true X-Men.

New Mutants? Check. Pre-Ninja Psylocke? Check. O.G. Excalibur? Check.

Doug Ramsey saving the day? DOUBLE CHECK!

Here’s the thing – I never liked Doug Ramsey. He sucked. He was the most transparent attempt at an everyman / everychild for the meek and meager to relate to. As if Cannonball wasn’t lame enough?

When he was killed (or put down like a poor old dog in my opinion) the New Mutants were able to grow. The team could face dangers and conflict with a different tone – simply put, Doug’s greatest contribution was dying. However, this is the best Doug story, and Alan Davis knocks it out of the park. I think this was the era when Arthur Adams was the king of the x-annual, and I think Alan Davis rose to the challenge. Home run issue for anyone who likes any of the following.

1. Alan Davis art (seriously, some of his best stuff)

2. New Mutants

3. Excalibur

4. Word Balloons galore aka Claremontian storytelling

5. Doug Ramsey aka Cypher aka the lamest duck.
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