29 Jul

Subject: Technet
Roster: Gatecrasher (Team Leader), Yap, Scatterbrain, Ringtoss, Waxworks, China Doll, Ferro, Joyboy, Bodybag, Thug, Numbers
First American Appearance: Excalibur Special Edition #1, 1988

Holy crap we’re really 4/5ths of the way through this series? And to commemorate the occasion we had to go with TECHNET?!

As an insult to the previous card, the Upstarts, Technet, an Excalibur villain team that wasn’t very relevant at all in the 90’s (basically as Excalibur became more integrated with the other X-Books), actually has one of their team get their own individual card (Gatecrasher, the team leader).

Cartoony art and characters were never Lee’s strong suit, which bodes terribly for Technet-related art. What was fun, refreshing, and vivid under the pencils of cocreator Alan Davis flounders against Lee, since the mass, volume, and heirarchy of his renderings are usually derived from powerful cross-hatching and detail, neither of which works much for Davis’ characters.

As a result, while I appreciate the zaniness of the composition of the card’s art, you can hardly tell where one character ends and one begins. It looks like an omelette of primary colors. Heck, I don’t even think I can actually see Gatecrasher in that card. Maybe he just forgot?

Once again the back of the card forgoes a team base drawing, even though the team bio refers to their new home on an abandoned pier in England. Yes, a rendering of a pier warehouse probably isn’t the most exciting thing to draw, but when it’s a choice between that and a half-filled-out card, I’d say go with the drawing.

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One Response to “80 – TECHNET”

  1. Jhei June 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Heck, I don’t even think I can actually see Gatecrasher in that card. Maybe he just forgot?

    – Judging from their costumes this was when Gatecrasher was elsewhere and Technet was under the leadership of Nightcrawler? hence th N emblem…they were N-Men? That is why Gatecrasher/Yap are not n the image…

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