I've written about nepotistic continuity in the past, and this issue of New Excalibur was ripe with it. Writer Frank Tieri does not just wrap up his storyline with Chamber that he began in the old Weapon X series, but he also manages to tie-in the events of his recent Apocalypse vs. Dracula mini-series.
That is quite a feat, don't you think?
I think there should be some sort of nepotistic continuity medal for that. At the medal ceremony, they could play Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You."
Anyhow, for a story whose sole purpose is to get Chamber out of that hospital bed with the gaping hole in his chest (as seen in Generation M) after he lost his powers, it is not that bad.
For a story whose intent is to entertain, it is not that good.
Scott Kolins does a good job on the art in the story, I thought. Although I wonder who designed Chamber's new look? I was not impressed, although I like that his mouth is so weird looking that he should still wear a scarf over his mouth, even if he doesn't have to.
The plot of the comic is that "Apocalypse" saves Chamber from the hospital and gives him new powers (but only tells him that he is healed, not that he has new powers). We learn that Chamber is tied to the Clan Akkaba, the group of human descendents of Apocalypse, which ties into Apocalypse vs. Dracula, as there was a Starsmore in that series. Chamber now has the Clak Akkaba logo on his chest, which Pete Wisdom copies at the end and will investigate in the future.
As for New Excalibur, they show up at the end and Chamber tells them off, because he's done with heroing. Interesting exchange.
All in all, while this is a nice explanation of Chamber's new powers, and it's good to see Chamber back, as an actual story, it really was fairly blah. A lot of exposition and filler, really. Not a whole lot of conflict, and basically zero action.
But Chamber is back! So that should make some folks happy.
All in all, Not Recommended. Very nice art, though.