A Brilliant Return From Exile! (Exiles #1 Comic Review)

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Penciler: Javier Rodriguez

Inker: Alvaro Lopez

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Letter: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover: David Marquez and Matthew Wilson

This Time: Last time in Original Sin, the original Nick Fury killed the Watcher, and through a series of complicated events ended up cursed to be his successor, stranded on the same moon the Watcher always was. As The Unseen, he watches the activities of the Marvel Universe; and is very surprised when a familiar face portals in, bringing an odd, equally familiar item known as the Tallus. The familiar face is another Nick Fury, uncursed and from another Earth deep in Marvel’s Multiverse, and he leaves after delivering his cargo- saying that he only knew it was important to deliver it to this place, at this time. There’s a team a girl and her friends will lead- but before he can say anything else, he’s seemingly absorbed into the Tallus itself.

As we’re introduced to Blink, Clarice Ferguson, we take her through a brief reunion with an alternate-Earth aunt, before detecting the memorable energy of the Tallus, and heading off towards the moon. The Unseen informs her of a beast known only as the Time-Eater devouring realities; and tells her that as the Champion of the Tallus, its her duty to protect what realities remain. A short argument goes nowhere, as Blink is sent off to a handful of realities only to witness erasure along the way; meeting an old, grizzled version of Kamala Khan from a future gone dark, and a version of Iron Lad who never made the choice of hero or villain. The meeting with Iron Lad goes well, until the massive force of Kang shows up on the hunt; reminding Iron Lad, his younger self, that true escape is impossible. But as Kang is lost to a fury of erasing light, the beast known as the Time-Eater reveals itself; what appears to be the giant, floating, damaged, zombified head of Galactus.

Reed Strong’s Strong Reads: Exiles is one of the few comics in the past 18 years at either Marvel or DC to run from issue one to issue one hundred uninterrupted, and the original run of Exiles even continued on for a few short volumes after that. But that being said, this book has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the charm, bizarrity, and absolute fun of the bulk of the original run make themselves fully known here. Saladin nails the quick sliders-hoping pace of a book like this, and albeit wordy beginnings quickly thrusts Blink right into the middle of the action, leading up a fantastic reveal of the series’ first big bad. Bellair’s colors go with Lopez’s inks on Rodriguez’s pencils absolutely beautifully, and the distinct lettering of the Unseen and the other worlds we see in this first issue shine from Caramagna’s distinct styles. Exile is a book for fans new or old, and for anyone who wants to see some universe hopping hijinks? You’ve got your pick right here.

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Summary
Exiles #1 brings back a fan-favorite team with that great taste you remember, and a beautiful new coat of paint. And after that initial taste, and you get to the crunchy filling? The new, unique style of this Exiles run is just ready to explode in your mouth.
Good
  • Fast paced variety.
  • A solid introduction to over half of our main team, establishing each world just as much as it needs to.
  • Makes Original Sin matter again.
Bad
  • The first third is wordy, but has a lot of back-story and context that it needs to tell.
  • Could be a difficult book for a new reader to hop onto, but they're guaranteed a fantastic first issue if they can stick their heels in.
9
Amazing
Story - 9
Artwork - 9
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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