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.