Comic Talk: ‘Exiles’ (Marvel Comics)

This Wednesday 04/11/18 sees the release of Exiles Vol 5 #1.

Writer: Saladin Ahmed  •  Artist: Javier Rodriguez

Cover Price – $3.99

DON’T BLINK – THE EXILES ARE BACK! Fan-favorite X-Man Blink once joined a team destined to save not just the world, but the entire Multiverse. And now, her teleporting talents are needed once again! When a mysterious threat begins eating away at the fabric of the Multiverse, the Unseen – the man once known as Nick Fury who now can only observe Earth from a lofty post on the moon – must recruit a champion to save it. But she can’t do it alone. Who will join Blink’s new team – and can they ever go home again?

Let’s Talk about Exiles!

Exiles #1 was released in August 2001, written by Judd Winick and drawn by Mike McKone .

Exiles featured alternate versions of Blink, Mimic, Morph, Magnus, Nocturne, and Thunderbird.

These characters were pulled from their home universes by the mysterious Timebroker to help stop the multiverse from destruction  Their missions were given to them by the Tallus, a funky watch-like device that would give them information on what needed to be fixed or corrected  in order to complete their mission and move on to their next assignment.

One reviewer once described it as ‘Quantum Leap’ meets ‘Sliders‘. As a fan of both TV shows, I was immediately hooked. I started this series about halfway through its run and I was able to get every trade paperback for fairly cheap on Amazon at the time to catch up on the team’s earlier adventures.

What I liked about this series is that it had a rotating cast of characters. Every once in awhile, the Timebroker would show up to tell one of the Exiles that they would be sent back to their home universe because they fulfilled their required duties.  Other times a team member would be hurt or die during the course of a mission and they would be instantly replaced by a new team member.

For fans of the comic series ‘What If?’,  you would get a peek at some of the different alternate Earths in the Marvel multiverse.

For example, the Exiles next found themselves on Earth-21117, where Curt Connors was responsible for turning everyone on the western coast into a lizard-human hybrid, forcing the US to create a preserve for them. The Exiles prevented a cured Connors from wiping out his mistake, but Connors committed suicide as a result.

On Earth-3931 the Exiles were charged with trying to stop a team of Vampire Avengers from obtaining mystical totems to gain immortality. During their initial clash one of the vampires bit Sunfire, who began to turn. The group enlisted the aid of Ken Crichton, the former Union Jack who retired after being disfigured by Captain America; though he assisted in destroying the Vampire Avengers and restored Sunfire to normal, Crichton merely wanted to usurp Captain America’s power for his own. Transforming into the Vampire King, he used his magic to disrupt the Exiles’ teleport out of his reality; this interference fractured the team and shunted them to various realities throughout the Multiverse. ( Credit for this information- Marvel Wiki)

You can find a whole list of the different multiverses featured in the run of Exiles here at the Marvel wikia page.

Now that you have some background on Exiles, be sure to pick up the first issue of the new revamped series this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at local comic shops and Comixology .