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Exiles Ultimate Collection - Book 2 Paperback – August 19, 2009
- Publisher : Marvel; First Edition (August 19, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 440 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785138889
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785138884
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 1.52 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.63 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I probably enjoyed the opening Cyber-zombie arc the most. It had a fun horror vibes to it and one of the Exiles starts a romance with one of the local heroes that I found endearing. I notice some of the other reviews complaining about Blink getting replaced with an evil version of Magik. She's intentionally obnoxious, so I don't think that's a fair criticism, and not to spoil but you can probably guess that Blink, the main character of the whole series, isn't gone forever. All in all this volume left me excited to find out what happens next, which is rare after reading through as many X-Men comics as I have.
Binding on these really chunky volumes feels a little vulnerable to falling apart to me, but the glue made it through this reading at least. No extra material. Cover is cool and paper is the usual shiny/thin 00s style. Don't mind it but an omnibus for this series would be cool.
Jumping into this series at this venture I can say that the Exiles didn’t wow me, didn’t make me really interested in finding out about all of their origins, and didn’t make me care how things were really going to turn out. But I did have fun reading the book and on that basis alone I would be interested in checking out the other collections.
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The art was fairly good, and throughout the issues presented here, there are five different artists (six, if you count the mini bonus X-Men Unlimited comic), but by far my favourite was Clayton Henry, who drew for seven issues. His work is maybe a bit "toonier" than some hardcore comic fans may like but it was very vibrant and consistent. You had no trouble telling who anybody was from page to page. But fans of Mike McKone might be disappointed. McKone and Jim Calafiore (who does do a lot of artwork in V2) did all of the art in V1 but I guess Mike had moved on to a different project by this time.
The writing wasn't bad either, a bit depressing depending on what world they were visiting, but even then fairly good and definitely interesting. The two major deficients: First, the addition of the Exile Illyana of Earth-4210 almost ruined it for me; she was NOT a likeable character at all and she definitely didn't play well with others. All she wanted was to get home and she didn't care who she hurt to get there (like Capt. Janeway on crack). She would've fit better on Weapon X (the more violent reality-hopping team, currently led by an alternate Gambit).
The second was the ending to the storyline "Hard Choices", where the Exiles are forced to let a supervillain destroy a country and millions of people to "set things right." In other stories, when our guys and gals in tights are forced to make unpleasant decisions we are told why things have to be this way. No such explanation here, a bunch of people have to die and a psychopath conquers the world. Even the prior storyline, "With an Iron Fist" (a dystopia if there ever was one), gave us the reasons why such horrible things had to happen in that world.
I did really enjoy the "Fantastic Voyage" though, where The Exiles find themselves on The Four's first space journey that makes them Fantastic...until one of them turns Ferocious. It was a good story, even with it ending with the loss of another Exile (sadly not Illyana).