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More Than It Seems

July 11, 2009

     After failing their first harrowing mission, the Exiles are now on to their next one, which hopefully, will go better.  They have to overthrow the machines, led by Cerebro, which have taken over the entirety of North America and reduced it to a desert through their use of nuclear weapons.  They end up getting attacked by the machines’ advance forces, a giant mechanical centipede and a bunch of Sentinels.  Polaris owns the Sentinels, and that’s that.  They eventually decide to get some sleep, and a few hours later, Blink travels away to go find everyone some food.  While she’s gone, Cerebro’s three assistants, Machine Man, Ultron, and Vision, come to meet with the Exiles.  The Exiles mistake it for an attack, and the three of them have to beat them up.  Seems that they aren’t so compliant with Cerebro’s wishes as expected.  Blink returns to find her teammates gone and rushes off to find them.  She makes some comments that indicate that she is indeed the same Blink we all known and love, and she manages to find the team.  That’s when we find out that Polaris… is full of machine parts.

     I’m so glad to see Blink finally show that she’s the same Blink from the old Exiles series.  She was by far the most popular character from then, and it’s good to see her back.  Now, I’m curious as to what exactly the machine trio’s agenda is, since they’re not exactly completely following Cerebro.  But this is another intriguingly different world from the mind of Jeff Parker.  He is quite a good successor to Tony Bedard and Judd Winick.  However, I already miss Salvador Espin.  Casey Jones’ art is nice enough, but it’s just not as dynamic looking, and everyone has the tendency to look tired.  Exiles needs artists who can draw whimsicality and dynamism in each and every character in order to properly reflect the mood of the book, and Casey Jones doesn’t quite cut it.  I can’t wait to see how Blink gets them all out of this situation, and I can’t wait to hear how Polaris is going to explain this!

Plot: 8.6      Art: 7.9      Dialogue: 8.5      Overall: 8.4

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