Wed 6 Feb 2008
I’ve been an avid reader of the Exiles comic since its first issue back in August 2001. In fact, I liked the series so much it quickly became my favorite book. I started looking forward to the Exiles more than all of my other comics combined! I’d read and re-read each book in anticipation of the next issue.
It’s not to say that this series didn’t have it’s down point. I don’t usually keep up with a change in writers when I’m enjoying a book. I always notice a change in art but that’s easy to spot, with Exiles I always noticed the change in the writing as well. I found that, early on in the series, the story felt new and exciting. It had a point and was getting to it slowly, one issue at a time. The books’ secrets were kept very well for years and kept me coming back for more!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and Exiles is no exception. The book ended with it’s 100th issue in a very anti-climactic way. Not that I blame them for ending the series, the last 20 or so issues saw the series take a much less exciting and more typically repetitive mundane-one-issue-at-a-time-with-no-end-in-sight direction so typical of Marvel comics. The mystery behind the story was lost and so was the magic.
I say this with a hard heart for I so did love this book and plan on rereading it from issue one to 100. Sure, the series is restarting with a new “New Exiles” title and a virgin “1″ as the issue number. And yes, I will be collecting and reading the new series as well. But one does not forget the death of an old good friend when he befriends someone who shares the same first name.
I won’t reveal anything about the plot nor give more insight on what the comic book is about. Instead, if you’re a comic book fan, and especially an X-Men fan, I strongly urge you to make every effort in getting your hands on the series (the old one, not the new one).
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