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Exiles #3: Review

May 2018
Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodríguez

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4 stars

Exiles #3 Review by (May 18, 2018)
Morph was a member of the Exiles with Blink from the very beginning. They were still active in the last series (6 issues in 2009) where the pair organised a new team.

Peggy Carter Captain America is a character from the Marvel Puzzle Quest game where she became the super-soldier after Steve Rogers was killed by Red Skull's assassin before he could undergo the process.

Red Skull had a similar Flying Fortress in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie.

The Howling Commandos were Sergeant Nick Fury's team in WWII.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Exiles #3 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Tallus has gathered together the Age Of Apocalypse Blink and a new group of Exiles to combat the Time-Eater which is swallowing alternate realities. The Unseen (ex-Nick Fury on Earth-616's Moon) sort-of had something to do with creating this team and the Watchers got very angry with him last issue for breaking their non-interference rule. But when they tried to execute him Blink intervened and the Tallus got damaged. It's now sent them to a seemingly-random reality ...

... occupied by weapon-toting (and clothes-wearing) intelligent dinosaurs who attack them. Valkyrie gets knocked off her flying horse but Iron Lad picks her up and drops her on the foes. Blink's energy javelins and Khan's big gun take care of some more. But Wolvie hides, and Khan questions why the Tallus recruited him. Blink says it usually knows what it's doing. But then the Time-Eater starts eating this reality and the Tallus takes the team away.

Iron Lad detects that the Tallus is trying to take them somewhere specific but it can't find its way there. It may be due to the damage last issue but Nate Richards thinks the Time-Eater is also warping the fabric of the multiverse. On the way he asks Valkyrie what her name is since Valkyrie is a generic title for the Asgardian Choosers Of The Slain. But she replies that when she became the lone defender of her timeline's Asgard she gave up her earlier name.

Then they arrive in another reality - this 1 a multi-coloured hippie heaven. But before they can explore it a version of Nick Fury pops in through a portal. He indicates that he's already met the Exiles before popping out through another portal. (It was such an alternate-reality Nick Fury who delivered the Tallus to the Unseen in #1 before dying.)

Wolvie picks some flowers and gives them to Valkyrie. Blink compliments Iron Lad on his kindness (not *that* evident). Battle-hardened Khan says kindness can be a good tactic to inspire loyalty.

They meet this reality's Namor the Sub-Mariner who welcomes them to New Atlantis and the Age of Aquarius. The team turn down most of what he offers but won't say no to a feast. And then Blink's old fellow Exile Morph greets her. He's been waiting here for the rest of his current Exiles to arrive and is getting worried about them. And then the Time-Eater eats *this* reality.

The team's next stop is a dark WWII airplane hanger. They are accosted by Becky, a young female in a Bucky costume, and then this reality's Captain America, Peggy Carter, shows up. Fortunately she mistakes these strangely-garbed folks, even cartoon Wolvie, as the special agents she's been expecting to help kill Red Skull.

Khan stifles Wolvie's confused objections to killing and asks for more details on the mission. Carter explains that Red Skull is heading his Flying Fortress to New York to drop an atomic bomb on it.

The whole group get into a plane, including Gabe Jones, Izzy Cohen and pilot Eric Koenig of the Howling Commandos, and catch up with the enormous Flying Fortress. They drop on it from above and Valkyrie rips a way in. They fight their way to Red Skull sitting next to the A-Bomb. Cap drops a load of explosives at his feet and it becomes clear why she called this a suicide mission.

But the WWII heroes don't know how devastating an atomic bomb really is, even detonated at this height. So Blink teleports them and the A-Bomb out of the plane before it is destroyed by the explosives.

The 2 teams celebrate by the bomb as Becky dances with Valkyrie to the music of trumpet and harmonica (Becky's been making eyes and suggestions at Val throughout). But Wolvie smells a leak form the A-Bomb, and it explodes potentially killing them all.

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Javier Rodríguez
Alvaro Lopez
Chris O'Halloran
David Marquez (Cover Penciler)
David Marquez (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Wil Moss. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


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Plus: Blink (of Age of Apocalypse), Exiles, Iron Lad (of Exiles), Khan (Kamala Khan), Morph, Time-Eater (Kang), Unseen (Nick Fury), Valkyrie (of Exiles), Wolvie.