A Final Stand Against The Watchers: Exiles #12 (Final Issue) Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Exiles confront the Watchers that sent Khan and her anti-Exiles against them. Despite Blink’s bravado, the Watchers are easily able to send the Exiles away to nightmare dimensions designed to torment them. All seems lost, but Blink and Iron Lad are able to meet up and come up with one final gambit to free themselves and the rest of the team. However, it might cost an Exile everything, and, even then, will the team be enough to stop a band of Watchers?

Exiles #12 cover by David Nakayama
Exiles #12 cover by David Nakayama

Exiles #12 is the final issue of this iteration of the title under creators Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez. It’s been a fun ride with a strange team, and I’m sad to see the book end this early.

This final issue shows many of the reasons that this book was so great. The Exiles have a unique camaraderie that few other team books can match. They are wanderers cast afloat across the multiverse. They share a strong bond, and Saladin Ahmed is a master of drawing this bond to the surface for the reader to enjoy.

There is a caveat to this issue, and it’s that the Exiles don’t really have much to do with the downfall of these rogue Watchers. I won’t spoil anything more than that, but it would have been nice if the team had more agency in their victory.

Exiles #12 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Exiles #12 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Javier Rodriguez finishes strong, giving this book the boundless visual personality and brilliantly distinct art style that only he can bring. The sequence that displays the nightmare dimensions the team members were trapped within is especially fabulous. Inker Alvaro Lopez brings his A-game as well, and color artist Muntsa Vicente keeps things dazzling and vibrant.

Exiles #12 is a strong finish for this wonderfully weird Marvel series. Ahmed, Rodriguez, Lopez, Vicente, and letterer Joe Caramagna do an excellent job of rounding out the series with an ending that, while not perfect, is still memorable and heartfelt. This one earns a recommendation with ease. Give it a read.

Exiles #12 comes to us from writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Rodriguez, inker Alvaro Lopez, color artist Muntsa Vicente, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, and cover artist David Nakayama.

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