The Exiles Meet Their Dark Opposites In Exiles #11

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Exiles have found their supposedly fallen ally, Khan. She was saved from death by the Watchers, and they have granted her a new team of Exiles. The Watchers promised Khan her family back if she brings them Blink’s team of Exiles. Dark reflections of Valkyrie, Wolvie, Captain America and Becky, Iron Lad, and the King rally behind Khan, each promised with the return of their native worlds.

Exiles #11 cover by David Nakayama
Exiles #11 cover by David Nakayama

Exiles #11 finds the team at odds with a dark Exiles and fears each member has had about themselves and their loved ones.

It’s an action-packed issue, and it moves a lot more swiftly than previous issues of Exiles. If there is a criticism of Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez’s otherwise excellent revival of the series is the comic’s propensity towards verbosity (to put it as snobbily as possible). There tends to be a lot of dialogue and exposition, but this issue is far more action than talking.

It’s a shame to see the book on its way out, as it has been one of the gems of Marvel’s past year. It was one of the first new books of the year after a year-end full of cancellations. It’s colorful, creative, and fresh, and I’m sad to hear that it’s about to end.

Exiles #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Exiles #11 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Javier Rodriguez gets to really strut his stuff in this issue, and the fight scenes between the two Exiles look great. It’s kinetic, full of superpowers being slung back and forth, and the designs of the dark exiles look great. Alvaro Lopez contributes neat and defining inkwork, and Muntsa Vicente’s color work is vibrant and jumps off the page well.

Exiles #11 is an exciting and kinetic issue finding our world-hopping heroes at odds with dark reflections intent on bringing them to the angry Watchers. It’s a fun and fast-moving read and easily worth a recommendation. Give it a read.

Exiles #11 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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