These three story arcs mark the return and second
departure of Judd Winick, as well as the contents of the
Exiles: Fantastic Voyage trade paperback that
ships early next year.
Title: Exiles #31-37, including “Avengers Forever,” “A
Farewell,” and “Fantastic Journey.” These issues will be
the next trade paperback, titled “Fantastic Journey,” when
out in January.
Author: Judd Winick
Illustrator(s): Jim Califiore, Tom Mandrake, Clayton Henry,
Original Publication Date: August through November 5,
Cover Price: $2.99 US / $4.75 Can per issue
Buy from: Amazon.com
A Blinkless team must deal with vampire Avengers, love,
“Like a Fellini film, only less linear.” Very funny, and not
Switching artists in the middle of a three issue story arc.
The first story arc was the kind of thing the Exiles often do:
out where this reality diverged from the rest, and beat the
people up until it’s back on track. It gets more
from there, including one issue in which nobody gets hit
much at all.
I give it 4 out of 6.
The artwork by Henry and Calafiore is good.
The work by
Mandrake doesn’t impress me. The work by Sakakibara
would have been
fine had it not been the second issue in a three part story
the other two issues were drawn by Clayton Henry. I give
it 4 out of
The stories told are all entertaining, even if the
isn’t that fresh. Judd Winick’s last issue for a while (in light
his exclusive contract with DC) ends on a pretty strong
I’m not surprised to see that the next two story arcs won’t
directly from this point. (Issues 38-40, by Chuck Austen,
the Weapon X team. Issues 41-42, written and drawn by
are about Nocturne’s life before joining the team.) I give it
The characterization is here, and is stressed
in the “A
Second Farewell” story arc. The other five issues have
consistent characters, but the only real developments take
those middle issues, and issue 37. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was
fairly good. I
laughed several times, and enjoyed a lot of the arcs. (I
definitely noticed that I respond better when I’m familiar
story that “went wrong” from the normal continuity, though.)
it 4 out of 6.
The flow was well done, keeping a rapid pace
action issues and a slower pace for the character issues.
I give it 5
out of 6.
Overall, it’s not as strong as the previous sets,
worth picking up. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Exiles #31-37 receives 31 out of 42.