They let Austen get his grubby little mitts on
another X-book. Again.
Title: Exiles: A Blink In Time
Author: Chuck Austen, Jim Calafiore
Illustrator(s): Jim Calafiore
Original Publication Date: Issues 38-45 were
published between last
winter and this April.
Cover Price: $19.99 US
Buy from: Amazon.com
There are three story arcs here. The first, “King
the first three issues, and is a Weapon X story. A
Hyperion joins Weapon X, and decides to ignore the
Timebroker and take
over the world they are sent to. The second,
“Nocturne’s Tale,” is
the one written by Calafiore. It’s a two issue story
significant part of Nocturne’s life before she became
an Exile. She’s
telling Blink about it way back during the
vacation we saw at
the end of volume 2. The third story arc, “A Blink
In Time,” is
through the last three issues, in which the Exiles
and Weapon X are
dumped on a single planet where they are required to
kill each other
off until only six people are left who will then form
a single team,
just in time for the X-Men: Reload promotion. This
third story picks
up exactly where issue 37 left off.
The Calafiore issues are much, much better than the
other six, which
Chuck Austen wrote.
The third story, which was significant enough to
become the name of
the trade paperback that will collect all of these
issues, is the
least entertaining. It’s also one that leaves too
unanswered. For example, Blink didn’t go home when
she left the team,
yet nobody questions that. (You could argue that she
felt more at
home where she went, but wouldn’t that further
realities? Shouldn’t she have been forced back where
she came from?)
Furthermore, the math didn’t work out; their mission
must not have
been correct, since they were down to six survivors
and the mission
still wasn’t over. Finally, the odds of that
particular group being
the survivors are pretty low. I get the impression
that all of
Austen’s contribution was to cash in on J. Michael
excellent Supreme Power run going on right
now. (I wonder if
Austen is bitter that his own The Eternal
wasn’t nearly as
This scores points for originality due to
and the telling of a major story that takes place
pre-Exiles. I give
it 5 out of 6.
The artwork is by Jim Calafiore, who has
defined the look of
this title as far as I’m concerned. I’m sorry that
he’s out with the
X-Men Reload, particularly given the quality of his
give it 5 out of 6.
The story rating varies from story to story.
is weak in both cases. I’ve already nitpicked the
second story arc,
but I haven’t even started on the first one, in which
air while in his armoured form. (I swear the guy has
Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men, which is a
he was writing on that title for a few years.) The
Calafiore work was
excellent, but it’s only a quarter of these issues,
so it only brings
things up to 4 out of 6.
The characterization in Calafiore’s work is
again compensates somewhat for Austen’s bland
contributions. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response was disappointing in
the outcomes for
the Austen work, and very satisfying in the Calafiore
portion. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The flow within stories works, but the
arrangement of these, putting two stories before a
of a previous story arc, just reads like they were
stalling for time.
When Winick told stories out of sequence, it was for
emotional release, to give vacations when the readers
needed them. I
give it 3 out of 6.
Overall, it’s not terrible, but you may want
to get the
Calafiore issues (41 and 42) and skip the rest. I
give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Exiles: A Blink In Time receives
29 out of 42.