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Exiles (2001 Series) #52

Sepember 5, 2004

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Living Planet Part One

On a Earth infected by Ego, the Exiles must face off against the Avengers and their ally… Doctor Doom!

Writer: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Mark McKenna
Colors: JC
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Marts
Cover Art: Mizuki Sakakibara
Publisher: Marvel Comics

While I appreciate the fact that this book doesn’t restrict itself to only X-Men related characters, even with the Avengers and Doctor Doom as the focus of this arc, I can’t help but feel the title is getting a tad repetitive.

This time out, the Exiles are dropped into a universe where Earth is being overwhelmed with “antibodies” from Ego the Living Planet, the Fantastic Four is MIA, and the Avengers and Doctor Doom seem to be the only hope for saving the world.

In a time where most comic books are artificially elongating their storylines, wasting issues and issues on pointless filler, Tony Bedard’s Exiles is a book that suffers from the exact opposite problem – he’s not taking enough time to tell the stories to their utmost potential. The very nature of this title, with heroes that are dropped into one universe after another with imminent dangers to fight against, doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for downtime and character exploration, which is what the book is somewhat lacking. The versions of the Avengers in this world, while incredibly interesting on the surface, are sort of glossed over – a modified Captain America, female versions of Yellowjacket and Iron Man (still inexplicably called “Man”), and a much more classically Nordic Thor than we have in the core Marvel Universe. I’d love to see how “our” heroes got this way, but we don’t in this issue and I don’t suspect we will next issue either.

As Andrea has stated elsewhere, that problem also afflicts the main characters of the series. Namora and Beak have effectively been on the team for eight issues now, but neither have had too much development or too much to do. Bedard needs to find a balance between character development and alternate-reality cookiness.

Jim Calafiore, the “regular” fill-in penciller, does a good job this issue, particularly with all of the character redesigns. The changes made in the looks of existing characters doesn’t seem too capricious, change for change’s sake, but instead leave you wondering exactly what happened to make the characters that way (with the exception of Hawkeye, who looks a bit too “90s,” if you know what I mean).

I’m still enjoying this book, but not as much as I should. I hope that once this storyline wraps, whatever comes next, Bedard will pull it back out.

Rating: 6/10

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