Exiles (2001 Series) #56
Quick Rating: Good
Title: Bump in the Night Part II
The Exiles and their unlikely allies plan their assault on Zarathos.
Writer: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jim Calafiore
Inks: Mark McKenna
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Marts
Cover Art: Jim Calafiore
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Exiles have landed on a world where the evil sorcerer Kulan Gath’s scheme to turn New York into a medieval island worked too well. Gath was deposed by Zarathos, the demon who once formed Ghost Rider, and the Exiles have to work with Spider-Man, Magik and Gath himself to save this world… by putting Gath back on the throne.
That’s the setup from last issue. This issue, being the middle part of a three-part storyline, is long on setup. Much of it is taken up by planning by both the heroes and villains of the piece. At the end, we get a nice action sequence rife with battles, betrayals, superheroes and swordplay. It’s fun.
But it’s just fun.
Tony Bedard’s work on this title has slowly improved as his tenure has worn on, but it still hasn’t quite hit the crest of going from just a good, fun title to being something to get excited about. It’s a lot of fun to see the heroes in such bizarre settings – that’s part of the appeal to begin with. I can’t help feeling that it’s missing just a little something more, a little push to make it a really excellent comic.
The push is not needed in the art department, fortunately. Jim Calafiore and Mark KcKenna have a task, redesigning so many characters, but they do it with ease. The first page is a great, striking image, even though people who read the issue should immediately understand that it isn’t as it seems, and all-around, it looks very good.
Exiles is a decent title. I like it. But I want to love it, and it’s not quite there yet.