February 5, 2005
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: A Tooth For a Tooth
Back on Blink’s homeworld, the Exiles face an unthinkable mission!
Writer: Tony Bedard
Art: Mizuki Sakakibara
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Marts
Cover Art: Mizuki Sakakibara
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As much as I love Tony Bedard’s writing, I’m the first one to say it’s taken him some time to get his footing on this title. With this issue, it feels like he’s finally nailed it. Too many of his previous arcs have felt like stock stories with the Exiles plugged in, with only the running subplot about the increasingly erratic Timebroker to hold things together.
This issue that subplot takes the forefront as the team returns to Blink’s home, the world of the Age of Apocalypse. We find out what happened to her during the months she was missing from this title and see how that world has progressed. This book is billed as a tie-in to the upcoming Age of Apocalypse miniseries, but this first issue at least stands on its own perfectly well. We delve very deeply into some of our main characters and the team finally does something proactive, rather than just being tugged along from world to world and following the Timebroker’s edicts.
Even when Bedard was struggling, the problem was never that he was telling bad stories. The problem was that the stories didn’t necessarily feel tailor-made for the Exiles. To be fair, this is an inherent limitation in the concept – it’s kind of like the show Quantum Leap. When the premise of the series is that your characters go from timeline to timeline attempting to fix problems, it’s difficult to tell stories that are about the characters and not about the world itself. By returning to Blink’s home, this issue the title finally starts pull it off.
Mizuki Sakakibara’s artwork is top-notch, as always. She has a real candle not just on the characters, but on the storytelling aspect. She knows how to lay out a page to best compliment the script, and she gives us a really great cover.
This issue serves as a prologue to a two-issue “Son of Apocalypse” arc that will hit the series in March. If the next two issues are as solid as this one, it’s safe to say that Bedard is finally making it his own.