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Review: Exiles #2

SHE COMES FROM THE LAND OF THE ICE AND SNOW!
…and enchanted hammers! The Exiles land in Asgard just in time to aid Valkyrie in a fight against the fire demon Surtur! But the Lord of Ragnarok is the least of their problems. The Time-Eater is hot on the team’s heels, and when he takes Asgard, no Valhalla awaits Valkyrie or her new friends. Good thing they’re about to pick up a Wolverine! And he’s got red on his claws. The mystery of the stolen pies starts here as Blink completes her new team of multiversal champions!

Exiles #1, it was good but didn’t quite blow me away. Exiles #2 is more of the same with new team members picked up and the debut of the Thor: Ragnarok inspired Valkyrie, except she’s not a whole lot like her movie counterpart. Written by Saladin Ahmed, the issue is very similar to the first in that it bounces the team around as they barely escape the time eater. Combine the two issues and things might have been better with a quicker pace but the two issues feel a little drawn out.

Crunching the two into one issue would also take off the pressure of Valkyrie who looks like her movie counterpart but is at the point she’s still a member. That’s opposed to the drunk bounty hunter we fell in love with. So, it’s the same character but not at the same time. With a compressed beginning, that could be set up later. As is, I was too focused on the differences. Wolvie also joins the team in a comedic fashion and how he gels with the story will be interesting. Funny or irritating. It’ll be a fine line.

The art by Javier Rodríguez, ink by Álvaro López, and color by Chris O’Halloran is decent. It’s not quite my thing but the transitions are cool and there’s such varied characters and locations but it all still works.

Two issues in and I’m ready to tap out but like previous volumes, I’m not sure this is for me. And that’s ok to say. It’s not bad, it’s just not my cup of tea. Things are picking up a bit so I’ll give it until the end of the first arc but so far, we’ve seen this creative team do better.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Javier Rodríguez
Ink: Álvaro López Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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