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Exiles #24

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Kev Walker

Publisher: Marvel Comics

On a world that is under the iron grip of Tony Stark we see the world-hopping Weapon X members have arrived to help Stark take full control of this world. To this end the group has to battle a supercharged Wonder Man, to gain a key that will allow them to breach the force field that currently surrounds the Inhumans city.

The problem with this book is that Judd Winick seems to have run out of ideas he can explore within these pages, so in an effort to change things up he's shifted the focus to another group of characters, and simply reversed the typical scenario he had been using. So instead of having the Exiles arrive on a world that is overrun by an evil power where upon they have to save this world, we have Weapon X (the evil version of the Exiles) arrive on a world overrun by an evil power, and they actively agree to help this evil power attain the final piece in their quest for global dominance. In the end I will concede that this Weapon X group contains several alternate versions of my favorite characters, as its lineup includes Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and yes I'll even fess up to being a Gambit fan.

However, the simple truth of the matter is that this book is simply not coming close to realizing the potential I had expected from it, as Judd Winick seems quite content to fiddle around with the same premise over & over again, and siding our lead characters with the villain of the piece simply isn't enough of a change to have me ignoring the idea that I've seen the dance many times before. As for the art, Kev Walker's work is dark & edgy, which suits the material quite nicely, but his supercharged Wonder Man wasn't as imposing a figure as he needed to be.

Final Word:
Exiles is a bit like that song on the radio that one rather enjoys the first few times you here it, but after it becomes a big hit you quickly grow to dislike hearing it, as it gets played over & over again until itís run into the ground. Now Judd Winick does take on his cookie cutter plot from different angle, as our lead characters have sided with the villain. However, once this idea that these characters are advancing the villain's interests is set up this book quickly falls into the exact same pattern it's been following for the better part of a year. Yes I'm a fan of the slugfest, and Weapon X versus a supercharged Wonder Man was fairly entertaining show, but the simple truth of the matter is that this book is puttering along on the fumes of what once was a fairly clever premise, and it would appear Judd Winick's creative juices are running a bit low. Perhaps a year off messing around in the DCU will act to get his head back in the game, and if not then I'd gladly welcome a new writer.

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