Thursday, September 22, 2005

Exiles: Timebreakers

"Timebreakers" is the eleventh volume of the dimension-hopping Exiles series. In this story, we get the answers to the goings-on behind the scenes with the Timebroker who initially pulled the Exiles from their realities to fix the alternate broken realities. It's what the whole series has been leading toward. In recent issues, the Timebroker's been acting rather off, comrades have disappeared for no reason, etc. But all of these things are explained in a huge, explosive climax where, of course, we see Exiles die, as is kind of the fun of the series. Remember the brutal little Illyana? Yeah, she was my favorite. Sigh. Anyways, this volume also contains the story "Destroy All Monsters," where the world is very Godzilla-like. Giant monsters are constantly appearing, like Fin Fang Foom and Krakoa, the island that walks like a man. It's fun to see big monsters duke it out. This is always one of those series where I'm not really enthused about picking up the next trade, but I really enjoy it when I do. It's just a good fun romp, the latest trade being no exception. I definitely think the series has improved with Tony Bedard's taking over as writer. He continues to thrill and amaze. However, the art has always been rather less than spectacular in this book. Maybe someday Marvel will see fit to throw some good pencillers on the series.

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