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Writer: Saladin Ahmed / Artist: Javier Rodriguez / Publisher: Marvel

A New Flip

Exiles #2 is ready for the television animation screen. The quickness it brings to its readers is hilarious. The consistent back and forth between characters in contrast with the confusion of the area around them was well executed. The artistry mixed in with the font in the dialogue helps the reader create different voices in their head. It turned this comic from a view to an experience. While traveling through alternate realities, we come across our beloved character’s in an “opposite reality.” The most comical being Wolverine turning into an adorable creature who loves pies. Readers often see the lightheartedness in comics through dialogue or soft moments within the arc. Exiles #2 presents this softness within the artistry, dialogue, font, and presentation. Due to its quick movements, it might be difficult to follow along, but once the reader adjusts to the pace of each panel it becomes easier to digest.

Intension vs Confusion

An enjoyable part of the comic is the connection one may feel with the characters in each scene. Due to the speed and quick wit of each hero and with the packed images, Exiles created an atmosphere of confusion. At times, it felt like it was moving extremely fast. Then, it flips and moves slow. Though some may see this as off-putting, it helps one understand the movement and intention of each character. At first, the quickness was scary, due to the fact I didn’t understand which alternate universe they were in. Before I can settle into the new setting, it quickly flipped. For future issues, it would be better if new methods were approached in order to execute the emotion the writer was trying to emote.

Though it might feel like an “exciting” trip for me, I could understand how it would be hard to grasp for many others. The best parts of the comic are the sections that move quickly, and it would be disappointing for others not to grasp onto the aspects that need to be slowed down.

8.2 Wolvies out of 10

Reading Exiles? Find BNP’s other reviews of the series here.

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  • Khadjiah Johnson is a Caribbean-American writer and humor advocate who uses poetry and comedy as a leverage to empathize and uplift. Her work has taken her to Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, BET, Off-Broadway and many more! She hopes to use her talents to sway her way into the writers room for a Late Night Comedy Show.

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