Review: EXILED #1

Written by Kieron Gillen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Release Date: May 2, 2012

So, Marvel has other things going on than AvX? Yes! New Mutants and Journey Into Mystery meet in the first issue of Exiled, a mini-event crossover written by Kieron Gillen, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. I’ll say from the outset, I find the pairing of these two titles odd, and as of yet I still don’t see the connection between them. This issue’s script is not bad, by any means, and being that it is written by 3 different writers it is surprisingly cohesive in terms of voice. As a first issue, though, I found it quite dizzying. Dancing between Asgard and the New Mutants’ apartment was somewhat jarring story-wise and the explanation of the Disir and the many deals that have transpired to put them in their current state became absolutely confusing. There is a lot going on in this issue, and while the writers know their characters well, the events are so disjointed I could not find any flow or reason for this comic yet. By the end the script was definitely going places and the writers have planted seeds that look promising, hopefully things become more tightly weaved as the story progresses.

On art detail is Carmine Di Giandomenico, an artist I have virtually no ties with, but was impressed by. There is serious skill in this art, and it is to be noted that Giandomenico pencils both the bizarre magic worlds of Asgard and the suburban apartment of the New Mutants. Polar opposites to pencil, yet skilfully completed. I’m curious if nothing else to see more from Giandomenico.

Verdict: 7.0/10


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