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Exiles, Vol. 1: Down The Rabbit Hole (Marvel Entertainment Group): Down the Rabbit Hole v. 1 [Paperback]

Judd Winnick
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (13 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785108335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785108337
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpectedly Xcellent 27 May 2003
I only checked out Exiles on a whim since getting back into comics after 7yrs. I was blown away. I've now got the entire collection. Although the characters themselves arent as good as the Xtreme or new Xmen, as far as powers go anyway(apart from Mimic who rocks). The stories although action packed, are very character driven which make for a far more interesting read.
I wont Spoil the plots for you but its basically about a bunch of younger teenage alternate universed/timed X-men brought together to "put right what once went wrong!" a lot like Quantum Leap and Sliders. It has loads of guest appearances from Wolverine, Spiderman, Hulk and all other Marvel characters, Its almost like reading the history of Marvel heroes, so it really helped keep me up to date from my absence.Plus You never know if who is gonna survive to be in next issue from the regular cast and guests.
Buy it you shouldnt be dissapointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time-hopping mutant adventures! 9 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Who are the Exiles?
They're a group of mutants each from a different alternate reality. Each one of them has just had something terrible happen to them. They are told by an omnipotent being called the Timebroker that if they go on missions fixing problems in other alternate realities, the problems will be fixed. They recieve their missions from a reality warping artefact called the Tallus. They never know where they're going next or what will happen to them. The characters are all interesting with plenty of different sides to them and that's what makes this so good.
The members are:
Blink: a purple skinned teleporter from a reality where America was ruled by Apocalypse. Her reality has been destroyed, as a result she was never born.
Mimic: the former terrorist turned X-Man who can "copy" other mutants powers. He is on death row because of an early terrorist attack.
Morph: shapeshifting comedian. He's probably the funniest character in comics. He was injured and is now in a comatose liquid form being kept by the Beast.
Nocturne: the daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch, he has telepathy and can shoot "Hex-Bolts" at her enemies. Her father has been kiled by her grandmother, Mystique.
Thunderbird: he was warped by Apocalypse to become his Horseman of War. He never left the side of Apocalypse.
Magnus: the son of Magneto and Rogue. He can magnetically control things and and turns people into metal with skin to skin contact. He has turned his mother into steel.
These six mutants have to fix the time stream otherwise they face death or worse. They repair two timelines in this book, meet old friends and old enemies in what is easily one of the best X-Men books ever to be released!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of Something Excellent 7 Jan 2004
By A Customer
The exiles is fast paced and very different from anything else Marvel currently has out. The idea of time travelling mutants who need to repair other timelines in order to return to their own gives the writers a lot to play with and it shows in some of the storylines they come up with. You see a lot of recognisable characters but in different worlds they play different roles. All in all, its well worth a read, the characters are varied and easy to relate to and Morph is the funniest character to come along in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New worlds, Same characters. Kind of 12 Mar 2009
I loved this title rom the moment I heard about the idea. An on going What-If title that had a group of heros at it's core.
Each of the heroes are from a seperate reality, torn away from thir home by The TimeBroker. Each of them have links to the X-men. So While X0men save with Worl, Exiles save reality.
A superb idea from an even better writer.
Judd Winnick shows wht he is one of the greatest comic writers on the go at the moment.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Time, Another Place 24 Aug 2002
By Mel Odom - Published on Amazon.com
EXILES brings together six X-Men from different realities and sets them loose on missions to correct time-lines in still other realities. Mission: Impossible with mutants with a twist of "Marvel What-If". A mysterious being known only as the Time-Broker gathers Blink (born in the Age of Apocalypse), Nocturne (daughter of Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch), Thunderbird (another incarnation of John Proudstar), Magnus (son of Magneto and Rogue), Mimic (another incarnation of Calvin Rankin), and Morph (who comes with pratfall humor and is an incarnation of a character inspired by the X-Men cartoon series) and reveals their assignments. If they have any hope of returning to their different time-lines and altering the terrible events that took place there, they must straighten out various other time-lines first. Two different time-lines are presented in this graphic novel. In the first, the Exiles take on the most powerful evil mutant in the world: Charles Xavier. And in the second mission, they have to destroy Dark Phoenix instead of helping rescue Jean Grey.
Judd Winick was on MTV's "The Real World" and a good friend of Pedro Zamora, who later died of AIDS complications. Winick took up the lecture circuit regarding AIDS as he'd agreed to do for Zamora, and later did a book about the friendship called PEDRO AND ME. While on the show, Winick also launched a weekly comic strip, NUTS & BOLTS, and a later spin-off, FRUMPY THE CLOWN. He did ROAD TRIP, an Eisner nomination, and THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY WEEN, BOY GENIUS. Working with DC Comics, he has been writing the GREEN LANTERN monthly title, a ten-issue backup in Detective Comics, JOSIE MAC, and has upcoming projects for Vertigo and a Green Lantern/Green Arrow crossover. Mike McKone has worked on several X-Men titles, VEXT with Keith Giffen, SUPERMAN, MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, HULK, PUNISHER, THOR, SPIDER-MAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and many others.
EXILES gathers the first four issues of the monthly comic series into a graphic novel that stands well on its own. The story is familiar to many fans of comics and science fiction, and it's interesting to see the different way worlds and characters could have gone. Winick's handling of Morph, the team funnyman and pratfall king, stays just this side of going over the top. The two worlds revealed in the graphic novel are interesting. Featuring Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men, was a given, and the rewriting of the Dark Phoenix saga wasn't too surprising. Where the book really succeeds, though, is in Mike McKone's art, especially with long-time pal and partner Mark McKenna laying in the inks with Cannon and Jimmy Palmiotti. The panels explode off the page in color, vibrancy, and immediacy. Another nice touch is that no one in this series appears to be safe. One of the main characters is killed halfway through the graphic novel, only to be replaced almost instantly with another twisted version of someone near and dear to the X-universe. The potential of the series is great and can bring about the same sense of wonder that powered the WHAT IF series.
Given the overall framework of the comic series, these first two stories lack a little. They're not overly original and despite the premise, there isn't enough real tension or development of character. Of course, Winick is trying to introduce his characters and the concept at the same time, and even kills off one of the major players. There is also a tad bit of long-windedness from time to time that covers over the beautiful artwork.
Regular readers of Marvel's X-books will definitely want to take a look at this spin on their characters and their worlds, and Mike McKone's artwork is absolutely worth collecting for any comics fan.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best X-Men Spin-Off Ever! 9 May 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As a long time X-Men fan, I was excited about the recent relaunches of the X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and X-Force. While two of those books proved to be really good reads, none matched the total package that Winnick and McCone brought to the table. And if you are like me and missed the first four issues, this handy, cheap package is a brilliant introduction.
For long-time fans of the X-Men this book is a no-brainer. The plot is a mix of Avengers Forever and Quantum Leap. X-Men are plucked from different realities and times and brought together to "fix" different realities that used to only happen in What If? comics. None of the heroes know who has chosen them. They are only guided by a mysterious entity called the Tallus.
The cast list is a fun diverse group of X-Men. Blink, from the Ages of Apocalypse storyline a few years back leads the team. Mimic is very different from the one in the normal Marvel U. Morph is definitely the comic relief probably in his best written appearance since the old cartoon. The daughter of Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch, Nocturne, is probably my favorite character. There are many more characters, but telling you all about them will ruin half the fun of discovering them on your own.
If you are a newcomer, don't worry. There is not a lot of back continuity to be concerned about since all of the worlds and characters do not follow normal Marvel continuity. It's kind of fun to see even the characters having a hard time dealing with that.
Overall, I would say buy this book. You will be happy you did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2002 Marvel X-Men-centered alternate reality series, but check out 2009 Ultimate TPB instead 25 April 2009
By K. W. Schreiter - Published on Amazon.com
This collects the first four issues of the Marvel Comics "Exiles" series co-created by writer Judd Winick and artist Mike McKone. This alternate reality X-Men-centered title started in 2002 and ran for 100 issues before it was renamed "New Exiles". It has since been rebooted in 2009 with another new team and new #1 issue.
The original team consists of: Blink, Mimic, Magnus, Thunderbird, Nocturne and Morph, all from different universes besides our own within the Marvel Multiverse. Each member has been seemingly randomly transported into a new dimension, where they learn they must bounce between different worlds, solving problems and preventing destruction, all the while moving closer to returning to their own respective realities. The team must complete missions based on clues from a mystical Tallus, or else they face being squeezed out of existence. They face an alternate version of Professor X and witness an alternate Trial of The Phoenix. Like the 1970s restart of the X-Men, the plot features the death of an original team member.
The newly released Exiles Ultimate Collection TPB Volume 1 collects the first nineteen issues and is currently priced at $23 for 280 pages, offering a much better value for fans of this series than this slim TPB.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blink is Back! 16 Oct 2012
By zombie phreak - Published on Amazon.com
Blink was my favorite character in all of the Age of Apocalypse and I loved the Blink mini-series that I found that led into this series. When I saw this was going to become an ongoing series I was delighted!

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***

So there are infinite realities throughout the multi-verse and they all have something wrong with them. There is a being called the "Time Broker," who gathers up people from all the different universes. They are all super heroes in their own respects, they all have sightly different origin stories from what we are used to in the 616 continuity and they all have different motivations as well.

They are given the objective to go through the different universes and to fix what is wrong on the Earth of that universe. In this volume they go to a planet where all super powered beings are imprisoned in maximum security facilities so they don't cause trouble, and now that I think about it, that really would solve most of the problems of the Marvel universe. That is except when Galactus came knocking at the door. Their mission in this reality is to find their greatest teacher. They all assume this is Charles Xavier since he taught most of them how to control their powers. Except when they find and free him, he turns out to be a psychopathic, genocidal nut-job who just wants to kill all the humans and destroy their society so the mutant society can rise from the ashes. They end up having to take him out along with a group of super villains with him as well.

The greatest teacher turns out to be Magneto, so they free him and he starts on his mission to help humans and mutants live together in peace. But not before Magnus, (The son of Magneto from a different reality) is killed. He is then replaced on the Exiles team by Mariko a.k.a. Sunfire and they jump to the next reality where they are at the Trial of the Phoenix. Their mission is to ensure that Jean Grey is killed so the Dark Phoenix cannot rise to power and become a force that destroys entire galaxies as she rages out of control.

The Exiles manage to take out the X-Men, which almost kills them to do it because most of them knew and were raised from children/teenagers to adults by these people, so the idea of killing them in combat is something that they can't bring themselves to do. But the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, so they suck it up and decimate the X-men and convince Wolverine to help them kill Jean Grey. With that their mission is complete and they move onto the next reality and the next volume of the comic.

***END SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***END SPOILERS***

This comic was simply amazing! It's like they took the "What If..." line of comics and made an on-going series out of it with it's own plot line! Plus it's got my favorite purple skinned teleporting chick in it! This is a book that I totally enjoyed and I recommend to anyone who reads comics!
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men + Sliders + Quantam Leap = Freakin' Awesome 5 Nov 2006
By D. Maulding - Published on Amazon.com
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This series caught my attention when it first came out, considering I was a big fan of the Age of Apocolypse story arc and that it had Blink and Morph on the cover. Different Morph, but no matter! There a a variety of situations that this group gets into which involves missions to fix whatever problem there may be in whatever reality they may be in. Which can vary from major (Kill the Pheonix) to minor (buy a cheese danish). You'd be suprised how much can spiral out a pastry problem. The original team consists of Mimic - previously a minor character in the main reality (616), Blink - From the Age of Apocolypse reality, due to fan reaction most likely, Nocturne - Daughter of Scarlet Witch and Nightcrawler, Morph - A prominent hero and member of the Xmen and the Avengers in his reality, who will also just make you laugh with everything said, T-Bird - John Proudstar, thunderbird, who died on his first mission with the X-men in the 616 reality, but from his was captured by Apocolypse and turned into one of the Horsemen, and Magnus - the daughter of Magneto and Rogue, with gifts and curses from both of his parents, along with incredible power. If you have an at least decent knowledge of past events in the Marvel history, you would probably appreciate this title. I found it amazing when they got a mission in a reality that I only knew about from reading one issue ten or fifteen years ago. Pretty obscure! I like all the little references and cameos from the depths of the Marvel history and universe. Humurous and intense,it draws you in and you care what happens to the characters just like any other title that may be a bit more mainstream. Buy it, read it, love it. This review is meant not just for this volume, but this goes for the whole series run.
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