The Exiles Take On The ‘1001 Nights’ And Caliph Doom In #10

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Exiles and Nocturne find themselves at the mercy of Doom. However, this is not the Doom they know; this Doctor Doom is actually Caliph Doom and resembles one of the two principal characters from 1001 Nights folk tale. He also believes Nocturne to be Shahrazad and his wife from the tale. The Exiles won’t abandon Nocturne to this fate, but they have to retreat after Caliph Doom summons his Doom Bots. Upon escaping, the Exiles find themselves allied with two people resembling Black Cat and Doctor Strange.

Exiles #10 cover by David Nakayama
Exiles #10 cover by David Nakayama

Exiles #10 continues the book’s endearing trend of taking on classic genres with Marvel heroes and villains inserted into the setting. This is the first time in the series that a specific story is recreated with Marvel characters, and, to its credit, the characters acknowledge it. It’s little more than a lampshading though, as they write it off with “infinite universes.” Perhaps things will be more thoroughly explained in a later issue.
That aside, it’s another fun issue. Saladin Ahmed keeps the tone light and the plot flowing. There are a couple of ties where the pacing lags due to text dumps, and that is an issue the series has had almost since the beginning.
The way the comic ties the story back into classic Doctor Doom lore in the back half is quite clever. I also found myself loving the new additions of Captain America, Becky Barnes, and the King.
There is a rather confusing plot twist at the very end, but I’m willing to bet all will be explained next issue.
Exiles #10 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and VC's Joe Caramagna
Exiles #10 art by Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Muntsa Vicente, and VC’s Joe Caramagna

Javier Rodriguez continues to be the perfect artistic choice for this comic. His style feels both classic and modern, and it keeps the visual tone light. The facial structures are often defined to a downright impressive degree, and the environments are always fleshed out. Motion is rendered well, especially on splash pages. Alvaro Lopez inks each page perfectly. Muntsa Vicente’s color palette is excellently balanced with often strange and vibrant colors (helped by Blink and Nocturne especially) to keep the pages lively.
Exiles #10 is another enjoyable installment in one of the year’s best new series. Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez proved to be the dream team for this dimension-hopping group of heroes, and I highly recommend checking it out. Give it a read.
Exiles #10 comes to us from writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Javier Rodriguez, inker Alvaro Lopez, color artist Muntsa Vicente, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, and cover artist David Nakayama.

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