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Exiles - Volume 16: Starting Over (Exiles (Marvel Entertainment Group)) Paperback – February 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Exiles (Marvel Entertainment Group) (Book 16)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1st edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123910
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chris Claremont is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men, during which time it was the bestselling comic in the Western Hemisphere; he has sold more than 100 million comic books to date. Recent projects include the dark fantasy novel Dragon Moon and Sovereign SevenTM, a comic book series published by DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Exiles was one of my favorite titles of recent years - and probably one of the best X-titles ever. As the meta-X-Men, the Exiles bounded from alternate universe to alternate universe, solving different problems in each one. A great concept, and one that (in skilled hands) created stories that were often ethically-challenging, complicated, humorous and touching. The series was glued together by great characterization and an engrossing meta-narrative.

The Claremont infusion seemed a perfect match - in theory - as he's the godfather of the X-Men and immensely fond of alternate universe hijinks.

Unfortunately, Claremont's also the godfather of ridiculous marketing-driven-cross-overs, paper-thin characterization, and deus es machina 'cosmic' gimmickry.

Claremont restored key series characters to life (OFF-SCREEN), retired others (OFF-SCREEN), plot-holed and reset the meta-narrative with two uber-cosmic, 4th-wall-breaking god figures (OFF-SCREEN and... Hey! You're not Grant Morrison!). He casually brushed aside every single piece of plot, character development and backstory that made the series great. And he did most of it in limited-edition spin-off series and other X-titles - the Exiles weren't even granted the dignity of being drowned in their own wading pool, they were dragged to someone else's.

Not only is this collection an abomination, but it actually devalues everything that preceded it. It should be held up as a textbook case study for everything wrong in comics. I rate this a negative-one-zillion stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Husser on March 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I can't begin to tell you how nice it was to read a review that echoed my own sentiments on this literary deathblow to my favorite mainstream comic as an adult. As a childhood fan of Claremont's work in the 80's I thought that the Exiles could only get better under his hand. Upon reading this collection, I was certain that said hand had been palsied, perhaps by a massive stroke... it was simply unreadable! Only the volume intended to explain this mess (Die by the Sword) was harder to read than this symphony of dementia. Both were abominations. Claremont should retire now, lest he ruin the legacy he created in earlier times. Negative stars, as this book ruins the the wonderful ones that came before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Faust on June 15, 2010
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I really enjoyed Exiles. I wouldn't have read all 15 trade paperbacks leading up to this one if I didn't. But this final book has killed the series for me. Clairmonts's clunky, ponderous writing might have been okay for comics 30 years ago, but these days it's just embarrassingly bad.

My advice? If you like the series, stop with book 15.
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By randall on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chris Claremont did a good job writing the individual issues that make up this Exiles collection, but the story is not complete in the volume. A very important piece of the story takes place in another volume called "X-men: Die By The Sword". What you get here ends up seeming like multiple issues of introducing new teams of Exiles without any real action. All told it appears to be a way to wrap up all former Exiles place in the multiverse while putting together a new team full of Claremont's favorite characters that he wanted to work with again. Hopefully the future tales of The New Exiles will get back to some great Claremont stories.
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By Chris Canupp on October 6, 2014
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