Kickass... finally, a chance to shine for Longshot! It's still not the same as actual character development (and as I write this, I'm realizing how disappointed S-Man 2099 fans have to be; their guy hasn't even gotten this much to do), but it's great to see him cutting loose. Plus, I really love how Sabretooth seems to have developed such a bizarre respect for Longshot, again commenting that "I reckon they found Longshot. Heh. Probably wish they hadn't. The kid don't look like much, but he sure packs a wallop."
Anyway, the issue itself. Basically, Heather Hudson notices a team of superhumans on Earth-33629 who exactly duplicate the original roster of the Exiles, shutting down the Wrecking Crew. Investigating, the current team port to the undersea prison the OG Exiles have been storing villains in (apparently they've been operating on 33629 in secret for a while... cool easter egg, they've got The Fallen from Mutant X locked up), but get ambushed by the OG team, who have the Timebroker with them. Except... the Timebroker's not real, is he? Whoever he is, the fake Timebroker shuts down the viewing screens in the Panoptichron, then tells the current team they must fight his OG Exiles: win and go free, lose and serve him. Oh yeah, and apparently Blink and Morph are a couple, not Blink and Mimic. Plus Mimic's wings seem to keep appearing and disappearing in the art for no discernible reason.
So anyway, the teams fight, Nocturne possesses current Blink, and the OG team mostly wins... the Blinks teleport the current team into inhibitor cells, but when they try 'porting Longshot, his luck power interferes and sends him elsewhere in the prison. Nocturne abandons the unconscious current Blink's body in a cell and the Timebroker orders the OG team to find Longshot, but they're getting suspicious of why they had to fight the current Exiles and what the "bet" is that the Timebroker keeps mentioning. So OG Blink follows the Timebroker, to see him meeting with the Grandmaster... and revealing himself as another Grandmaster! Whoa.
Nocturne and Thunderbird are searching for Longshot, and a nice continuity nod with Nocturne mentioning how cute he is and that she was staring at his-- BAM!... boot to the face. While taking out Nocturne, Longshot hurls a throwing spike that explodes some equipment, catapulting Thunderbird out the airlock into the ocean, and an errant chunk of debris seals the door after him. Beat that, Gambit. Meanwhile, OG Blink tells the current Exiles in their cells what she's seen, and they speculate the Grandmaster set the whole thing up as a game -- OG Exiles vs. current Exiles. OG Morph corners Longshot but accidentally electrifies himself when Longshot dodges... and I'll say it again, it's great to see Longshot holding his own against all of them, outfighting Nocturne, and getting some respect. But anyway, further fighting is postponed, and both teams join together and confront the Grandmaster.
Basically, on their very first mission, the original Exiles accidentally screwed with a bet the Grandmaster had made, so he wanted revenge. He searched alternate universes until he found one where all six people resembled their original Exiles counterparts, then made them the "new Exiles" to pit them against each other... but he had to make a bet with Earth-33629's Grandmaster not to interfere. In rage, the Grandmaster kills them all, but 33629 Grandmaster declares that this nullifies the bet, so he resurrects them all, then allows them to beat on his hapless counterpart as much as they want. The issue ends with the current Exiles back in the Panoptichron, secure that the Grandmaster has been locked away and Earth-33629 is being kept safe by the OG Exiles.
Whew... complicated, and I'll admit that the plot didn't really enthrall me as much as it could have; never been a huge fan of the Grandmaster, much less two of him. But the issue was worth it just to see Longshot kicking ass and taking names, so I'm still fully satisfied.