This was going to start out as a simple post, featuring the picture of Kid Loki dressed up as an X-Man, but honestly the more I look at it, the more I see that as an event, Exiled has everything going for it that AvX does not.
However, lets get that image out of the way, so we can get onto talking about the event itself.
How cute? HOW CUTE?
Right, that's out of the way.
Now, if you've been turned off the event because it features unfamiliar characters more normally associated with the Avengers, let me stop you right there and let you in on a secret; Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery is probably the best single book being produced by Marvel at the moment. The central characters are both essentially "new" to comics, despite one being a reincarnated Loki and the other being Hela's "handmaiden", and Gillen has been given free reign to run around and be creative. As a book, it is a delight. I'd heartily recommend you run out and buy the back-issues from #622 onwards, to see what you're missing. Also, it'll help you get more of a grip on what's happening with Exiled as it will introduce you to half of the cast, especially the Disir.
Seriously, if you're only going to pick up one non-X-book, make it JiM.
Speaking of the cast; hey, at least all the people acting weirdly out of character in this book are actually under a magical spell. Although there's no magic involved in Dani's love for muffins and Nate's hatred of them; he didn't have no muffins in the AoA, bitch!
The cast in DnA's New Mutants is easy enough for non-readers to grasp the dynamic quickly, which is another plus in the column for Exiled. I've only read DnA's New Mutants run sporadically; an issue or two here and there from a friend's book pile, but just two issues of this event are enough to make me want to go and read more, which is exactly the sort of reaction you'd think Marvel would love readers to have, right? I know that people have said the run is a little hit and miss, but DnA have also written some of the best event books of recent memory; namely the Cosmic events of the past five years.
So we have Gillen & DnA who have proved that they have imagination in bounds with respective series, writing this event. Yep, a closely united vision is always going to win when up against an event crafted by a large writers committee.
Jumping back a bit; look at that art. Di Giandomenico and Troy are knocking it out of the park. I don't know about you, but I'll take beautiful art over a "big name" artist any day of the week, and having a single art team really helps an event flow. AvX is disjointed enough, and most people who are still bothering with it seem to wish that JRJr's stint could have been shorter and the art in the tie-in books is universally better than that featured in the main book. Which is an awful place to be in; your event flagship is being kept afloat by the tie-ins? Ugh.
So Exiled has a large cast, but it's focused and easy to grasp. It has a killer writing team, with a story that's easy to pick up, even if you've not been reading both series. It has really nice unified artwork. It's limited in scope, not bloated and sprawling, and finally it's going to be over in a month, with an episode each week. No waiting for months for it to be done; a great story, well told, that doesn't outlive it's welcome.
It's the event that everyone should be talking about, and further down the line I think it'll be the one that people hold in dear memory, but it's been sadly shuffled under the AvX rug. Are Marvel embarrassed that Exiled shows AvX up for the empty non-event that it really is, and so they're hiding it away? Has anyone seen any advertising for it outside of the two books involved?
A real shame.
Now that's all out of the way, feel free to have a lengthy yet pointless argument about how the bewitched Asgardians are working in the US without a permit and should at the very least be prosecuted for income tax evasion, because there's no way that the spell registered them with the IRS.