- Jumpy, ain't we? Relax. I rarely fight people in my underwear. ...how they got in my underwear, I'll never know...
- -- Talia Wagner
Appearing in "Down The Rabbit Hole"
- Exiles (First appearance)
- Timebroker (First appearance)
- Charles Xavier (First appearance)
- Prison Guards
- X-Men (Earth-2182)
- Apocalypse-1100 (En Sabah Nur)
- Magneto-27 (Erik Lehnsherr)
- New Mutants-1081
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants-12
- Mister Sinister-295 (Nathaniel Essex)
- Apocalypse-295 (En Sabah Nur)
- Stonehenge (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- The Desert Beyond Space and Time
- Earth-1815 (First appearance)
- Earth-2182 (Nocturne's Home Reality) (Only in flashback)
- Earth-1100 (Thunderbird's Home Reality) (Only in flashback)
- Earth-27 (First appearance) (Magnus' Home Reality) (Only in flashback)
- Earth-1081 (First appearance) (Morph's Home Reality) (Only in flashback)
- Earth-12 (First appearance) (Mimic's Home Reality) (Only in flashback)
- Earth-295 (Only in flashback) (Blink's Home Reality)
Synopsis for "Down The Rabbit Hole"
Blink finds herself transported to a strange desert following the her ordeal in Apocalypse's castle. She meets a group of mutants whom she has never met before, except for Morph, who doesn't seem to recognize her. They find a full kitchen and a strange short man tending it not far from where they all arrived. The man introduces himself as the Timebroker, and says that each mutant in the group has become unstuck in time. He introduces each character:
Talia Wagner (Nocturne): In her reality, Talia Josephine Wagner is the daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch. She is a member of the X-Men, which is under the leadership of Wolverine, who has been in charge since Xavier retired.
John Proudstar (Earth-1100) (T-Bird): In his own reality, he was one of Xavier's picks for his second generation of X-Men. Shortly after, he was captured by Apocalypse and went under a series as enhancements to be one of his Horsemen. However, Proudstar managed to free himself of Apocalypse's control and rejoin the X-Men.
Magnus Lehnsherr (Earth-27) (Magnus): He is the son of Magneto and Rogue in his native reality. His magnetic powers would eventually rival those of his father's. However, another mutation emerged later in life that was not unlike his mother's: whenever he made skin-to-skin contact with another human being they would be turned into lifeless metal. Since then he's had to wear a special suit and subsequently become a very distant and withdrawn person.
Kevin Sydney (Earth-1081) (Morph): Coming from a reality where he was a member of Professor X's New Mutants, the wise-cracking shape-shifter later joined the X-Men and even had a tenure as an Avenger before returning to the X-Men.
Calvin Rankin (Earth-12) (Mimic): He began his career as a villian in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but, after his arrest, was given a second chance by Charles Xavier and joined the X-Men. In time, Mimic grew to be one of his world's greatest champions.
Clarice Ferguson (Earth-295) (Blink): Clarice was born in a reality dubbed "The Age of Apocalypse", where she was taken away from her parents at a young age and put into Sinister's breeding pens to be experimented on. Eventually she was rescued by Sabretooth and eventually grew to fight along side him and the X-Men against the evil Apocalypse. The group killed Apocalypse and before her reality was destroyed, Blink fell through the cracks.
After introducing the group, the Timebroker explains that he has recruited them all because he needs people to correct realities that have gone wrong, that the problems in other realities will effect other realities causing a domino effect that will eventually cause the entire Multiverse to destroy itself. Each mutant he has gathered has had their lives effect in one way or another from these problems:
For Magnus, his powers would manifest at age 13 turning his mother Rogue into steel, which would lead Magneto to go mad and once again start his war on humanity.
For Mimic, he'll be sitting on death row for the murder of Senator Robert Kelly and 47 innocent bystanders during a mission with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Thunderbird will still be under Apocalypse's control.
Blink will never be born.
The Timebroker then tells these mutants that if they correct the realities that they are sent to, eventually their fates will be altered and they will be returned home to the moment they left. They can be injured, killed, or fail on their missions, which would lead to being sent home with their fates left unchanged. To aid them on their mission, the Timebroker gives Blink the Tallus, a device that will explain what their missions are and transport them to the next reality by utilizing Blink's teleportation abilities. After the Timebroker divulges that he is the construct of the group's collective unconciousness, he disappears, leaving the newly formed Exiles to be transported to their first mission.
They find themselves in an alternate Phoenix, Arizona, with the Tallus saying that their mission is to find "The one who will lead [them]". They decide they need clothes and information, and break into a mall nearby to get them. They learn from the internet that this reality has a "Zero Tolerance" act that has been in effect for 50 years, and every super being during that time has either been imprisoned or killed. They all, with the exception of Blink (who never met the man in her reality because he was murdered before she was born, though she agrees with the group), decide that "The one who will lead [them]" must be Charles Xavier. Magnus then creates a Cerebro machine and Nocturne and Mimic use their limited telepathic abilities to search for Xavier. They eventually find out that Xavier is being held at a maximum security holding facility in Nevada.
While Mimic, Morph, Thunderbird, and Nocturne hold back the soldiers that were defending the prison, Blink and Magnus travel deep inside and free Xavier. After they succeed, Blink teleports everyone back out into the Arizona Desert where Magnus disolves Charles' mental implants that were inhibiting his mental powers. As the Exiles explain who they are and what they are doing, Xavier's powers reassert themselves and he knocks the team out with a force blot, revealing that he is not the one they hoped he would be. He states that he plans on exterminating the human race so that mutants can rule the world.
- Blink's arrival at the Desert Beyond Time and Space was originally chronicled at the end of Blink #4 (June, 2001).
- Nocturne's first appearance was in X-Men Millennial Visions One-Shot in the story entitled "Professor W's X-Men".
- This story is reprinted in Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 1.
- Blink mistakes Morph for his counterpart in her home reality. The Morph in the Age of Apocalypse was a member of the X-Men.
- Mimic's super-power allows him to copy five different abilities from other super-beings. At the time of him joining the Exiles he had Angel's wings, Cyclops' optic blast, Wolverine's claws/senses/healing factor, Colossus' armor, and Beast's agility and large limbs. Additionally, Mimic has some residual telepathy that he mimicked from Marvel Girl.
- During Blink's flashback, we see the Age of Apocalypse versions of the following characters: Apocalypse, Iceman, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Quicksilver, Rogue, Sabretooth, Sinister, and Wild Child.
- During Magnus' flashback we see the following characters from his home reality: Magneto and Rogue. Magneto's costume is purple in this reality.
- In Morph's home reality, he's shown in super-hero teams from his own reality, of them there are The New Mutants (Cannonball, Mirage, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, and Morph), The X-Men (Cyclops, Jubilee, Polaris, Psylocke, Wolverine, and Morph), The Avengers (Captain America, Warbird, Thor, Hawkeye, Beast, and Morph), and another incarnation of the X-Men (Iceman, Gambit, Professor X, and Unidentified female). Some characters have different costumes to their prime Marvel Universe counterparts.
- Mimic's reality depicts him fighting the X-Men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, Angel) with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Scarlet Witch, Toad, Blob, and Mimic). The X-Men, Blob, and Toad are wearing their original costumes. The Scarlet Witch is wearing a costume she wore later with the Avengers in the prime Marvel Universe. Marvel Girl is depicted as a blonde instead of a redhead. Mimic's goggles are clear instead of red ruby quartz. A later panel shows him with Bishop and Wolverine of his own reality. Bishop and Wolverine both look different to their counterparts in the prime Marvel universe.
- Nocturne's flashback shows the X-Men of her reality which consist of Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Thunderbird, and others. Nightcrawler is bald and wears an eyepatch. Shadowcat appears to be wearing a variation of her blue costume she wore in the prime Marvel Universe when she was a member of Excalibur.
- In Thunderbird's reality, Apocalypse wears a costume similar to that of his counterpart in the Age of Apocalypse.
- Morph's counterpart in universe Earth-616 went by the name of Changeling and is deceased. He was killed while impersonating Professor X.
- Thunderbird's counterpart in universe Earth-616 was killed on his second mission with the X-Men. Trying to stop Count Nefaria from escaping in a military jet, Thunderbird caused the plane to crash and he was killed in the explosion.
- Mimic's counterpart in universe Earth-616 has brown hair instead of blond. He was a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, The X-Men, and Excalibur.
- Nocturne is a member of a band called the Butt Monkeys.
- Before Morph was plucked from his own reality, he and the X-Men were fighting a villian named Stonehenge.
- When Magnus creates credit cards out of thin air they are all parodies of real credit cards. These cards are Canadian Express (Parody of American Express), MasterCr--- (Parody of Mastercard), and Zisa (parody of Visa)
- In the reality the Exiles visit in this issue Professor Xavier is evil. In universe Earth-616, Charles Xavier is founder of the X-Men and is constantly questing for peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants.
- In this issue, Morph morphs into: Jerry Lewis, Boxer Morph, very muscular Morph, a martial artist, wearing Magneto's helmet, wearing giant glasses, changing his hand into a sippy cup, female version of himself, exposed brain, dropped jaw in a cartoonish fashion, a classic Star Trek "red shirt", tourist with beer hat, garbage picker, nerdy guy with name tag, a giant football player, as Tarzan, frozen in a chunk of ice.
Blink's Back Story:
- Tales From The Age of Apocalypse
- Astonishing X-Men #1-4
- X-Men: Omega
- Blink 1-4 Limited Series
- X-Men Millennial Vision One-Shot
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