Concerns over Morph's delicate condition grow as the Exile's equipment seems to be malfunctioning, hindering their intel on missions. Sabretooth returns from their latest mission, announcing the team has been captured and they need reinforcements. Heater brings in some in the form of Psylocke. Unfortunately, neither Exile knows the history this mutant has had with her own version of Sabretooth...
SABRETOOTH (Victor Creed): Enhanced senses and healing.
BLINK (Clarice Ferguson): Teleportation
MORPH (Kevin MacTaggert): Shape-shifting.
DR. HEATHER HUDSON: Scientist.
LONGSHOT: Agility and luck powers.
SPIDER-MAN 2099 (Miguel O'Hara): Spider-like powers and talons.
Psylocke uses the element of surprise to slam Sabretooth around, making him angry and sloppy. However, both Sabretooth and Heather are confused; Sabes because he thought he was getting help, and Heather because Psylocke isn't appearing on any of the monitors or scanners. Sabretooth tries to hold her so they can talk, but she uses her telekinesis to throw him into the main Crystal Palace. Psylocke follows and realizes she's not where she thought she was. She begins to explore, only to be jumped by Sabretooth again, and Morph who was awakened during their fight. Psylocke holds her own again, but Sabretooth and Morph manage to get a word in and end the fight once and for all. Introductions are made and situations explained, all except for how Psylocke doesn't register anywhere. But the more pressing concern is the rescue of the Exiles.
Meanwhile, Blink is trying to fight through hordes of hand ninjas to try and free Spidey from some kind of machine. She almost makes it when she encounters a brainwashed Longshot on their side. His luck powers make short work of Blink in a physical fight, so she tries to time a teleport spike to free Spidey for some help. However, it's blocked by a shield projected from the leader of the hand on this world: Susan Storm! And knowing they're from other dimensions has only increased her appetite from ruling one world to ruling ALL the worlds!
The three free Exiles arrive in that version of New York, which has been devastated by a massive fight. Psylocke wonders what hope they'll have, especially after seeing Captain America leading a contingent of Hand warriors. Elektra appears as an answer to their questions, and whisks them away to the lair of the resistance. They meet Nick Fury and Callisto who aren't too happy to see them, but their leader says it was his idea to bring them in. That leader being Mr. Fantastic! As he speaks, Heather appears to Sabretooth and tells him they have 100 hours to rescue the other Exiles, and in order to preserve the world Reed Richards must die!
This issue steps things up a bit from the last; incorporating more of the humor we've become accustomed to with this book. Particularly in the little memos posted all around the Crystal Palace. We've got an interesting premise so far, and of course top notch artwork to back it up. Although, there didn't seem to be much of a sense of urgency throughout the first half of the issue until we got to where the other Exiles were. Seemed like the pacing could have been picked up some since heroes needed rescuing, after all.
4.5 Webs. A bit more like previous Exiles issues this time around, with an interesting story and good art.
FOOTNOTE In every issue, Morph takes on some familiar and unusual forms. Here, we'll try to chronicle as many as we can in a section we'll call: MORPH'S MORPHS!
Morph's morphs: Fat person, James Bond, Psylocke