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Following Exiles, New Exiles, and Exiles vol 2, this series ran from 2018 to 2019. The title is written by Saladin Ahmed & drawn by Javier Rodriguez, with guest artists such as Rod Reis. The series is the revival and third volume of the Exiles franchise, released during the Marvel Legacy relaunch.

The story once again follows the young mutant, Blink. This time around, she is joined by Kamala Khan (formerly Ms. Marvel), Valkyrie, Iron Lad (Nate Richards), and Wolvie. They take up the Exiles mantle once again as they travel through the Multiverse. They're brought together for the first time to destroy a new threat that's eating away at the Multiverse, threatening to destroy everything & everyone one. The Unseen, formerly Nick Fury, calls on the champion, Blink, to set things right again. However, this is only the beginning for Blink & our new team of Exiles.

The third volume provides examples of the following tropes:

  • And the Adventure Continues: After the conflict with the Watchers is settled, the Exiles take a reprieve, but Blink knows it's only a matter of time before there is some crisis in the multiverse only the Exiles can solve, and they'll be there to solve it.
  • Badass Longcoat: Blink sports one of these
  • Bad Future: In Issue #12, the rogue Watchers trap the teammates in their own individual darkest timelines.
    • T'Challa is sent to a timeline where Wakanda was conquered by Ulysses Klaw, among the victims being the Dora Milaje and T'Challa's sister Shuri.
    • Captain Peggy Carter's bad timeline is one where Baron Zemo defeats her and uses her blood to create an army of Nazi supersoldiers, easily conquering the world.
    • Becky Barnes is trapped in a timeline where she never got in the Army, and is a meek closeted housewife to an abusive husband.
    • Valkyrie's bad future is Ragnarok, where Surtur arrives, overpowers all of Asgard's forces, and kills everyone in the realm.
    • Blink is sent back to the Age of Apocalypse timeline from which she came.
    • Iron Lad is sent to the future where he becomes Kang the Conqueror. And to rescue his teammates, he's forced to remain trapped in that timeline forever.
    • Wolvie's darkest timeline is literally just X-Men: The Animated Series, which he finds too violent and intense for a child like him. At least he likes the theme song, though.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Sabretooth & Morph have this with Blink in chapters five & three respectively.
  • Classical Cyclops: When the Exiles fall into a world based on stories from the Thousand and One Nights, they come across an island where Sinbad's crew is attacked by cyclopses, except the giants all bear the distinctive visor of the mutant Cyclops.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: It's played with regarding Wolvie, who meets the gang and tells them to "Come with me if you want pie." Blink lampshades it by saying that was a new one.
  • Cowboy Episode: In chapters six & seven, the group goes to an Old West universe and do battle with an Western version of Magneto & his Brotherhood.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Time-Eater has the power of many Galactuses and he has already devoured several multiverses in his bid to become God. Blink gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, by finding an army of alternate Blinks and various friends she met and having all these individuals gang up on the Time-Eater. The Exiles actually had a harder time fighting the Juggernautical in a prior issue.
  • Dream Weaver: Khan's daughter's powers turn out to be blending dreams and reality to her desires. This allows her to let her mom send Blink a message from their timeline and deliver the Tallus to her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Every one of the Exiles allies get this. Nocturne gets to retire as the leader of a country, Khan is reunited with her family, and the Exiles are in the clear to relax before their next mission. About the only one who doesn't get one is Iron Lad, who chooses to sacrifice himself to the role of becoming Kang to save his friends, but he's glad to have had friends in the first place.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: The teams first arc villain is the Time Eater, a being that consumes timelines who turns out to be a Kang that's cannibalizing the Galactus' of various universes for power.
  • Important Haircut: Blink now has short curly hair, curly most-likely being its natural state. She mentions getting it cut when she met up with her long-lost family in the Bahamas.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Wolvie with the rest of the Exiles, being they're all adults & he's from the X-Babies universe. But it's especially noticeable with him and King, aka Cowboy T'Challa. The two share many sweet moments, with Wolvie even saving him from drowning. While the group has become a family, Wolvie seems closest to King.
  • Lawful Stupid: The Unspoken is meant to follow the Watcher's creed of noninterference as a part of his punishment, so him helping the Exiles on the path to saving the multiverse gets them both punished with a Kangaroo Court where said reality saving is counted as evidence of their transgression before their summary execution. They do consider themselves part of a more faithful faction of the Watchers however.
  • The Leader: No surprise, but Blink functions as this for the team, just like the previous series.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Ms. Sandra, Blink's aunt, whom she recently found & reconnected with. She still calls her "Ms Sandra" on habit, who insists Blink just call her "auntie."
  • Made of Iron: Iron Lad, kinda self-explanatory.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Khan is coerced to work against the team under the promise of being reunited with her dead husband and children. Wolvie is happy for her, but mentions she should probably never mention how she returned to them, since she wouldn't want them to think she's a bad person. This convinces her to turn on her new team of Exiles.
  • Psycho Rangers: After the Exiles escaped the Watchers ruling they assembled their own team of Exiles to bring them back comprised of various evil counterparts to the group and Kamala Khan.
    • Iron Lord for Iron Lad
    • X-2/3 for Wolvie
    • Shuri Killmonger for T'Challa
    • Captain Axis Steve Rogers for Bucky and Peggy.
    • And an undead skeleton Thor for Valkyrie.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The intent with Wolvie. Everyone in the cast is real, but Wolvie is from the cartoon X-Babies universe. Hard to tell with Rodriguez's art, but made very clear with Reis' depiction.
  • Tough Love: Lil Magneto gets a dose of this from Blink after trying to steal everyone's pie & eat them all.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Valkyrie, being a gay black woman.
  • Valkyries: As her name suggests, Valkyrie fits this.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: After escaping from the Watchers, where the Tallus was shattered in the crossfire, the Exiles end up placed in various roles in a universe based on the many stories of Arabian Nights with TJ as Scheherazade in particular.
  • The Worf Effect: The Time-Eater has killed Galactus on many different alternate realities and stole his powers, which he then uses to consume whole multiverses. A being like that, you'd think would be highly invulnerable, but that's not the case and he gets the crap kicked out of him by an army of Blinks and some friends.