Written by Radd Roberson
on Thursday, June 26 2014 and posted in Reviews
Kirkman and Azaceta's brand new horror series!
Robert Kirkman has done it again, folks. Outcast #1 is a terrifyingly strong first issue and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I had a genuine sense of unease throughout most of the issue, and that’s a very, very good thing.
Upon first opening the issue, the dark and moody atmosphere immediately creeps all over you. This is mostly due to the coloring of the book and the great artwork by Paul Azaceta, but once it gets deeper into the issue, Kirkman really slams the pedal down on some sinister moments, fully cementing how well the creators have come together and collaborated.
The artwork in this issue is fantastic, with the layout of the panels and framing of the story really driving the feeling of dread straight into the reader. Even though the opening scene is a very normal happenstance with a family, you can tell something horrible is about to happen with the little cues in the artwork and the great color work done by Elizabeth Breitweiser. Where the artwork really shines is during the exorcism. The little boy’s face when he smiles as the main character, Kyle, walks into the room is nightmare inducing.
Kirkman has written some very interesting characters into some very dark situations, and this book will be no different. There will be no happiness found within these pages, only dread. The characters are very strong and relatable, dealing with not only literal demons, but their own figurative ones as well.
Everything about this first issue is exceedingly well done, with my only complaint being that it was sometimes slightly hard to discern the changes in time period or setting. Other than that one qualm this issue is amazing and I would highly recommend it. Kirkman is at it again, and I don’t think he’s going to disappoint with this title any time soon. If you’re looking for a great horror comic, look no further.
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About the Author - Radd Roberson
Radd Roberson lives and works in Gainesville, FL. Yes, that's his real name. Stop asking. He's had a beard for as long as he can remember, because if not, he takes on the appearance of a small man child. He lives with two dogs, a dachshund and corgi (weakness for stubby little legs). He enjoys video games, football (especially the fantasy kind), and hockey, but most of all, comic books. Sweet, sweet comic books.
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