Thursday, May 12, 2016

Story By: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Paul Azaceta
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Paul Azaceta
Cover By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Published: January 28, 2015
SRP: $9.99 ($7.99 Digital)

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1-6.

Review by Stephen M.

Outcast which is Robert Kirkman's darker horror comic as suppose to the lighter zombie fare in his The Walking Dead.  Think Exorcist and you have a good idea of what Outcast is about.  The series especially the first volume plays out like a good 1980s horror movie.  Intentionally slow to start off with, and perhaps a bit confusing with the different flashbacks and amount of characters introduced.  However, ever so satisfying in the build up of suspense and terror as the main character Kyle attempts to find out just who or what he is as an Outcast.

The graphic novel which collects the first six issues is a great read especially with the new Cinemax series coming out.  Interesting trivia is that Robert actually begun to work on a TV adaptation before even the first issue was release back in June of 2014.  The comic book in full color unlike The Walking Dead is an interesting approach.  The art by Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser works well for the series but at times the dark shading (yes even for the night scenes) does not have the intended effect that say a movie with a similar scene may have.

Overall, I would recommend giving this series a try especially if you are into old school horror films like The Exorcist and The Omen.  The pace and overall story is very different from The Walking Dead showing Kirkman's versatility.  I have read through two volumes already and unfortunately there are more questions than answers showing us that Kirkman plans us to ride with him on this horror roller coaster for a while longer.  Pick up the graphic novel at your local comic store or digitally.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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