Outcast #2 Review

How will Kyle react to an old face turning up? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

“IT WATCHES FROM THE DARKNESS” In the second issue of KIRKMAN & AZACETA’s horror epic, Kyle Barnes is still reeling from the revelations about demonic possession last issue and what they may mean about the time his mother was possessed.

Outcast02_CoverOutcast #1 was easily one of the best opening issue I’ve read in the last decade of reading comics, if not the best. Naturally this makes it hard to follow-on from such greatness, and despite not being to the same level as the first issue the second still manages to amaze. Giving further insight into Kyle’s past, as well as teasing at future event the issue acts as a great transitional issue between the epic opening and what’s to come.

Robert Kirkman has really created something unique and special in Outcast, as despite this issue not being as intense as the first, the concept is one that I can’t get enough of. Kirkman gives us a more indepth look into Kyle’s past, as though we learned a lot from the opening issue, this one stretches the emotional vibes. In addition to this he also allows for some intense action, with a surprise visitor bringing Kyle and Mark together for the first time in what I can imagine has been a long time.

Paul Azaceta has been the perfect fit for this series, with his dark and gritty tone giving an intense look to this tale. Azaceta also manages to intensify his art by delivering a simplistic style of layouts, refraining from choosing the lavish approach that many artists go for nowadays. Despite this we still get a lot of drama and excitement, with the character expressions and reactions speaking for themselves. Rounding things off we get the ever stunning colours of Elizabeth Breitweiser with her soft yet bold palette giving the perfect finish to Azaceta’s art.

Outcast continues to be a must read series, as though this issue lowers the intensity, it raises the mystery. Highly recommended.

  • + Donnie gets a cold reception from Kyle and Mark.
  • + Robert Kirkman delves deeper into Kyle's past.
  • + Paul Azaceta’s art is perfectly suited to this tale.
  • - Not as intense as the opening issue.

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