OUTCAST #1 Review

Is this tale of demons and exorcism one you should add to your pull list or is it over hyped? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

NEW HORROR SERIES FROM THE WALKING DEAD CREATOR ROBERT KIRKMAN! 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. It begins here – with this terrifying DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE featuring forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!

OUTCAST7-6c9dfOutcast #1 is the best opening issue I’ve read in a long time. This is something I find myself saying quite often when it comes to Image #1’s but it doesn’t make it any less true as the publishers creative teams continue to top themselves. In a story that focuses on demons and exorcism we get a weird and dramatic introducing into Kyle Barnes’ world as he is tasked with ridding a boy from his possession.

The Walking Dead and Invincible writer Robert Kirkman is the mastermind behind this new series with the Skybound founder yet again producing a wonderful concept. It is however Kirkman’s storytelling abilities that shine through here with the pacing and tone of the story being perfect. Kirkman also once again creates some very intriguing and likeable characters as though they’ve got some work before being as popular as some of Kirkman’s other creations they’re definitely on the right path. In addition he also produces realistic and intriguing dialogue that adds tension as well as drama.

Kirkman is joined by Paul Azaceta with the former Conan artist bringing a sensational look to this series. The realistic and dynamic flow to his visuals really impressed me with the layouts also adding to the overall intensity. Azaceta also gives impact and tension through the character expressions with the possessed Joshua being very creepy. Despite all this it was Azaceta’s striking inks that stood out the most as though his art was in general phenomenal his inks really helped highlight the quality of his art. Finishing things off Elizabeth Breitweiser produced stunning colours giving a soft yet bold overtone.

Image’s latest series Outcast gets of to a phenomenal start with the creative team of Kirkman and Azaceta hitting it out of the park. The dramatic and creepy tone of this story accompanied with the captivating dialogue make it a must read and one that I can see becoming a real sensation. Highly recommended.

  • + Kirkman and Azaceta have produced the best issue of the year so far.
  • + Sensation artwork with a creepy tone.
  • + Intriguing characters who are introduced perfectly.
  • + 44 pages for $2.99 is a steal!

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