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Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #1 - A Darkness Surrounds Him

5

Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta, and Elizabeth Breitweiser set out to bring a new horror series your way. Spoiler: it's really really good.

The Good

Are you ready for a new horror comic series? Robert Kirkman prepares to take us down a different path--a path full of demons and exorcisms. It's a sub-genre I can't say I've really seen too much of in comics and it's going to be interesting to see what comes out of this comic.

Right away, you get an immediate dark sinking feeling when you open the page. I actually caught myself having a slight look of disgust on my face on more than one occasion. It's not because of any gross or over the top visuals. It's more because of the mood.

Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser do an amazing job in setting up this new comic book world. That's where the sinking feeling comes in. Through a seemingly normal opening, you can feel something bad coming. Once we do see any disturbing imagery, It hits the mark just right. This is a world full of normal people that happen to have demon possession in the mix. That might sound a little confusing but the people we see look normal. They're not your typical superhero comic people. Azaceta's style and Breitweiser's colors let you know this isn't going to be a happy feel-good story. And that's why we're here.

Kirkman is no stranger to setting up new takes in familiar genres. This is a set up issue but by the time it's over, you will know exactly what you need to about the main character and this series. There's something about reading a new comic series from the very beginning and getting that sense of excitement in not knowing what's coming up and eagerly awaiting the next issue.

The Bad

The first couple pages offered a tiny bit of confusion. This is only because we're not completely aware of who the players are and a shift between scenes mixed with a flashback make you wonder what the connection is. It's all made clear within a few pages.

The Verdict

If you have it in you to take on a dark and disturbing comic, this is indeed the one for you. There won't be any frolicking or cheerful times here but what you get is an intriguing story. Robert Kirkman does a great job setting up this new world and characters. Paul Azaceta's art is perfect for the story and Elizabeth Breitweiser's colors completes setting up the vibe and atmosphere of the story. You'll feel a slight knot in the pit of your stomach even though there isn't anything overly gratuitous about this book. That just shows that they know what they're doing. Read this issue and you'll get hooked. That really shouldn't come as a surprise.