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Outcast #11 Review

Ryan ClarkComment
Outcast #11 cover by Paul Azaceta

Outcast #11 cover by Paul Azaceta


I have been enjoying this series, and I think that the upcoming television series that we saw a teaser for come out of SDCC will be something else I enjoy. I like how Robert Kirkman writes, and I think that Paul Azaceta’s artwork is absolutely the perfect fit for this series. It is a dark book, with creepiness all over and brooding and (sometimes) bloody characters in every scene.

I would have liked to see the last few issues pick up the pace a bit- but after the big throwdown in the abandoned building with the girl that the Reverend didn’t actually “save” I thought things would have continued to build the action. Instead we get a build up of foreshadowing of big things to come- but not a lot of details. I wonder if the lack of details in the writing has to do with the fact that this series is being adapted into a TV show, and with a series like The Walking Dead having almost 100 issues under it’s belt when it premiered on AMC, it didn’t allow for a lot of “secrets” for that first season. So maybe my drip-feeding us details, and keeping the antagonists shrouded in mystery, it allows the TV show to still feel new and fresh.

I really liked the way the issue opened, with the Reverend having a terse and VERY tense conversation with the main bad guy- mister Devil-in-the-flesh, or whatever he actually is. I thought that the frustrated, balled fists of the Reverend showed him creeping closer to the edge of reason (and possibly sanity- being that so many lives and souls are in danger because of him) but that he still couldn’t bring himself to attack Mr. Devil-dude.

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The scene with Kyle in this issue had a lot of emotional weight to it that, I felt, had been lacking in him for a while now. I was glad to see Kyle still be human, and show that he is a compassionate father and husband- even if it is as an ex-husband. The moment when his daughter brings up what her mother did- going back to before the first issue, when Kyle supposedly “attacked” his wife and daughter, sheds some light on it, and his friend wont let it go. I liked seeing the pieces start to fall together for someone else to finally learn more of the truth- Kyle isn’t an unstable, violent person- but was just trying to do what the Reverend couldn’t: to remove the evil spirits from these “possessed” people for good.

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I was hoping for a bit more action, but I know that it isn’t common for there to be an overabundance of that in a Kirkman book. Though, I am very hopeful for the next issue and the rest of this arc, because of the last page reveal of this issue. It was a very unexpected twist, but one that really makes sense- and maybe if this works out the way I think it will, then more people will start to rally around Kyle and let him try and get his life back in order.

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This series has been really solid, even with some serious dips in action in the first eleven issues. I hope that things can pick up more going forward, and STAY at a higher pace, but I am fairly certain that this will not be the case, whatsoever. I do want this book to continue to be unpredictable- I like that I never really seem to have a clear idea of where the story is going, and that I am always on the back foot, waiting to react to scenes like the last scene of this issue.

This is not a book for kids, but for anyone who is a fan of comic books- this is a very unique and intriguing book that I could recommend to almost anyone with any interest in comics.