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Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #1 Review

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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.

28 Comments
Posted by Lee_Everett

I'm excited for this. I wonder if it'll last as long as The Walking Dead and Invincible.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

After the most recent issue of Invincible I don't think I can read anymore Kirkman. He hurts me to much

Posted by The Stegman

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

Posted by dotwilson

def gonna have to give this issue a try... kirkman doesnt fail to deliver.

Posted by InFamous_Wolf

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Hope this is good. I trust Kirkman.

@infamous_wolf said:

@the_stegman said:

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Velvet? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

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Posted by danhimself

Hope this is good. I trust Kirkman.

@infamous_wolf said:

@the_stegman said:

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Walking Dead? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

you've got to be joking

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@madeinbangladesh said:

Hope this is good. I trust Kirkman.

@infamous_wolf said:

@the_stegman said:

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Walking Dead? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

you've got to be joking

100% Serious.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@madeinbangladesh said:

@danhimself said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Walking Dead? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

you've got to be joking

100% Serious.

Did I wake up in Bizarro World?

Edited by Nahuel

@the_stegman: I'm on the same edge! I dropped all of Marvel. I'm about to drop 3 or 4 DC series and stopped buying Valiant.

Image (and the dark Archie Comics) are stealing all my money.

Posted by stevencarver_

@smashbrawler said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

@danhimself said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Walking Dead? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

you've got to be joking

100% Serious.

Did I wake up in Bizarro World?

He has got to be trolling. I don't understand this at all.

Edited by humanglowstick

Dude at my LCS pre-ordered 100 copies. Crazy? or Genius?

Posted by InFamous_Wolf

Hope this is good. I trust Kirkman.

@infamous_wolf said:

@the_stegman said:

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Velvet? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

Deadly Class terrible?.....nah.

Posted by tparks

Can't wait for the mailman to arrive with this today!

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@madeinbangladesh said:

Hope this is good. I trust Kirkman.

@infamous_wolf said:

@the_stegman said:

I'm an inch away from dropping all DC/Marvel (save a select few) and picking up exclusively Image. Not a bad comic in the bunch.

I've been thinking the same thing too man.

There are lot ok bad books in Image. Saga? Deadly Class? Velvet? Chew? East of West? They are all terrible.

Deadly Class terrible?.....nah.

Deadly Class is the worst comic I ever read in my life.

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Posted by The Stegman
Posted by longbowhunter

Horror comic with religious overtones and a rural setting? Please and thank you. Seriously this kinda thing is my jam. Great mystery, fantastic first issue, I will be back for more.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I think the panel with the little Joshua kid smiling is burned onto my retina. Creepy stuff. I typically don't get into many horror stories, but I'll pick up the next issue for sure before deciding if I'll continue on with it.

Posted by SavageDragon

This was an amazing 1st issue imo. Best start I've read in a while.

Posted by HortonDrawsAWho

I really hope the artist doesn't shift off of this book after the 1st or 2nd arc (ala Invincible and Walking Dead). I'm in love with Azaceta's work.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh
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Posted by HempKnight757

@madeinbangladesh: Got news for you man you are not telling it like is. You are telling your opinions & crossing the line of being a troll. Not everyone has the same taste man. I personally don't understand how people are still interested in TWD, but I don't go around being a troll about it. Different Strokes.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@madeinbangladesh: Got news for you man you are not telling it like is. You are telling your opinions & crossing the line of being a troll. Not everyone has the same taste man. I personally don't understand how people are still interested in TWD, but I don't go around being a troll about it. Different Strokes.

haha I've been pretty much trolling all this time. I read almost all those series from Image and like them a lot, and Deadly Class is my favorite series right now.

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Edited by _Marc_74

art put me off immediately

no where near as good as east of west or saga

Posted by Surza7

I really enjoyed the first issue,was cool that it was pretty long.The art and coloring I loved alot gave me a bit of a creepy feel especially with some imagery. I also am curious to see how this plays out especially with the main character.I just dig the whole exorcist vibe I got from issue 1.

Posted by rodent

Question.
Why did the cops show up at the end?
The mother clearly shouldn't have called them, and wasn't this taking place at a farm house that should be at least a few acres away from anyone hearing the screaming and yelling?