The solicit for Outcast #11 states in cryptic fashion: “A line is crossed.”
How mysterious. I’m ready to see what will happen next, especially with the way things have been going in the past few issues. Is it good?
Outcast #11 (Image Comics)
This outing picks up exactly where the last issue left off, with the Reverend being confronted by the mysterious man in black and Kyle outside of his ex-wife’s home. Story-wise, we don’t make much advancement in the plot outside of a vague threat being thrown around by the mysterious man. For the most part, the comic is rather quiet and reflective, actually showing a slight shimmer of brightness in the dark as the two leads almost seem content with themselves. Sure, they got a lot of crap in their lives, but the issue ends with them being relaxed for once. All of that being said, the issue does end on a rather major twist that took me by complete surprise and will for a lot of fans as well. It has me rather worried and frightened personally, especially since it is happening to a character that I’ve come to really like a lot. If you’ve been enjoying yourself so far, you are certainly going to not want to miss out on the next issue at all.
Writing-wise, Robert Kirkham is still doing a terrific job. While certainly decompressed in some parts and slow going, the real strength and heart of the issue is the characterization. Outcast #11 makes some advancements with the characters, like Kyle reaching a point where he feels happy to some extent and knowing for sure what he has to do to make things right in his life; though,given (the ending, who knows how long that will last). There’s satisfaction in seeing these characters grow, even in their own small ways. Adding in some strong dialogue and a few emotional beats that are effective, this is easily one of the better issues of Outcast when it came to its characters and drama.
Paul Azaceta continues doing a marvelous job on art duty. His layouts are easy to follow and I’ve come to appreciate the small little boxes that appear on the pages, drawing attention to small details in the scene. The characters are drawn fairly well too, still displaying a good range of expression and emotion (though Amber looked slightly off at times with her size and odd feet). Elizabeth Breitweiser’s colors continue moody and atmospheric, especially in the final scene of the book where they really give the scene an eerie feeling. The artwork is just fantastic here like always.
Is It Good?
Outcast #11 is the calm before the storm and ends right at the moment when things start to thunder. While slow and uneventful for most of the issues, the comic makes up for it with strong characterization, writing, and artwork. The second arc will be closing out in the issue and with the way things are going, especially with that cliffhanger, it’s looking to be one hell of a finale.
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