This will be the last issue of Outcast until it returns in March. Perhaps we’ll finally get some answers to all of the mysteries taking place in the story.
Is it good?
Outcast #6 (Image Comics)
The story is still very slow progression-wise and still clouded by mysteries; although they are intriguing mysteries the comic need a bit more clarity. I’m all for a slowly unraveling narrative but we need a bigger idea of what the threat out heroes are facing is — you can’t constantly leave the audience in the dark forever.
Despite the slow going nature of the book, Kyle Barnes still remains a very likeable and sympathetic character who has shown a good amount of growth and development. Where he was at the beginning of Outcast and where he is now, even after only six issues, feels a lot different and I’m quite intrigued about how he’ll keep changing as time goes on (especially with the cliffhanger at the end). Reverend Anderson doesn’t have too much in the way of growth in comparison, but he has his fair share of strong character moments and struggles. Anderson feels very believable and equally sympathetic to Kyle, especially after the ending. There are really no side characters in this issue and I still don’t know much about the villains, so that’s probably the only real weak point with the characters here.
The writing by Robert Kirkman is fairly good as usual. The dialogue and character interactions are very strong. The pacing is slow and almost decompressed in areas, but it does help build up a somber and more sinister tone to the story. Even during moments when nothing is really happening or there is no apparent threat, you can’t help but feel nervous about what will or could happen. Horror-wise, it’s still a bit weak and doesn’t provide anything too frightening in it. It certainly has a rather creepy and effective moment at one point during the ending, but not much besides that. Still, the comic is still going well on this front.
The artwork by Paul Azaceta always remains fairly strong and engaging as well. The layouts are well-constructed and easy to read, the characters are fairly distinct and easy to tell apart and combined with the solid coloring, there is a very eerie vibe/mood throughout.
Is It Good?
Outcast #6 is a good and intriguing issue, just like the rest of the issues that came before it. The writing, art, and characters really bring this series to life and make it such an enjoyable experience. Its only true fault is the very slow pacing and slow progression with the story. Hopefully when the comic returns back in March, it’ll pick things up a bit and really turn up the horror a notch or two.