Previously in Outcast: Well, since this is my first Outcast review, I guess you could say a lot happened previously. In fact, one could go so far as to say everything happened previously. I may seem like a newbie when it comes to Robert Kirkman’s most recent comic-turned-TV show, but I am anything but. Before the first issues was released or the first episode aired, I was super interested in the concept and the content of Outcast as Kirkman set out to do for the genre of exorcisms as he already did for zombies.
When issue one debuted, I was underwhelmed. The story felt rushed and fragmented. The art and coloring did not appeal to my rods and cones. And I didn’t feel hooked. My opinion changed when the show premiered on Cinemax, though.
Here, we enter a world that feels real and scary – frightening and familiar. I watched each episode as it became available, but still, I could not bring myself to read the comic, although I still paid for each issue on my pull list. Interestingly, as my affinity for one Kirkman project (The Walking Dead TV show) dwindled, my attention turned to Outcast. Bring home issue #25 seemed like the right opportunity to binge read and review.
For any readers that, like me, found that Outcast has a barrier of entry, I would definitely recommend watching the show and then reading the comics. It is true that they do not align perfectly, but the show is a more accessible gateway to the books. So … as I was saying …
Previously in Outcast: Kyle and the Rev foiled Sidney’s goal of creating a safe haven for people awaiting the merger to turn. With the building set ablaze, Kyle knocks out Sidney and delivers him wrapped up in a bow to Rev. Anderson to keep a watchful eye on. Instead, the good father decides to carve him open with a knife. With the Reverend completing his deed, Sidney is dead with a heaping helping of large intestine spilled out onto the floor. It is an interesting moment here where Anderson seems shocked that Sidney could be killed so easily. Anderson had one considered Sidney “the devil himself,” but now he sits motionless with his insides outside.
In issue #25, we open on Kyle bringing his family back to the isolation of the safe house. Once there, they stumble upon Rev. burying his victim in a shallow grave with his pentagram scar fully ablaze in the winter sun. It’s not a good look for a man of the cloth. Everyone freaks and Kyle bolts as the Rev. proclaims his victory over evil.
On their escape from the safe house, Kyle and the fam run out of gas setting up another gas station moment as they find themselves surrounded by demons. Just as things look lost, a bearded man arises, and in a Bruce Lee meets Dyson vacuum way, begins sucking the demons right out of the infected through a serious of martial arts moves. Who is this stranger? None other than Kyle’s dad of course. The issue closes with Mr. Barnes falling weak from his demon-sucking.
The scene where Mr. Barnes comes to save the day is quite fascinating and changes several aspects of the comic series to this point. Here’s how:
- It is now a superhero comic. Through the first 24 issues, Outcast was not a superhero comic. It was about a man that surely had a unique ability, but there was nothing superhero about him. The appearance of Kyle’s dad changed that and created a notable shift because his skills were so strong and refined. Perhaps in the coming issues, Kyle will develop his powers into something a little more … super.
- It is multi-generational story. The comic now offers a 3-generation view of exorcists. We now know that Kyle’s dad, Kyle, and Kyle’s daughter all have the something special about them, and though it has never been stated explicitly, it makes sense that they are all Outcasts. Showing this multigenerational view, reminds me of Star Wars in the positive way as the series shows us how the force is passed down through the generations. This also keeps the door open for Rev. Anderson’s son, Mathew, to get a proper introduction later, which will add to the fathers and sons (and daughters) storytelling.
- It could shift the protagonist. From the first panels, it was abundantly clear that Kyle Barnes was the protagonist of the story. Issue #25 may prove to be a major turning point, though, as the senior Barnes could have the knowledge, power, and abilities required to take over and dominate the pages.
The game-changing issue is a great opportunity to start or restart your Outcast reading since the issue marks a significant milestone. With the 25 cent cover price, Outcast issue #25 is a no-brainer. As a bonus, you get a free preview of Extremity #1. Check out a review from my main man here.
Consume.Review.Repeat. gives Outcast #25 9.1 exorcised demons out of 10.