What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #45. Once more it felt like ages since the last issue. Yet even then that couldn’t take away from our anxiousness towards the fact that this is all building up to something big. We’ve seen some incredible so far from the Outcasts. So with this being the final arc, we should be able to look forward to something amazing happening as we reach the climax.
With this being the final story arc, once more this creative team continues to deliver. They wasted little time again adding more to our understanding of this situation. For even just a single scene, the right conversation was enough for us to get a better idea of how this plot was weaved. There had to be a reason why victory from the darkness was not won ages ago, or why they would even allow things to get to this point where the Outcasts were able to group together and amass this much power. There had to be a meaning to the way events were unfolding and they did not disappoint there.
That said, this brings us to Rowland. That was a heartbreaking set of scenes we got with him. Not only because this was the first time we experienced any sort of regret from an entity of darkness, but for the fact that one of them so high up the food chain was able to see exactly what went on behind closed doors. You probably would have had the same reaction as he did knowing what he risked by bringing his kids there for help.
Now when I saw the cover to this issue, I did feel some reservations before jumping into it. If you’ve kept up with my reviews for Outcast, then you know that Anderson would be one of my least favorite characters in the series. You get what he represents in a story like this, but it doesn’t change how problematic he can be. Maybe that’s how they meant for him to come off, and I do hope that is the case. Either way, we had to find out why he would be the object of attention. For once, I did not hate what came from focusing on him. It made a big difference that during a time like this he would be tested to see if he could really control himself in the face of darkness. What happened to Sydney was tragic, and hard to come back from.
The interior artwork was solid. It was all very consistent considering this was another chapter where there was more story progression and character moments than anything else. That’s not to say there wasn’t any action, but it was nothing you didn’t already see before compared to the effort which went more into letting the looks on the faces of some of these characters tell a story. The only problem I had with the interior work was the second to last page. For a character so central right now, if we’re looking at a crowd of random people? They should not look like someone familiar. That can throw someone off. Aside from this, I would say that the colors did stand out for some key scenes. For example, said page I mentioned above. I did manage to enjoy the colors used to create a night atmosphere. There was an excellent blend of cold colors and warm colors. Especially when it came to the lighting this created.
Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #45 was overall another good issue for the story progression, and depth that we got out of this plot. By the end of this issue the stakes were raised once more, while at the same time giving everyone just a bit more to worry about when the final confrontation comes.