What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #46. These days it certainly feels like forever and a day that we have to wait for the new issues of Outcast. On one hand you could understand the wait considering we are on the last stretch of this book, though on the other hand just being on the last stretch you would think that this is the best time to allow readers less time to wait when things have gotten so intense. I mean, The Great Merge has kicked off. Right now they have us on the edge of our seats wondering how much worse things will have to get before they get any better.
The best thing about this issue is that the pacing continued to pick up. The real war hasn’t kicked off, but you could feel that they’re revving up to something big. We got a look into the minds of everyone involved on both sides. The ones who are confident in what comes next, those who are scared, the ones who are hesitant. Between Angelica’s next move, and their response to her, it was a thrill to finally understand what it meant for a cluster of Outcasts to realize their true strength.
Now this issue took me by surprise, because for a good while I was wondering what the significance of that truck was. Who would have guessed what that truck had stored inside which really once again changed your perception of the direction this war was taking. So far I have loved how the idea of this war in general has evolved over time. It started with simply exercising the darkness from their hosts, and then you learn that Outcasts could do even more than just that, especially when there is more than one of them within range of one another. Then you learn that for as strong as they become, so does the darkness. And then came this months issue which further cemented the reality of what it means when the darkness apparently understands this better than everyone else. Keyword apparently, because this is the kind of story which keeps you invested when there really isn’t anything which is as it seems.
It was also something to see how this war was unfolding to the outside world. For something this significant to take place, you can’t simply act like its anything normal. Not to mention when you’ve decided to include the force of the police behind you. So again it mattered that we were able to see what everyone else is seeing in realtime as these events progress. I mean, I don’t think anyone was truly prepared to see just how far ahead Angelica planned ahead for the move she and the rest are making right now. It starts with the news media, and it ends with the response from those who bare witness to these events and reveal to be a part of this madness. In other books, they wouldn’t go this route, and that tends to be problematic because that is a part of the story neglected. In other words, a plot hole.
Like issues before, this was an amazing issue for the engagement that we got from these characters. One thing which I will always appreciate from start to finish is the way this art team focuses in on character expressions. These boxes are small, yet so impactful for showing you looks which say much more than words ever could. Fear, anger, pain, and so much more is conveyed so simply yet effectively. The colors created the same feeling of exhilaration that other major issues stirred up when the upper limits of the Outcast’s powers were being tested. That rainbow array of colors is a beautiful sight, and you have to give credit where it is due that they have consistently accomplished this through using these bright colors overtop bleak backdrops. It makes such a big difference with a book like this and changes the whole atmosphere of the story rather drastically.
To think we are just two issues away from the finale to this series, and already we are seeing some amazing feats of strength from the Outcasts again. Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta #46 was worth the wait, and I say this because the wait for these final issues is the most frustrating thing that this creative team has done since the last arc kicked off.