People in a small town are becoming possessed and one man has the unlikely ability to cure them in Outcast Vol. 1.
Kyle Barnes moves back into his old home town. He is asked by his old Reverend named Reverend Anderson to help him perform an exorcism. We find out Barnes had a mother who was possessed in a similar way and Barnes was able to exorcise the demon from his mom. However, Barnes was only a kid when he did and he doesn’t even know how he did it.
Barnes agrees to help and so the pair goes to the home a possessed boy. As the exorcism takes place we learn some things about Barnes. The first is his touch burns the possessed individual, his blood can drive the spirit out and Barnes is an outcast.
Anderson and Barnes go around town performing exorcisms and trying to figure out why so many possessions are happening. As times goes on Anderson finds that these exorcisms are not what he is used to.
They also wonder why Barnes has this ability and why he continues to be called an outcast by the people possessed.
Outcast Vol. 1 is written by Robert Kirkman and art is provided by Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser. Image Comics published the volume in 2015.
I didn’t really know what to expect with this comic. It is a horror comic, but I did know how much horror it would have. This comic wasn’t scary at all to me. However, it was a little creepy at times which is close enough for me.
The comic is more of a paranormal horror mystery in the same vein as Seven.
Its story is a little on the slow end of the spectrum, but just barely. I wanted something to grab me and pull me in. The comic is more of a boney finger out of a doorway beckoning me to come closer. Which is not a bad thing at all.
I am very interested in what is going on in this comic. This whole outcast thing is interesting and I have so many questions as to what it is.
After I finished reading this volume I immediately bought the next volume I was so excited to see what happens next.
My only complaints with the volume are I wish it progressed a little faster. It may just be my personal preference and others may love the pacing, but I just want to find out what is going on so bad.
A pacing issue made for a confusing bit of the story when it can to where Barnes lives. He lives in the home he grew up in, but this isn’t revealed until toward the end of the comic. The problem lays in the fact that this locked room is brought up multiple times and how Barnes is afraid to enter it.
I was always confused to why Barnes would buy a house with a room he was scared to enter.
A lot of names are thrown around with no face to attach to the name. This made it hard for me to know who was who when a name was said.
This is a great horror comic for fans of the genre, but keep in mind it includes a lot of mystery too.