Writer: Sean Kelley McKeever
Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist: Jean-Fancois Beaulieu
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Outpost Zero is the story of a colony that is under a dome, after some sort of catastrophic event happened and the outside of the dome is covered in a frozen wasteland. Outside of that, I really can’t tell you much about the book. This issue is jam packed with a lot of dialogue, to the point where I was halfway through the book, and I knew it wasn’t for me. The first half of the book is a lot characters talking, setting up the story and kind of giving you an idea of what is going on. Despite all this effort, I still feel like we were dropped in the middle of a story that has been going on for a while. The premise and concept reminded me a lot of The Giver, in which people are chosen for a specific task, they live in a paradise of a world, surrounded by an unforgiving atmosphere outside of their dome. There are hints that some event happened, which is called The Cell and when The Cell happened previously, it destroyed a significant part of their colony.
The characters aren’t exactly memorable, to the point where I was under the impression that Alea and Steven are brother and sister (in some panels they are even drawn to look similar), but they are not siblings. There is a rather large cast of characters, and since they are drawn similarly, I found myself having to go back and double check which character was which. The book also has the cliche, blonde jock-ish bully who is very unforgiving in his bullying, and just pretty bland overall.
The art is pretty ho-hum. There are a lot of shots that are pulled back and focused on the dialogue to where the characters are really detailed, but not the environment surrounding them. It doesn’t really give you a sense of what the world is like, in this sprawling utopia.
The one bright spot is the second half of the book. Once The Cell is discovered, you can feel the pace pick up in the book and the nervous energy surrounding their society. Everyone has to band together to prevent The Cell from destroying their home, in three and a half hours.
Outside of that, this book wasn’t for me. I’m sure it is setting up something that could possibly be enjoyable, but I won’t be checking it out. If you enjoyed this book and disagree with my review, let me know. I’d love to know what I missed or what you disagree with me on.
Rating: 4 out of 10 stars.
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