Important Note Dept: As you can probably guess, I’ve been a bit busy with Real Life(TM) this autumn, and while I’ve been productive at many things, I sure as hell have not been productive at blogging—I’ve been reading at a glacial pace, which caused my writing to lag as well since I need to, y’know, read things before I can review them. Rather than disappoint everyone with silence, instead I’ll just post reviews of things most of you don’t care about: graphic novel reviews and art posts! I have a bunch of short graphic novel reviews stockpiled on Goodreads and elsewhere, and some half-completed art posts I can finish up. What a time to be alive!
By this point in the series, neither the readers or the characters have any real clue as to what’s going on, but the pacing has picked up the slack. Well, we have a general idea of what’s going on: Kyle has fought against “demonic possession” his entire life, with first his mother and then his wife becoming possessed. But maybe it’s not the typical religious demons that are doing this; maybe it’s something even more mysterious and sinister. The danger continues to escalate in the aftermath of Kyle’s sister Megan being attacked by the darkness, and now the evil has his estranged family in their sights.
The characterization and development is great for Kyle, at least; he’s something of the misunderstood but relatable loner, accepting blame for crimes he didn’t commit to keep his loved ones safe. He and his friend—the local reverend, assistant in his “exorcisms” of the demons—are doing what they can to keep people safe, but they’re not really sure what they’re going up against, learning scraps of information with each “exorcism” they perform. And as the reader learns, the “demons” are more numerous and prepared than expected. We’re starting to get more answers to our questions, but each answer just begs another question, so the series is still mired in the unknown—I’m drawn in by this mystery, but it may infuriate you if you’re the kind of reader who demands clarity and answers.
The plot continues to be a slow-burn in the long run, though each volume’s arc is getting tighter and better, with volume three finally feeling like the series is going somewhere awesome. The art continues to be top-notch, and is Outcast’s main selling point. This is a series that you will either love or hate based on your tolerance for its mysteries, glacial pacing, and moody atmosphere, since it lacks a clear sense of direction/progress and much of what’s going on is murky and unclear. This is the best volume in the series so far, and those who’ve stuck with it will be rewarded with a lot development.
Do I recommend this/will I continue reading it?: Yes, I’ve been meaning to pick up volume 4.
Recommended for fans of: American Horror Story, American Vampire, Locke & Key, Harrow Country, zombie-free horror in general.
Not recommended for readers who: dislike incredibly slow-burn stories where you aren’t sure if it’s going anywhere but damn is the atmosphere impressive; are squeamish; who don’t like content with religions/blasphemous themes.
Title: Outcast, Vol. 3: This Little Light
Author: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Paul Azaceta
First Published: 2016
What I Read: Image Comics, 2016
Price I Paid: $5.99 (Kindle/Comixology sale)
MSRP: $14.99 tpb / $11.99 ebook
ISBN/ASIN: 1632156938 / B01CPN8DEO