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"Outcast #48" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment


Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Paul Azaceta
Colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser
Lettered by Rus Wooton
2021, 46 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 28th, 2021


After teasing and alluding to it for ages, the Great Merge is finally here. What does this mean for Kyle Barnes and his family? They've been put through so much recently. They finally found a place of peace they can live and now everything could be ripped away.

The Great Merge really happened in the previous issue. Outcast #48 serves as the wrap-up to that big event and a bit of an epilogue for Kyle and his clan. Writer Robert Kirkman ties up some loose ends in a victory lap of sorts. These characters have had their fair share of heartbreak and torment, so it's refreshing to see them get some tranquility for once.

This isn't to say that this issue isn't scary. There are a few moments, particularly one towards the end, that have an unsettling feeling. We're accustomed to horror movies where the killer isn't really dead, so at any moment one of possessed folks could pop up and wreak some havoc...right?

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Artist Paul Azaceta captures that uneasy tone well, especially on Kyle's face. He's been in pain for so long that this feeling of happiness is foreign to him. He can't trust it. He basically has to pinch himself over and over again to make sure this is real and not a dream.

There's a feeling of relief that permeates through every page of Outcast #48. It's the deep breath you take after you have a close call. If you've ever missed a step on the stairs or almost slipped and fell, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser captures that feeling well with some bright yellows and oranges. It's like the sun is finally peeking through the clouds for the first time after a long storm.

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Letterer Rus Wooton adds so much context to the dialogue. I love how the accentuated words are shown in a bigger, bolder font, unlike how it's normally done in comics. This really makes them stand out.

While the scares are light in this issue, it's definitely worth the price of admission. Outcast delivers a rarity in the horror genre, as it has a happy ending. It doesn't come across as cheesy. Instead, it's very much earned. We've seen these folks go through hell to get to this point, so they deserve at least a moment of happiness. This is a solid closer to the series, wrapping up everything with a great ending.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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