tMost comic book readers, both new and old, would be familiar with Robert Kirkman through his hugely successful series The Walking Dead. The series has gone on to become a multimedia franchise that has gotten new people into comics and is a frequent bestseller. With this popularity, Robert Kirkman has been able to branch out into a variety of other successful comic series such as Invincible and Thief of Thieves. Although, this week sees Robert Kirkman launch a new series in the genre he is most famous for – horror. Collaborating with artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast is a series about demon possession and exorcism.
The series follows Kyle Barnes, a man who has been the victim of demon possession all his life. Finally seeking answers, Kyle will uncover terrifying secrets which could bring end of life on Earth as we know it.
In an article with USAToday, Kirkman described the series as following:
Outcast is very much dealing with some terrifying prospects and certainly situations that I think people will find very eerie and unsettling. It’s ending up being a lot creepier than I thought was possible in a static image in silence on a comic-book page.
Sounds like it could be scary.
Even before the first issue has been released, Outcast has been optioned for TV on Cinemax. Even if it is only half the hit AMC’s The Walking Dead is, the series will be huge. If you want to be on the ground floor for what could be TV’s next big hit, I suggest getting giving this series a try.
Outcast should appeal to those who enjoy horror, especially if that horror involves demons and/or exorcisms. Additionally, if you are a fan of The Walking Dead this series should be one you should give at least a flip through.
Outcast #1 is released through Image Comics and is available in all good comic book stores and digitally on Comixology and imagecomics.com from June 25th. If you can’t find a copy, don’t stress as a 2nd printing is on its way.
Take a look at a 4-page preview below.