Title: Outpost Zero #2
Writer: Sean McKeever
Artist/Cover: Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Alexandre Tefenkgi
Publication Date: August 8, 2018
“As the Outpost struggles to rebound in the aftermath of a disastrous storm, Alea comes face to face with a loss she never expected… and refuses to accept.”
Issue #2 starts out with a sober tone in the issue. After the death of Steve, Alea is faced with some big life decisions, particularly how to cope with the loss of a friend. She knows that Steve was on to something, but what? Now Alea is on a quest for truth, all the while snow is piled feet deep over the outpost, posing a serious threat to everyone in Outpost Zero.
Wow. Sean McKeever knows how to pile on the emotional distress. This series is definitely about the psychological effects of living in such seclusion and the pressure that lifestyle has on its occupants. But this issue really gets into the human aspect of that distress. McKeever is able to craft an issue fraught with emotional crisis that is both sad, yet hopeful. McKeever makes it clear in this issue that there are answers ahead, but Alea will have to start asking the right questions first.
Outpost Zero is a world that gives all the impressions of life on Earth, yet just below that surface or above that sky is an unseen meticulous machine working to keep this illusion alive. Jean-Francois Beaulieu and Alexandre Tefenkgi’s artwork perfectly illustrates that balance between the illusion and reality.
The Bottom Line:
Outpost Zero #2 is a solid issue that creates a strong emotional narrative for the series. The combination of Sean McKeever’s words and Jean-Francois Beaulieu and Alexandre Tefenkgi’s artwork are the perfect storytelling balance.