Title: Outpost Zero #4
Writer: Sean McKeever
Artist/Cover: Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Alexandre Tefenkgi
Publication Date: October 10, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “With one friend dead, Alea confronts Sam about what really happened out there on the Frost… and the fallout will shake the Outpost’s very foundation.”
Outpost Zero #4 is a beautifully constructed issue where tension mounts both from within in the form of corruption and outside as the frost sits heavy on top of the Outpost. As tension rises within, generations are pitted against each other with a feeling that a revolution is slowly beginning to take shape. What comes next for our fearless/fearful Outposters?
Outpost Zero has finally unlocked the creepy government conspiracy level that everyone’s been waiting for. As science-fiction stories go, government conspiracy is a part of your basic start-up kit, but Sean McKeever has suspended this bit of information, opting to slowy confirm what we’ve all assumed. The result is an issue you can’t put down. Outpost #4 is simply a gripping issue. McKeever has a unique storytelling style that not only builds momentum issue-to-issue, but panel-to-panel, all while unfolding layers of story development. As the issue comes to a close, the fear and anticipation settles in, McKeever leaves us with a shadowy figure and the words of corrupt leader. A chilling conclusion to an issue fraught with tension.
Jean-Francois Beaulieu and Alexandre Tefenkgi continue to craft the complex world of Outpost Zero with both vivid and dark colors. The images give way to a full range of emotions as the story unfolds, revealing the more subtle complexities within the Outpost.
The Bottom Line:
Outpost Zero #4 is the most chilling issue to date. Sean McKeever flexes his storytelling craft as the story snowballs to the final panel. McKeever keeps his thumb on the pulse of the issue as he builds tension from the frost and the political powers within Outpost Zero. The series continues to grow in complexity each issue, adding more layers to the plot as the series continues.