Book Review: Outcast – A Darkness Surrounds Him (Robert Kirkman)

Publisher: Image Comics

Pages: 152

Release Date: January 5th 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.


Nathan has raved about this book for a while so I promised to read it as one of my Horroctober reads. I’m also really looking forward to starting the TV show too, which looks awesome!

Outcast tells the story of Kyle, a man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and is finally starting to get some answers. But the more he learns, the more things spiral out of control, threatening all life on Earth.

I did enjoy this but now I’m looking back to review it I don’t feel like I have a lot to say. It felt like this was very much a set up book: we meet some characters, learn Kyle’s background, see a few possessions, but it doesn’t feel like the story has really started yet. Still, it’s made me interested in the story and I want to see what Volume 2 has to offer, so it’s done its job!

The thing that really got me was some of the gore in the artwork – some pages were a real shocker when you turned them over, and I loved that. It really used the format of the graphic novel to shock you, which is great. While not the most exciting read, I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.