Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Paul Azaceta, Elizabeth Breitweiser
Outcast #24 released: December 28th 2016
What happened in the issue?
Over at the Holt residence, things are still awkward as the now paralyzed Mark is trying to deal with what happened. If you recall Meagan got possessed and ended up throwing her husband out the window. I can see how that’d put tension on a marriage. Mark knows it wasn’t her, and is now accepting the ugly truth. That evil is among them. The silent dinner is interrupted by Officer Scott coming over and asking where Kyle is. Scott is also a demon meat suit, so really he’s there to find the Outcast and the runway, Giles. Being a little too aggressive causes Meagan to wonder if he’s one of them.
After saying goodbye to his mother, Kyle runs into Sidney at his home. Sid again offers Kyle the chance to be on their team. Sid gives the whole 'if you can’t beat em, join em', talk. Probably a talk that would’ve gone better if the demons hadn’t gone after everyone Kyle loves.
Further on the outskirts of town Reverend Anderson and Giles find a house that will hopefully stay off the demon’s radar. Here they can be safe and begin to plan what to do next. Kyle shows up to the house with a little surprise for them. A devil in the trunk.
I don’t think there are words to describe how much I love Robert Kirkman as a writer. He weaves these overdone stories in such a way that they feel fresh and new. Sweeping in a storyline that make the reader feel that they are on the edge of a catastrophe, but still teasing hope of the protagonist’s ability to overcome it. Speaking of the protagonist, this book is such a nice break from the 'good guy saves the world' scheme. Kyle has a lot of issues of his own: He's faced against evil and his faith is near non-existant, despite Anderson’s desperate pleas for belief. So much doubt that it even causes Reverend Anderson to eventually question his own faith as well. The brutal truth of human nature and our own demons come to life on these pages. With a purpose to save the world, Kyle’s anger still gets the best of him at times. One thing that always made me curious is that Kyle has known that his blood is a weapon against the demons, so he beats the crap out of the people possessed. Wouldn’t it be easier to slightly cut his hand and put the cut hand on the possessed person’s mouth? Just seems a whole lot easier than getting into a fist fight every other issue. Either way I’m obsessed with this book!
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