Outcast
Outcast by Robert Kirkman.jpg
Cover art for the first issue of Outcast (June 2014)
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateJune 2014 – April 2021
No. of issues48
Creative team
Created byRobert Kirkman
Written byRobert Kirkman
Artist(s)Paul Azaceta
Letterer(s)Rus Wooton
Colorist(s)Elizabeth Breitweiser
Editor(s)Sean Mackiewicz

Outcast (trademarked as Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta)[1] is an American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

It is a supernatural horror story that chronicles Kyle Barnes, a man whose loved ones have been involved in demonic possession since his childhood. With the help of a clergyman, he tries as an adult to unveil what lies behind the supernatural manifestations and why he seems to carry special peculiarities.

The first issue of the monthly comic was published in 2014 by Image Comics. The series ran for a total of 48 issues until its completion in April 2021.

Before the first release, Kirkman also began to develop a television adaptation with Cinemax[2][3] which began airing in June 2016 and ended in 2018 after two seasons.

Publication history

Outcast was officially announced in October 2013 at New York Comic Con, after two years of development. Kirkman said it was the first time that he already had a clear ending in mind when he began to write the comic book.[4] He described Outcast as an epic horror story, hoping to give real scares to readers, unlike The Walking Dead style. Kirkman said that orders for the first issue were higher than for the most recent issue of The Walking Dead.[5]

Issues

  1. A Darkness Surrounds Him, June 25, 2014
  2. From The Shadows It Watches, July 30, 2014
  3. I Remember When She Loved Me, August 27, 2014
  4. To Light Our Way, September 24, 2014
  5. A Wrath Unseen, November 12, 2014
  6. Receive Your Mark, December 24, 2014
  7. The Road Before Us, March 18, 2015
  8. A Vast and Unending Ruin, April 29, 2015
  9. What Lurks Within, May 27, 2015
  10. A Weakness Exposed, July 1, 2015
  11. A Line is Crossed, August 5, 2015
  12. Close to Home, September 9, 2015
  13. This Little Light, November 25, 2015
  14. Get Behind Me Satan, December 16, 2015
  15. All Alone Now, January 27, 2016
  16. Overwhelmed, February 24, 2016
  17. The Damage Done, March 23, 2016
  18. There is No Escape, April 27, 2016
  19. Under Devil's Wing, July 27, 2016[6]
  20. A Power Exposed, August 24, 2016
  21. Blood is Spilled, September 28, 2016
  22. The Ticking Clock, October 26, 2016
  23. The Darkest Before, November 23, 2016[7]
  24. No Turning Back, January 11, 2017
  25. Light of Day, February 22, 2017
  26. The Sharpened Edge, March 29, 2017
  27. A New Way, May 3, 2017
  28. His Growing Flock, June 7, 2017
  29. Unwelcomed, July 26, 2017
  30. A Coming Storm, September 6, 2017
  31. Homelife, October 25, 2017
  32. Invasion (Part 1 of 5), December 27, 2017
  33. Invasion (Part 2 of 5), January 31, 2018
  34. Invasion (Part 3 of 5), March 21, 2018
  35. Invasion (Part 4 of 5), May 9, 2018
  36. Invasion (Part 5 of 5), June 27, 2018
  37. A Father's Love, December 19, 2018
  38. Surrounded, January 23, 2019
  39. Infiltration, February 27, 2019
  40. The Darkness Grows, March 27, 2019
  41. Betrayed, May 1, 2019
  42. Shining Too Brightly, August 7, 2019
  43. The Merged, December 25, 2019
  44. The Merged Part 2, January 29, 2020
  45. The Merged Part 3, May 20, 2020
  46. The Merged Part 4, September 16, 2020
  47. The Merged Part 5, December 23, 2020
  48. The Merged Part 6, April 28, 2021

Collected editions

Outcast trade paperbacks
Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Outcast: Volume 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him Outcast #1–6 January 28, 2015 978-1632150530
Outcast: Volume 2 – A Vast and Unending Ruin Outcast #7–12 October 7, 2015 978-1632154484
Outcast: Volume 3 – This Little Light Outcast #13–18 June 21, 2016 978-1632156938
Outcast: Volume 4 – Under Devil's Wing Outcast #19–24 February 21, 2017 978-1534300507
Outcast: Volume 5 – The New Path Outcast #25–30 October 24, 2017 978-1534302495
Outcast: Volume 6 – Invasion Outcast #31–36 July 31, 2018 978-1534307513
Outcast: Volume 7 – The Darkness Grows Outcast #37–42 July 30, 2019 978-1534312395
Outcast: Volume 8 - The Merged Outcast #43–48 June 1, 2021 978-1534316041
Outcast deluxe hardcovers
Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Outcast: Book One Outcast #1–12 November 8, 2016 978-1534300910
Outcast: Book Two Outcast #13–24 November 29, 2017 978-1534304390
Outcast: Book Three Outcast #25–36 July 2, 2019 978-1534312302
Outcast: Book Four Outcast #37–48 June 30, 2021 978-1534317109

Television adaptation

Main article: Outcast (TV series)

Cinemax picked up the rights to produce a show based on the comic in 2013.[8] Ten episodes were announced to be produced with Patrick Fugit (Kyle Barnes) and Philip Glenister (Reverend Anderson) as the leading roles for the television series, which premiered in June 2016.[9]

Reception

The first issue of the comic was released in June 2014 to positive reviews.[10]

References

  1. ^ Rich Johnston (December 29, 2014). "Outcast By Kirkman And Azaceta Hits Another Trademark Bump". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg (November 11, 2013). "Robert Kirkman's Exorcism Drama 'Outcast' Lands at Cinemax (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Lesley Goldberg (July 7, 2014). "Robert Kirkman Talks 'Outcast,' Says 'Walking Dead' Will Return With 'Intense' Season 5". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kirkman & Azaceta Bring Demonic Possession Comic "Outcast" To Image". Comic Book Resources. October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Kirkman, Robert (June 2014). A Darkness Surrounds Him. Outcast #1. Image Comics. p. 46.
  6. ^ "Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #19 – Releases – Image Comics".
  7. ^ "Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #23 – Releases – Image Comics".
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 11, 2013). "Robert Kirkman's Exorcism Drama 'Outcast' Lands at Cinemax (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Lesley Goldberg (March 14, 2016). "Robert Kirkman's Cinemax Drama 'Outcast' Renewed for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta" Archived 2015-02-20 at the Wayback Machine. Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved February 20, 2015.