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Review: Outpost Zero #1

Welcome to Outpost Zero, the smallest town in the universe. The people there work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed-but the Outpost is no place for dreams or aspirations. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood on a frozen world never meant to support human life, something stirs. Something sees…

Outpost Zero #1 is a prime example of how to world build in such a very short amount of time. Written by Sean Kelley McKeever, the series focuses on a distant town within a bubble on a frozen alien world. We learn of their arrival, tragedy, how it all works, and the characters within quickly and in such a way that’s entertaining and makes you want to come back for more.

What’s interesting is how the threat that’s coming builds. The story, you expect to go one way, but by the end it veers in another direction that’s unexpected. Yes, the comic has a Snowpiercer like vibe about it, but it has more than enough uniqueness that makes it stand out from that modern classic of a series.

But, what McKeever does that’s really impressive is gives us a bunch of characters that feel like they may be as home in Riverdale as they are on an alien world in a dome city. There’s nothing particularly sci-fi about the series in that it feels really normal in a way. An issue in and it all feels natural and that’s a good thing as it creates the focus on the characters and their interactions as opposed to some out there sci-fi plot… but that may be coming.

The art by Alexandre Tefenkgi with color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu is really good with each character being very unique with lots of personality just in their look. But, there’s also subtle body language that tells the reader about what’s going on as much as the dialogue itself. It’s a great example of show, don’t tell. That applies to Outpost Zero itself where we get a sense of what’s happened through all of the detail added throughout, a crack here and there tells us more than some extraneous dialogue.

This might be a story about an alien world where a dome may fail and everyone dies from freezing to death, but it also stars characters who are focused on what’s next in their lives and what their role in society will be… and relationships with each other. As I said, put this in any-town America and the story could work, even the freezing weather aspect. There’s a grounded aspect to it all that makes it stand out as a series I can’t wait to read more of.

Story: Sean Kelley McKeever Art: Alexandre Tefenkgi Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Your First Look At Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver!

Your First Look At AVENGERS ORIGINS: SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER!

For the first time ever, see the path that took Wanda and Pietro Maximoff from mutant terrorists to Earth’s Mightiest in Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #1. This all-new story featuring the duo’s road to becoming Avengers, courtesy of writer Sean McKeever and artist Mirco Pierfederici, exposes a hidden chapter in the history of the Marvel Universe that no fan can miss. This November, see how the fastest and most powerful super heroes of all time fought their way into the world’s premiere super hero team in Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #1.

AVENGERS ORIGINS: SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER #1 (SEP110527)
Written by SEAN MCKEEVER
Art by MIRCO PIERFEDERICI
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE – 11/23/11

Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Cover

Fear Itself Rallies Marvel’s Youth In Revolt

Official Press Release

FEAR ITSELF Rallies Marvel’s YOUTH IN REVOLT

Fear Itself has a stranglehold on the Marvel Universe and this May, Eisner Award-winning writer Sean McKeever and fan favorite artist Mike Norton, take the next generation of Marvel heroes’ fight for freedom outside the chain of command in Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1 (of 6)! In the wake of the Civil War, the Initiative would have been there to marshal the heroes of tomorrow against any force of evil, no matter how great. But for the heroes-in-training who managed to survive Norman Osborn’s corrupt regime, there’s only one honorable response to yet another call for mandatory service – run!

“With YOUTH IN REVOLT, we’re taking a look at how a palpable sense of fear and despair can affect the younger generation of heroes,” said McKeever to Marvel.com. “In the first issue, they’re deputized by the federal government in anticipation of terrible things to come, but what then? When they’re rushed into action without any strategy, who suffers? When things get out of hand, who will step up and who will crumble? And how well can they stand up to their own fears?”

Unregistered and untested, the former Initiative trainees will learn fast that even super-heroes have to cope with the horrors of war and the cost may be higher than they ever imagined! Can this team of youngsters push back the forces of Fear Itself and make it out on one piece? Find out in Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1 (of 6)!

FEAR ITSELF: YOUTH IN REVOLT #1 (of 6)

Written by SEAN McKEEVER

Pencils by MIKE NORTON

Cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI

Rated T+ … $2.99

ON SALE THIS MAY!

Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1 Cover

Marvel Unveils Onslaught Unleashed Liefeld Variants!

Official Press Release

Marvel Unveils ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED Liefeld Variants!

­­­­­­Marvel is pleased to present your first look at superstar artist Rob Liefeld’s stunning Onslaught Unleashed variant covers! Featuring the return of one of Marvel’s most powerful villains and an epic team-up between the Secret Avengers and the Young Allies, Onslaught Unleashed will shock fans when it hits store shelves in February!

ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED #1

ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED LIEFELD VARIANT A #1

ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED LIEFELD VARIANT B #1

Written by SEAN MCKEEVER

Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Variant Covers by ROB LIEFELD

Rated T+ …$3.99

ON SALE THIS FEBRUARY

Onslaught Unleashed Liefeld Variant AOnslaught Unleashed Liefeld Variant B

Preview – Your First Look At I Am An Avenger #2!

Official Press Release

Your First Look At I AM AN AVENGER #2!

Marvel is pleased to announce your first look at I Am An Avenger #2, featuring the return of acclaimed writer Greg Rucka along with Sean McKeever, Paul Tobin, Mike Mayhew and more! The star-studded Avengers anthology continues! Witness Captain America pay tribute to those who fell at the Siege of Asgard. Watch romance ignite between Firestar and Justice! See the Avengers like you’ve never seen them before in an array of new and exciting tales in I Am An Avenger #2!

I AM AN AVENGER #2 (AUG100597)

Written by GREG RUCKA, SEAN McKEEVER, PAUL TOBIN

Penciled by MIKE MAYHEW & MORE

Cover by GREG LAND

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/23/10, On-Sale – 10/13/10

I Am An Avenger #2 COVER Read more

Preview – Marvel Unveils Women Of Marvel Frame Variants

Official Press Release

Marvel Unveils Women Of Marvel Frame Variants

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at upcoming Women of Marvel variants from some of the industry’s top artists! Featuring a frame by superstars Stuart Immonen and Laura Martin, these Women of Marvel frame variants will also feature an iconic shot of your favorite Women of Marvel from that title by another of Marvel’s talented artists. Throughout August join Marvel as the celebration of Marvel’s powerhouse super heroines continues!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #29 (JUN100598)

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #29 WOMEN OF MARVEL FRAME VARIANT (JUN100599)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Art & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Women of Marvel Frame Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA

Rated A …$2.99

FOC – 7/22/10, On Sale 8/11/10

UNCANNY X-MEN #527 (JUN100621)

UNCANNY X-MEN #527 WOMEN OF MARVEL FRAME VARIANT (JUN100622)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Penciled by WHILCE PORTACIO

Cover by TERRY DODSON

Women of Marvel Frame Variant by SARA PICHELLI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 7/29/10, On Sale – 8/18/10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 (JUN100542)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 WOMEN OF MARVEL FRAME VARIANT (JUN100545)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 QUESADA VARIANT (JUN100543)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 QUESADA SKETCH VARIANT (JUN100544)

Written by JOE QUESADA

Penciled by PAOLO RIVERA & JOE QUESADA

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

Spidey Sunday Feature by STAN LEE & MARCOS MARTIN

Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA

Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA

Women of Marvel Frame Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Rated A …$3.99

FOC – 8/5/10, On Sale – 8/25/10

NEW AVENGERS #3 (JUN100561)

NEW AVENGERS #3 WOMEN OF MARVEL FRAME VARIANT (JUN100563)

NEW AVENGERS #3 IMMONEN (JUN100562)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils & Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Women of Marvel Frame Variant by JOE QUINONES

Rated A …$3.99

FOC – 7/29/10, On Sale – 8/18/10

CAPTAIN AMERICA #609 (JUN100572)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #609 WOMEN OF MARVEL FRAME VARIANT (JUN100573)

Written by ED BRUBAKER

Penciled by BUTCH GUICE

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Women of Marvel Frame Variant by MIKE PERKINS

Nomad Backup by SEAN MCKEEVER & DAVID BALDEON

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 8/5/10, On Sale – 8/25/10