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Outpost Zero #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

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…

Explore the mysteries and wonder of the Frost in this oversized debut issue by Eisner-winning writer SEAN KELLEY McKEEVER, artist ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI, and colorist JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU.

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Print Lenght
47 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    I enjoyed Outpost Zero #1 immensely. So much so that I didn’t even realize it was a double sized issue, which is always something that leaves me wary in comics. McKeever manages to blend the sci-fi high stakes with genuine problems young people experience to deliver a story large in scope but deeply personal as well. The art is filled with life and yet has aspects that make you worried for what’s to come. Together this makes a wonderful debut issue with few flaws.

  • 97

    Sequential Planet

    Outpost Zero‘s huge debut issue is nothing short of amazing. From the cover art to the coloring to the storyline, everything about this first issue has me hooked.

    McKeever and Tefenkgi have built a nearly flawless foundation for their little world on Outpost Zero. I look forward to following the series in the future.

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    There is so much in this story that I want to talk about, but it’s worth reading for your self in order to experience it the way it should be. McKeever has created some pretty compelling characters and a narrative that is both ominous and hopeful. The characters really drive this story and you find yourself engaged with all of them on certain levels. It’s great storytelling that has hooked me. I want to know what happens next for these characters and their colony.

    The art is amazing with some brilliant use of light and shadow. Tefenkgi is really able to capture a sense of both scale and feeling with the art in this story. Portions of the dome felt really claustrophobic and made me want to escape as much as Alea wants to and the outside environments and snow effects definitely convey a sense of cold and impending doom.

  • 88

    Graphic Policy

    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.

  • 86

    Multiversity Comics

    Where many writers struggle with writing teenage characters, McKeever excels. They’re not dumbed down, but not treated as being more than they are. They are young human beings, not quite an adult but past the age of reason. They struggle with saying how they feel at times and blurt out thoughts without consideration a breath later. These characters feel real, in a way that is difficult to characterize.

    McKeever’s tale is executed visually by the art team of Alexandre Tefenkgi and Jean-Francois Beaulieu who use a somewhat simplistic style that at times belies the skillful presentation of each part played. The facial expressions of Alea particularly stand out, and her emotions read as clear as Ariana Maher’s lettering does on the page. In addition to the line work, flipping through the book gives viewers a wide array of the color spectrum without feeling muddied. Beaulieu uses color as well as McKeever uses vocabulary, and the pages are a visual treat.

    One needs more than 400 words to elaborate on this series debut but, suffice to say, it is worth picking up and worthy of a pull-list addition.

    Not a perfect book, but worth weathering a storm for.

  • 80

    A slow burn at first, this oversized first issue of Outpost Zero soon picks up enough that you don’t want to put the issue down. Like a John Hughes film set in the future, Outpost Zero is a coming-of-age tale that’s reminiscent of Lost in Space. Growing up is a pain in the ass and the creative team behind Outpost Zero – writer Sean Kelley McKeever and artist Alexandre Tefenkgi – hit the nail on the head.

  • 80

    Black Nerd Problems

    Outpost Zero is a grounded yet cosmic comic filled with people of color (Thank Bast artists and creators are finally accepting the fact that individuals of every creed and color will populate the post-fossil fuel dependent future). There’s also a bit of wonder here for everyone. Engineers will appreciate the structural spectacle of how we sustain life. Explorers and survivalists will love the continuous search for humanity’s big break and feel right at home dissecting the uncompromising attitude of those tasked with discovering what could inhabit such harsh foreign lands and the expanse of deep space. The Frozen tundra is inherently terrifying, and you find yourself on edge every time someone ventures out into the Frost.

    Jean-Francois Beaulieu and Alexandre Tefenkgi have created quite a gorgeous world for us to dive into, while Sean Kelley McKeever has written a smart, captivating tale about a conceivable future with plenty of intriguing storylines that beg to weaved. The cliffhanger we’re left with is a doozy. Outpost Zero is one comic you shouldn’t forget to pick when it drops on July 11th.

  • 80

    Comics Bookcase

    This issue does what Skybound books do best: leaves you badly wanting to know what happens next. It seems outwardly simple, but this book is layered, character-driven, and deceptively complex. The creative team behind Outpost Zero #1 has planted some compelling seeds.

  • 80

    Comic Bastards

    This comic ends on a massive cliffhanger and I have no idea what is going to happen. This is a fantastic start since the story is familiar, but the world is different enough to make things unpredictable for me at this point. I don’t feel like we have enough information to definitively say how that cliffhanger will turn out. It could end very badly and open up possibilities for hidden secrets to be revealed, or something incredible could happen that shifts the scales in a way no one within the story expects. I have no clue, and I am loving being clueless. This story gripped me, and I can honestly say I’m psyched to see what comes next. I hope it doesn’t end up letting me down.

  • 75

    Comic Buzz

    Outpost Zero #1 is a character-driven story, that introduces a large cast, and hints of larger, more ominous things to come. It does end on an almost hasty note, and does not answer some burning questions, but hopefully these loose threads will be tied up in the future. Outpost Zero #1 is available today.

  • 70

    Impulse Gamer

    This book is a good read. It isn’t fast paced and is a slow burn as it focuses on developing character. It does a great job of exploring the relationships between the kids it centers on, and how they deal with growing up in a biodome on an alien world. The little bits sprinkled throughout the issue explaining why they are there and what they are looking to do give just enough information to leave you wanting more.

    For a debut issue this book does a great job introducing its characters and their environment. It is an oversized issue, and the additional pages are well utilized and needed. There is a lot here and it McKeever and Tefekgi do a good job leaving readers wanting more. If you’re looking for a good sci fi book to really sink your teeth into this issue is worth picking up.

  • 60

    Big Comic Page

    All with the fascinating Aliene-sque backdrop of a wonderfully drawn setting, the bright colours popping out the page against dark inked shading, culminating in what the author summed up beautifully, “An ending and a beginning, both of them forming at once, separate yet entangled.” Outpost Zero is well worth a look if you’re in the mood for beginning a new journey into the stars through a familiar pair of teenage eyes.

  • 40

    Comic Book Corps

    The one bright spot is the second half of the book. Once The Cell is discovered, you can feel the pace pick up in the book and the nervous energy surrounding their society. Everyone has to band together to prevent The Cell from destroying their home, in three and a half hours.

    Outside of that, this book wasn’t for me. I’m sure it is setting up something that could possibly be enjoyable, but I won’t be checking it out. If you enjoyed this book and disagree with my review, let me know. I’d love to know what I missed or what you disagree with me on.

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