Why You Should Read It: Outpost Zero

User Rating: 10
Credits:

Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever

Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi

Colorist- Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Letterer- Ariana Maher

Associate Editor- Arielle Basich

Editor- Sean Mackiewicz

Outpost Zero is a science fiction series about a colony of humans trying to get by on a frozen planet.  They are struggling against both the inhospitable weather and their aging equipment.

About the Story:

I’m going, to be honest, when I first picked this series up I thought that it was going to be a story a lot like Snowpiercer.  The humans have destroyed the Earth, it is now a frozen wasteland, and everything is horribly depressing.  It turns out that Outpost Zero is nothing like that.  A common trend in sci-fi these days is to make a story as dark and depressing as possible, but Outpost Zero isn’t that.  It is way more fun and adventurous than a lot of science fiction on the market these days.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of heavy emotional beats in the story.  The writer doesn’t shy away from dealing with things like death or hopelessness in the face of an uncertain future, but to me that isn’t the primary focus of the series.  To me, the story is about overcoming those fears, finding hope where you can, and moving forward.

About the Characters:

Our main cast of characters is a group of teens coming of age in the outpost.  They and the adults around them are so far removed from the humans that originally built the outpost that talking about it is like us talking about the Ancient Greeks.  So, there’s not a lot of joy or wonder that they’ve made it to space and have a new planet to study and learn about.  This is just everyday life for these characters and it’s interesting to see how they deal with it.

Our main character, Alea is excited about learning and gathering as much information as she can.  She wants to be part of the Discovery Team, the group that gets to venture outside the dome and study the planet.  She’s excited and passionate in a way that most of the others don’t understand.

The others are struggling to handle the responsibilities that they have now that they’re old enough to work with the ever growing fear of impending doom.  At the point, we join the story the characters are desperately trying to maintain the technology that they don’t fully understand because it’s the only thing separating them from death in the planet’s near-frozen atmosphere.

So, it’s interesting to see characters like Alea who want to learn and make new discoveries that could improve everyone’s lives juxtaposed with characters who seem resigned to their fates.  Also, what’s important to me is seeing these characters come together.  They’re learning about each other and coming together to reach a common goal.

About the Art:

To me, the fun thing about this series is the characters and the overall sense of adventure.  We’re following Alea on, what starts as a journey of discovery but turns into a quest for answers.  The art I feel really helps sell the adventure vibe.

I might sound a little crazy, but the art in Outpost Zero reminds me of Calvin and Hobbs.  The art in this series has a very different style than Calvin and Hobbs, but to me, it has the same feel.  It looks like it’s just lines and watercolors, with a similar texture to old Calvin and Hobbs strips, and it’s great.  To me, it looks fantastic.  It’s detailed without being cluttered and there’s a lot of life to it.

I think the reason I’m reminded of Calvin and Hobbs when I see the art is because ultimately Calvin and Hobbs was a series about a little boy who went on adventures with his best friend.  Outpost Zero pulled me in with a story about a girl going on an adventure with her friends.

Whether or not you like science fiction, I think this is a series that you should give a chance to. It’s a story about discovery and characters learning about themselves and others in the face of adversity. It reels you in with the promise of adventure in an unknown world and keeps you with some mystery and a desire to see these characters come together against what threatens them

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Sarah Bieniek

Sarah Bieniek

I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.
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Whether or not you like science fiction, I think this is a series that you should give a chance to. It’s a story about discovery and characters learning about themselves and others in the face of adversity. It reels you in with the promise of adventure in an unknown world and keeps you with some mystery and a desire to see these characters come together against what threatens them.
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