Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever
Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist- Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer- Ariana Maher
In the last issue Alea and Sam ventured into the bowels of the Outpost to investigate a strange anomaly. There they discover pieces of the Outposts past.
They found a robot and I love him. Sam and Alea found the robot at the end of the last issue and they got to spend most of this issue talking to him. I find him really charming and hope he doesn’t turn out to be a sinister piece of leftover technology. That would make me very sad.
Now that that’s out of the way. While I love the robot it is mostly just a tool for exposition. Once Sam and Alea meet it they start asking it questions about its origins and the people that originally came to the outpost. The robot then spends the issue giving them what information it can. So, we learn a bit about the original mission, but we also get hints about the ever looming danger.
Aside from the robot giving us a history lesson we get to see Sam and Alea fight over what their purpose is. As the series has progressed we’ve watched them bond over their shared desire of figuring out what’s going on. The thing is, they both had different reasons to start looking for answers. Now that they seem so close to getting those answers they’re starting to fight over whose purpose is more important.
Watching Sam and Alea become friends as the series progressed has been one of my favorite things about the series. I’m not upset about watching them fight in this issue though. It seems very natural given their different approaches to problem solving. Despite having conflicting approaches their still willing to work together and figure out a solution. I really like this too. Stories that focus on misunderstandings between characters have always been less interesting to me. So I appreciate that Sam and Alea are going to keep looking for answers instead of throwing it all away to argue.
I still really like the art. Important for this issue, I like the design of the robot. To me the robot and the world it lives in feels different than what we’ve seen in the series so far. There is obviously some crossover in design preferences, but the art and the colors do a great job of making the robot feel old and out of place.