Outer Darkness #7 Review
Castrophony of Hate
Pt 7: Haunted
Created/Written by: John Layman
Created/Penciled by: Afu Chan
Lettered by: Pat Brosseau
Cover Artist: Afu Chan
Logo Design: Andres Juarez
Previously on Outer Darkness…
In the last issue of Outer Darkness, marking the end of the first arc, we were in a tailspin. The Charon is infested with a possessed guaranteed rescue, that Captain Rigg actually didn’t want to rescue. After a bunch of crewmembers are killed, there’s a whole other demon-possessed issue in Sato Shin. More deaths later, the Mathematicians and the exorcists defeat the initial demon and First Officer Satalis defeats Shin. They find a way to tame Shin because they can’t kill him or he’ll come back again stronger. This leaves the door open for a sinister plot by Satalis.
This was probably the most interesting story I’ve read in a while. Every issue of this book and every page I turn, I never know what will happen next. While predictability is comfortable, this kind of creative storytelling by Layman and Chan is unmatched. I don’t even want to talk too much about what happens in the issue because it is so interesting and I want folks to crack it open and experience it like I did. This genre-spanning comic sees our Captain Rigg lead this ragtag group against ghouls and spirits that are beautifully terrifying. The design of these monsters both have a familiarity but also a stark unique character that scares the hell out of me. On the surface, Rigg feels like the anti-hero archetype, but like many characters there’s more than meets the eye. The first few pages reveal a little more of his past. It leaves you wanting more.
What I will say is the story is the Amityville Horror-level scary met with space exorcists that are the saving grace of this crew. I want to also highlight the subtleties that call back to previous issues. Particularly, there are some very light exchanges that call to the tumultuous relationship between the Captain and the first officer and the navigator. Two powder keg situations ready to blow. I love this book and can’t say a negative thing about it.