Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever
Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist- Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer- Ariana Maher
Alea and Sam are still trying to figure out what to do with the information they got in the last issue while also getting more. In the meantime Alea’s parents have made an amazing discovery.
Things are starting to get rough at the Outpost. One of the biggest selling points of this series so far has been the feeling of adventure. We’re here to explore and learn new things. Which has a lot to do with the characters the series follows and their own views and actions. Alea is a character that wants to go out and explore the world. She wants to learn everything she can about what’s going on around her. That’s a trait that she got from her parents, who are a part of the Discovery Team. This is the group that would venture out of the Outpost and into the ice and snow to collect data about the planet.
As the series has progressed we’ve gotten the impression that people outside of Alea’s group have a less than stellar opinion of the Discovery Team. Something that comes to light in this issue. Alea’s parents make a major discovery and try to share it with the people of the Outpost. Once they hear the information the people completely turn on Alea’s parents.
A lot of terrible things have happened over the course of this series. The continued survival of the Outpost has been questioned. The people are concerned with whether or not they’re going to survive. Accepting new information just raises more questions. More questions make the situation scarier. It adds a lot of unknowns and if there is anything that humans are afraid of, it’s the unknown.
So, while I love the adventurous feel of the series and the fact that we have characters willing to throw themselves into the unknown. I also really appreciate seeing this other side of things. It’s a point of contention that would happen in the real world. When it happens in the story if feel like a natural rise in dramatic tension. This is an appropriate conflict for our characters to confront and overcome. It all makes sense and flows well as a story. Which is exciting and makes me want to read more.