It Lurks Below (Outpost Zero #12 Comic Review)


Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever

Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi

Colorist- Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Letter- Ariana Maher


The people of the Outpost have become increasingly hostile towards Alea’s parents.  Meanwhile, Alea and Sam decide to do some more exploring in the bowels of the outpost.


This issue was both fun and sad.  I am excited about Sam and Alea exploring and discovering things.  They’re working together and trying to figure out a plan to help Alea’s parents with the information they’ve found.  It’s a great time.

Several issues ago they dropped a camera down a shaft and saw something horrifying.  That thing is probably the life form Alea’s parents detected with their equipment in the last issue.  Seeing that thing was pretty traumatic for Sam, Alea, and their friend Lyss.  It was especially traumatic for Lyss and she hasn’t been dealing with it well at all.  So, one of the side stories we’ve been given is watching her try to deal with her trauma.  Which is actually really sad, because she’s failing to find a healthy way to overcome this.

At the same time Alea’s parents have to deal with a lot of backlash from the community.  What they’re going through actually reminds me a lot of “The Crucible”.  Which is a play about the Salem Witch Trials, were the community turns on itself out of things out of fear and jealousy.  For Outpost Zero the important correlation is the fear part.  The people are afraid of what the Discovery Team has found out and they are willing to do anything to keep that information from affecting their lives.

That coupled with the fact that there’s a monster lurking beneath their feet is pretty terrifying and I like it.  This story is doing a lot of things that I really like.  A lot of the build up from previous issues is paying off and we finally found out what the robot’s name is.  I love the robot so much.

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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.
This issue was perfect for me. The art is still on point and it hit a lot of storytelling beats that I really enjoy. I especially enjoy the fact that we’re starting to see some payoff from stuff that was planted in earlier issues. It’s all coming together and it’s exciting. Also, the robot is back. It is my favorite character.
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