Outer Darkness #10 Review
Castrophony of Hate
Pt 10: Hate Blossoms
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…
The crew of the Charon had another run-in with some swords that infects its victims with the urge to kill. So the swords were…killer. As a result of this past issue, Layman hints at us being closer and closer to the major confrontation between Captain Rigg and his first officer, Satalis. After the rest of the crew is infected, Satalis, uninfected, made his play at the Captain. Satalis was not successful and now Rigg is on to him.
Another joy of an issue. Another freak of the week and I loved it. Haunted houses, killer swords, and now hateful flowers. The storytelling technique of the cutaway to what was going on was well done. Also, I love the twists and surprises in the issue, they not only keep me engaged but also subvert any expectations I have. I go into each issue pretty fresh knowing anything can happen. What I think Layman does very well is to both have “the monster of the week,” but it also advances the story and the central conflict. And of all folks to save the day, hilarious.
Captain Rigg is an unconventional captain and runs his ship in a pretty unconventional way. But his ends often justify the means. Overall, he wants to preserve the sanctity of the ship and his crew. He’s lost some crew members over the last 10 adventures but if Rigg didn’t make some of the decisions he does, he would lose a whole lot more. Yet and still, Satalis hates Rigg and will stop at nothing to take him out. Only I think Rigg is smart and may get to him first. The cliffhanger ending leaves me itching for the next issue. Layman and Chan are a masterful team. The combination of fantastical plot and story with expressive and unique vegetation and creatures makes for a treasure trove of sci-fi horror. People need to pick up this book and sit with it. Layman says at the end of the book that our story will be split into several distinct “seasons” and we are approaching the end of “Season 1.” I am suspense for how this turns out and what more we can learn about Rigg’s past and Satalis is such a sadist.