Outer Darkness #12 Review
Castrophony of Hate
Pt 12: Grand Theft Starship
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…
So, it went down last issue. If you have not read it, go pick it up ASAP. So unfortunately, no Satalis getting fed to the God Engine, yet. Captain Rigg did end up unleashing some pent up frustration regarding the crew of the Charon. They never saw it coming. Everyone likes a good party (mostly everyone). We see the Rigg interact with Admiral Prakesh, his administrators Dad. Boy did it get awkward. Plus, Rigg held some interviews for new crew members. And the fun doesn’t stop there.
This was a great culmination to a season well done by Layman and Chan. Consistently entertaining, inventive, horrifyingly beautiful, and hilarious. This issue simultaneously wraps up the story for the last eleven issues while also, unfolding the story ahead. A heist of sorts, Rigg believes he has perfectly executed his plan but with loose ends complicate things. The underlying plot of Admiral Prakash & Captain Rigg’s past is incredibly intriguing as well. There’s obviously an even deeper issue between them and possible unrevealed part of Rigg’s plan at play. The twists and turns illustrate a creative command of the medium.
I loved the element of the ship names. I thought the name of the Charon was random. Obviously, Layman was intentional. In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman of the dead, taking recently dead souls across the River Styx to the underworld. The crew of the Charon in this comic has exorcists and has experienced a great deal of ghosts, ghouls, monsters, haunted weapons, and death on their various voyages. So this name makes a lot of sense. With Satalis now serving as Prakash’s enforcer, I imagine the name of Satalis’ new ship is an indicator of the fun ahead. His ship is the Deimos, which is the name of the Greek god of fear/terror. I knew this Greek myth knowledge would be useful someday. Prakash tells Satalis to save his daughter and that he doesn’t want her going into the “Outer Darkness.” This has been a wild ride and I am looking forward to going deeper in Season 2.