Creator/Writer- Sean Kelley McKeever
Creator/Artist- Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist- Jean-Francois Bealieu
Letterer- Ariana Maher
At last, the final installment of this series is here. Sam and Alea, with the help of Otto the robot, finally make contact with the alien that lives under the outpost.
It’s not a secret that I love this series. This is the last issue and I’m really sad it’s over, but it was a great way to end the series. Not all of the loose ends get resolved on the page. We do get to see the direction things are going in though. It gives off the impression that these aren’t simple things that can be fixed right away, but they will be. Eventually, everything will work out for the better, because people are working towards improving their situations.
When I first reviewed this series I compared it to Calvin and Hobbes. For me, it has a lot of the same fun, whimsy, and a sense of adventure. I stand by that statement even now. I feel it more strongly now that the series is over than I did back at the beginning. The last Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin and Hobbes going out into the snow talking about how magical the world is. They get on their sled and say “let’s go exploring”. They’re doing what they’ve always done and even though we’re not going to be watching them anymore we know that they’re going to keep doing that. They will keep having adventures. It’s what they do. They explore and see all the amazing things the world has to offer.
The emotions I have about the end of Calvin and Hobbes are how I feel about Outpost Zero. We were introduced to a cast of characters and a fascinating world. Even though the series is over we don’t have a hard “this is what they’re doing now” ending. It’s soft, you know what these characters are like and they’re going to keep being themselves even after everything is said and done. They have a world to explore and they’re going to discover everything they can about it. It’s hopeful, uplifting, and a nice change of pace. A lot of modern science fiction is about how dark a terrible everything is. So, it’s nice to have a series end with the feeling of “let’s go on an adventure”.
I felt great by the time I was done reading this. I feel like I can handle whatever life throws at me and maybe even take a hike.