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The beginning of the end is upon us. Allison has been possessed...but it's unlike any possession we've seen before. How will this affect Kyle's mission to save the world now that the great merge has begun? Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #43-48 The beginning of the end is upon us. Allison has been possessed...but it's unlike any possession we've seen before. How will this affect Kyle's mission to save the world now that the great merge has begun? Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #43-48


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The beginning of the end is upon us. Allison has been possessed...but it's unlike any possession we've seen before. How will this affect Kyle's mission to save the world now that the great merge has begun? Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #43-48 The beginning of the end is upon us. Allison has been possessed...but it's unlike any possession we've seen before. How will this affect Kyle's mission to save the world now that the great merge has begun? Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #43-48

30 review for Outcast, Vol. 8: The Merged

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I'm not all that impressed with the finale. I'm not a big fan of the art style because for the majority of these books I've thought that the characters have a tendency to blend together. So the murky art combined with a murky plot didn't do much to make this ending much of anything special. And that kind of sums up my feeling about this whole title. I was initially drawn in by Kyle and the idea of the Outcasts, but as the story moved away from horror and closer to sci-fi my interest gradually dw I'm not all that impressed with the finale. I'm not a big fan of the art style because for the majority of these books I've thought that the characters have a tendency to blend together. So the murky art combined with a murky plot didn't do much to make this ending much of anything special. And that kind of sums up my feeling about this whole title. I was initially drawn in by Kyle and the idea of the Outcasts, but as the story moved away from horror and closer to sci-fi my interest gradually dwindled. The big battle between Light and Dark is really nothing more than a fight between humans and creatures from a dying dimension. And no matter how many evil grins they gave, I just couldn't forget that they were fighting for their lives, too. And just why the fuck did that Light being wait till now to show up? Popping up out of nowhere! Hey, y'all! I'm here to save you. Just hold hands and stand in a spiral and all will be well. But I can't complain that Kirkman didn't give this one a proper wrap up. He did his audience the courtesy of tieing up all the loose ends and not leaving us wondering what happened with the characters. If you've been reading this series then you know what you're in for, and I don't see a reason that you should avoid this. Finish it out if you've come this far. However, this really isn't a series I'll be running around trying to get people to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    “Let’s just say that one way or the other, this is all going to be over soon.” (and this reader says, AMEN.) Yes, it’s over, and well, maybe I shouldn’t say, but yeah, the good guys win, big surprise. As Kirkman says in an afterword, all my stories are about the importance of family, so there you have the catharsis in the horror tale. In Rome, West Virginia (you know a little historical information about the fall of Rome, centuries ago? A set-up?) we are ramped up to eleven on the social chaos me “Let’s just say that one way or the other, this is all going to be over soon.” (and this reader says, AMEN.) Yes, it’s over, and well, maybe I shouldn’t say, but yeah, the good guys win, big surprise. As Kirkman says in an afterword, all my stories are about the importance of family, so there you have the catharsis in the horror tale. In Rome, West Virginia (you know a little historical information about the fall of Rome, centuries ago? A set-up?) we are ramped up to eleven on the social chaos meter. (Pretty generic) murder/burning/mayhem in the street ensues as the fight for the moral life of Rome is in question. This is something that has been promised volume after volume, so when it finally comes, it is mostly anticlimactic. So The Great Merge is upon us at last and it will only get worse if it ever can get better . . and the once skeptical wife of Kyle, Allison, is now the fulcrum, the key to moral survival in the battle between the Darkness and the Light. She’s possessed--oh, no!--but not by demons, but by the . . . light, an angel! Also, we learn that the way to win is by holding hands and fighting this thing together, eh. We CAN send the darkness back, we can repel it. Together. With light shooting into (or out of?) everyone's eyes. Okay. The main thing that continues to make this at all engaging at this point is the sketch dark artwork by Paul Azaceta, colored by the remarkable Elizabeth Breitweiser, as has been the case for some time. A couple of side moments worth mentioning? An exorcism performed by the non-religious Kyle on once evil (you made the wrong choice, dude) Rowland’s three possessed kids. And our preacher in the end is happy to be in prison to save souls? And we see Kyle reading the Bible? A few interesting moments, I'll admit. I thought it was good, but not all that memorable, finally. It begins so promisingly, but hey, then you have to deliver with something surprising or memorable, dude!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    And so Outcast comes to a close. It was about as good as could be expected given Azaceta's limitations as an artist. There were too many pages in the final confrontation that were just flashes of light or shadow for me to give this a higher rating. I did like how Kirkman finished this off with a long epilogue, giving all of the characters an ending or new beginning. And so Outcast comes to a close. It was about as good as could be expected given Azaceta's limitations as an artist. There were too many pages in the final confrontation that were just flashes of light or shadow for me to give this a higher rating. I did like how Kirkman finished this off with a long epilogue, giving all of the characters an ending or new beginning.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bill Coffin

    At the time of this writing, this volume is not yet out, because issue #48, the series finale, had not published. But by the time we get to the end of #47, we just don’t care any more what happens to anyone in this story. It’s all become huge flashes of light and speeches and plot holes, and one just keeps thinking, can we just Merge and be done with it, already? Sheesh.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    Great ending to a solid series. Highly recommend it's similar in ways to walking Dead with the slow dialogue pace with sporadic action thrown in. Rather than a saga feel Kirkman seemed to have better direction with the plot in this one. Great ending to a solid series. Highly recommend it's similar in ways to walking Dead with the slow dialogue pace with sporadic action thrown in. Rather than a saga feel Kirkman seemed to have better direction with the plot in this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Devon Munn

    Pretty solid ending for this series I have invested time in since 2016. While it's not as exciting as I thought it would be it still was well written and had some pretty good moments. Like I did read the last 2 issues back to back lol Pretty solid ending for this series I have invested time in since 2016. While it's not as exciting as I thought it would be it still was well written and had some pretty good moments. Like I did read the last 2 issues back to back lol

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    This has been a quietly enthralling series. It moves at a slow pace and includes many elements that are difficult to fully grasp - the great merge, the beings possessing so many individuals in town. The series was sustained by an eerie atmosphere (Azaceta draws some of the creepiest smiles I’ve ever seen), but breaking up the slow burn in the last two books was a series of exciting showdowns between the outcasts and the possessed. This was a satisfying conclusion to the series, and I’m glad Kirk This has been a quietly enthralling series. It moves at a slow pace and includes many elements that are difficult to fully grasp - the great merge, the beings possessing so many individuals in town. The series was sustained by an eerie atmosphere (Azaceta draws some of the creepiest smiles I’ve ever seen), but breaking up the slow burn in the last two books was a series of exciting showdowns between the outcasts and the possessed. This was a satisfying conclusion to the series, and I’m glad Kirkman decided to conclude it rather than let it drag on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    This is a review of all the issues in this volume except the last one (Image did not provide that one). Having missed out on Volume 7, this volume surprised me a little when it began but I caught up quite quickly. It's been a while since i read any of the previous work. This book brings the whole tale to a conclusion. It's quite good but i haven't really warmed much to the story, the artwork or the subject matter which is why it doesn't get a higher rating. All the principal characters are invol This is a review of all the issues in this volume except the last one (Image did not provide that one). Having missed out on Volume 7, this volume surprised me a little when it began but I caught up quite quickly. It's been a while since i read any of the previous work. This book brings the whole tale to a conclusion. It's quite good but i haven't really warmed much to the story, the artwork or the subject matter which is why it doesn't get a higher rating. All the principal characters are involved and it moves along quite well. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review..

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terry Mcginnis

    Great conclusion to the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chiara ❀

    Great cliffhanger on issue #47! Looking forward to reading the final issue next month. I'll write a proper review of the whole comic once the final chapter is released. Great cliffhanger on issue #47! Looking forward to reading the final issue next month. I'll write a proper review of the whole comic once the final chapter is released.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fila Trece (Liantener)

    Sentimientos encontrados. La historia terminó estupendamente bien, pero se tardó siglos en llegar al final. Los últimos 4 números se siente que no pasa absolutamente nada. Los leí por separado, y por eso sufrí. Quienquiera que los lea en este formato en donde están todos juntos seguro que no tendrá el mismo problema, y podrá disfrutarlo más. El único otro problema que tengo es con el arte de Azaceta. Si bien es muy adecuado para hacer tétricas las partes de horror, es terrible para identificar a Sentimientos encontrados. La historia terminó estupendamente bien, pero se tardó siglos en llegar al final. Los últimos 4 números se siente que no pasa absolutamente nada. Los leí por separado, y por eso sufrí. Quienquiera que los lea en este formato en donde están todos juntos seguro que no tendrá el mismo problema, y podrá disfrutarlo más. El único otro problema que tengo es con el arte de Azaceta. Si bien es muy adecuado para hacer tétricas las partes de horror, es terrible para identificar a los personajes. Todos los personajes caucásicos con bigote lucen iguales, y todas las señoras caucásicas con cabello largo. Al hacer un recuento de los daños al final, hubo muchos personajes que no recordé ni identifiqué quienes eran. A pesar de todo, me gustó las historia y el final.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Absolutely pitiful. Garbage trash. Horribly written and weakly executed. A total letdown and some of the worst rush job artwork I've ever seen. I know the pandemic crushed this book but seriously? So fucking lame it hurt. Hard to get through. Kirkman had the audacity to say this book is straight horror and that some of the panels still haunt his thoughts, give me a break. After Walking Dead shitting the bed and this garbage I don't know if I could stomach any more Kirkman. Lost a fan for sure on Absolutely pitiful. Garbage trash. Horribly written and weakly executed. A total letdown and some of the worst rush job artwork I've ever seen. I know the pandemic crushed this book but seriously? So fucking lame it hurt. Hard to get through. Kirkman had the audacity to say this book is straight horror and that some of the panels still haunt his thoughts, give me a break. After Walking Dead shitting the bed and this garbage I don't know if I could stomach any more Kirkman. Lost a fan for sure on this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I'm glad this series is over. The art was never to my taste and the story, sadly, never really found its ground. I find this shocking because I usually find Kirkman to be an exciting story-teller, but there were quite a few instances of boredom and I honestly didn't give even half a shit about the characters, not that it was always apparent which character was which thanks to the weak pencils and overdone inking. This isn't the worst series I've ever read, but it's also not one that I'll ever re I'm glad this series is over. The art was never to my taste and the story, sadly, never really found its ground. I find this shocking because I usually find Kirkman to be an exciting story-teller, but there were quite a few instances of boredom and I honestly didn't give even half a shit about the characters, not that it was always apparent which character was which thanks to the weak pencils and overdone inking. This isn't the worst series I've ever read, but it's also not one that I'll ever read again and I tend to reread everything, so that should really say it all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kunal

    I've been following the whole series as TPBs, so pardon my forgetting where each volume ended. But when I picked this one up and started reading it, it already felt like things were coming to end. only I wish it was more with a bang ( yes i know it happened) than the slow fizzle this felt like. Don't get me wrong, i still enjoyed the series as well as its last volume. Just that I did not expect the final battle to come to an end within a matter of few pages. I've been following the whole series as TPBs, so pardon my forgetting where each volume ended. But when I picked this one up and started reading it, it already felt like things were coming to end. only I wish it was more with a bang ( yes i know it happened) than the slow fizzle this felt like. Don't get me wrong, i still enjoyed the series as well as its last volume. Just that I did not expect the final battle to come to an end within a matter of few pages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirtan

    It ends with a picnic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Azaceta’s art was awesome throughout. Ending was more… happy… then I expected. I dug this series. More than Latter Walking Dead and Invincible for certain. For me Kirkman works best under 70 issues.

  17. 5 out of 5

    samet

    geeking with Berfin dostumm #8 mehh 3.5/5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deborahanndilley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nick Belhomme

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diego Simone

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Muska

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  24. 5 out of 5

    K

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wesley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 4 out of 5

    Remy's Dad

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Stewart

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tim Walton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kulpa

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