Outpost Zero, Vol. 1

Outpost Zero, Vol. 1

Welcome to Outpost Zero: the smallest town in the universe. The people there work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed... but the Outpost is no place for dreams. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood under the artificial sky of a faulty biome, on a frozen world never meant to support human l...

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Title:Outpost Zero, Vol. 1
Author:Sean McKeever
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Edition Language:English

Outpost Zero, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Valéria.

    I finally found myself time to write few sentences to this. I was pleasantly surprised when I read first issue. This story is pretty interesting from the beginning to the end. All characters are very likable, some pretty compelling. But it is not just them what made me to love this and continue with reading issue by issue. It's storytelling. Narration is excellent, art is amazing, coloring by Jean-Francois Beaulieu is beautiful. Plot progression is really slowly but not boring. Can't wait to see

    I finally found myself time to write few sentences to this. I was pleasantly surprised when I read first issue. This story is pretty interesting from the beginning to the end. All characters are very likable, some pretty compelling. But it is not just them what made me to love this and continue with reading issue by issue. It's storytelling. Narration is excellent, art is amazing, coloring by Jean-Francois Beaulieu is beautiful. Plot progression is really slowly but not boring. Can't wait to see what will happen next. For me it was pleasant, absorbing and full-of-emotions story.

  • Ruthsic

    Outpost Zero is a mystery set in a science fiction novel - that is the simplest way to describe it. It tells of a small colony of humans residing in a biome on an icy planet, and their way of life is sustained by maintaining it close to Earth conditions (so don't go expecting a futuristic city here), and pretending to ignore what is outside. However, they have a Discovery Team, whose job is to explore the region outside the biome, and Alea's parents are on it. She hers

    Outpost Zero is a mystery set in a science fiction novel - that is the simplest way to describe it. It tells of a small colony of humans residing in a biome on an icy planet, and their way of life is sustained by maintaining it close to Earth conditions (so don't go expecting a futuristic city here), and pretending to ignore what is outside. However, they have a Discovery Team, whose job is to explore the region outside the biome, and Alea's parents are on it. She herself wants to join it, and hopes to go forth into uncharted territory, quite opposite in dreams to her best friend, who belongs to the faction of people who think that opening the airlock is a security risk. That is an ideological issue for the colony's residents, as they figure out how to survive during a Cell (a storm-like thing that dumped tonnes of ice on their biome, essentially trapping them) and how best to calm its citizens. The mystery arrives somewhere halfway, as a breach challenges Alea to find out the truth, as well as hints about the origin of the colony strewn about through another character POV. The artwork is pretty good, full color and rendered quite well, but these is a problem with the progression of scenes. Additionally, it is very confusing in its setting and doesn't lend itself to explaining much, expecting the reader to fill the gaps as it goes, which along with the fact that it is a mystery, makes for a distracting reading experience. On the whole, an interesting start, but I would like it better if the storytelling is improved.

  • Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

    This comic takes place on a generation ship turned colony. Alea is the 14 year old protagonist. A friend of hers appears to have committed suicide. The colony has many difficulties. It has a small town feel with a loose government that is pretty much organized like a company with different groups controlling different aspects. The inter-team conflicts lend to some fun politics.

    This comic doesn't re

    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

    This comic takes place on a generation ship turned colony. Alea is the 14 year old protagonist. A friend of hers appears to have committed suicide. The colony has many difficulties. It has a small town feel with a loose government that is pretty much organized like a company with different groups controlling different aspects. The inter-team conflicts lend to some fun politics.

    This comic doesn't really push the envelope. There's some questionable dialogue about adoptive parents. I wish this comic had more diversity and representation.

    This is a small town teen drama, but on a colony in space. Unfortunately there isn't much resolution by the end of the first volume, so I will be looking out for volume two. I give this book a 3.5/5.

  • Shannon

    I would've rated this higher but I found myself flipping back wondering what I missed, why the guy went in the airlock, what the secret behind the other guy being disliked was, why they waited so long to deal with the ice ... just lots of questions and no answers, which is annoying since this is a full volume.

    It doesn't just end with a cliffhanger, every issue is confusing. Or maybe I'm dense? Totally possible.

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  • Theediscerning

    There's a great book in here trying to get out – it's just there's a lot of other stuff in the way, preventing it. In some future time, an intergalactic ark full of human life has crash-landed on a horrendously cold, stormy planet, and the survivors must stay maintaining their position in their biome habitat, complete with fake sunny sky, endless food supply and warmth. But the position is ever tenuous – and, if the blurb is to be believed – although it's not even in the book – something is out

    There's a great book in here trying to get out – it's just there's a lot of other stuff in the way, preventing it. In some future time, an intergalactic ark full of human life has crash-landed on a horrendously cold, stormy planet, and the survivors must stay maintaining their position in their biome habitat, complete with fake sunny sky, endless food supply and warmth. But the position is ever tenuous – and, if the blurb is to be believed – although it's not even in the book – something is out in the ice looking in. Oh, and a great secret or something may have also been brought with the ship, much to the ignorance of many on board. So, that's a wonderful scenario, but what we mostly get is Eminently Forgettable Teen yacking to Eminently Forgettable Teen, and even when the Highly Dramatic turns up, it's still just "The Dome" as rewritten by a third-rate John Hughes. There's so much potential here, so this definitely is a title worth revisiting with future volumes. It's just I really wish the creators had gone with a very different approach – or made even one of their leads likeable.

  • Manon

    This is usually the part where I write a small summary of the book. But I don't know how right now...

    I guess the plot felt a bit messy to me and it took me a long time to grasp how the world worked and honestly I'm still not sure I got it. To me, that meant that I had trouble getting into the story.

    Sure, the characters were pretty interesting but since I didn't really get their world, I had trouble getting them

    This is usually the part where I write a small summary of the book. But I don't know how right now...

    I guess the plot felt a bit messy to me and it took me a long time to grasp how the world worked and honestly I'm still not sure I got it. To me, that meant that I had trouble getting into the story.

    Sure, the characters were pretty interesting but since I didn't really get their world, I had trouble getting them. I also didn't love the main character, Alea, and was much more interested by her friend, Lyss, and Sam.

    I really liked the art though and the plot was interesting once I got into the story.

    I'll probably check out the second volume.

  • Arden Belrose

    3.5/5 stars

    This story was okay. I liked the elements of danger and mystery. The characters were diverse and dynamic. You've got Asians, Africans, Caucasians and adoptive kids. Questions of humanity are peppered throughout and gives food for thought. I was saddened by one aspect in this story, which I can't tell for spoiler reasons.

    The illustration style is like that of sketches with lightly fuzzy edges, less polished. I got confused once determining who was Steven and who was Sam. Sam's darker

    3.5/5 stars

    This story was okay. I liked the elements of danger and mystery. The characters were diverse and dynamic. You've got Asians, Africans, Caucasians and adoptive kids. Questions of humanity are peppered throughout and gives food for thought. I was saddened by one aspect in this story, which I can't tell for spoiler reasons.

    The illustration style is like that of sketches with lightly fuzzy edges, less polished. I got confused once determining who was Steven and who was Sam. Sam's darker skinned so it wasn't clear in one frame where Sam was sitting in an unlit room and his skin tone looked the same as others.

    I think the key strength of this story is its ongoing mystery. I really want to know the truth and you won't get any answers in this volume.

  • GrilledCheeseSamurai

    A young adult, sci-fi mystery that takes place on another planet, which, at times, feels almost like a slice of life...but isn't.

    I don't know. I liked it though. So that's something.

    *read in singles*

  • Diane Hernandez

    If you are a young adult and are not adopted, you may enjoy Outpost Zero Vol 1, a space opera set in the far future.

    Sometime in the future, Denis and his wife, Jann, are on the Discovery Team, who look for life on their alien planet. Their 14-year-old daughter, Alea, wants desperately to join them so she secures a spot as an intern for the Team. Alea’s boyfriend, Steven, believes the Discovery Team is too dangerous but Alea isn’t swayed.

    The family lives in the Outpost, a artificially created bio

    If you are a young adult and are not adopted, you may enjoy Outpost Zero Vol 1, a space opera set in the far future.

    Sometime in the future, Denis and his wife, Jann, are on the Discovery Team, who look for life on their alien planet. Their 14-year-old daughter, Alea, wants desperately to join them so she secures a spot as an intern for the Team. Alea’s boyfriend, Steven, believes the Discovery Team is too dangerous but Alea isn’t swayed.

    The family lives in the Outpost, a artificially created biome that allows humans to live in a large domed city on an alien planet. When Denis and Jann are outside the biome, they see a fast approaching weather cell that may spell doom for the biome and the humans that live inside.

    Outpost Zero Vol 1 has a good plot for young adult readers. There is a mystery but I don’t want to give any spoilers. The artwork is fine. The color palette of dusty blues and greens fits the mood inside a biome. However, I disliked this quote by Alea regarding the head of the biome who took in her son after his parents were killed, “What I mean is, do you think the Chief would do anything for Sam? Even though he isn’t really hers?” Jann’s response is even more insensitive to adoptive families, “Well, I think—she cares about Sam, wants him to succeed. Loves him like her own son. But when a child’s yours from the start—when they come from you...there’s a bond you can’t get any other way. It’s just the way it is.” This discussion wasn’t necessary to the plot and will hurt people’s feelings. I can’t recommend this book. 2 stars.

    Thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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