On a frozen world far away from our own, Outpost Zero stands. In it lives families, workers, explorers, and scientists who have been living on the planet for generations. There is Steven, who is the son of an engineer, Alea, the daughter of explorers, and Sam, the adopted son of the outpost's chief. Steven has begun interning with his father, Alea's parents leave for an expedition, and Sam is continually bullied by others for the tragedy that befell his birth parents.
Outpost Zero #1 builds the world going forward. We meet the characters, learn of the setting, and we see how these elements interact.
It's a compelling premise for sure; the idea of a colony of humans living on a far-off hazardous planet makes for a good sci-fi book. It focuses on the teenage children and their interactions, and that may be the best way to approach such a scenario. You see how the transition between roles and generations happen in this alien setting.
The main characters are likable, with Alea being the dreamer, Steven the pragmatist, and Sam the tortured and quiet one. Mitchell is the bully to Sam, and that leaves Mitchell to be the weakest link in the young cast. He's ridiculously cruel and with little provocation.
The pacing is slower, as the book has a lot to set up. That said, I was never left bored or losing interest, for the characters and story are just that solid.
Jean-Francois Beaulieu and Alexandre Tefenkgi are the artists, and the world they craft looks great. The suits look cool, the outpost has a neat design, and the frigid world outside it all is imposing yet beautiful. There is a storm that stirs up in the latter section that looks incredible. The color art is great too, giving the world a vivid life and atmosphere.
Outpost Zero #1 is a great introduction to this world and its characters. The premise is solid, the characters are interesting, and the art is excellent. Plenty of intriguing plot threads are set up, but the first installment still has a lot of story to tell on its own. This one earns a strong recommendation. Check it out when it reaches stores on July 11th.