In his first regular comics work since 2011’s Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt, former Sentinel and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane writer Sean Kelley McKeever is returning to comics to team with artist Alexandre Tefenkgi and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu for a new “teen-friendly” sci-series at Image Comics: Outpost Zero. Which begs the question: why would anyone who successfully escaped return to comics in 2018? Ah well, we’re sure he has his reasons. Image revealed the news in a press release Thursday.
“For my first comic book work in several years, I wanted to go somewhere extremely personal to me, but I wanted to explore the existential questions we all wrestle with at the same time,” said McKeever in the press release. “I’m thrilled that Skybound reached out to me to do just that, and that we took the time to find the right artist in Alexandre, who’s brought this strangely familiar world to life with the help of Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s lovely color work.”
“Since the beginning, I’ve always followed my heart when choosing the stories I’d draw,” said Tefenkgi. “To be able to feel involved, I need to be touched by the authenticity of the characters, by their personality, their aspirations and their contradictions. The first time I read OUTPOST ZERO, I knew it was a story I had to draw. The life of these humans in an alternative future simply captivated me. I’ve been lucky to be able to contribute to this comic with such a great team made of talented artists like Sean and Jean-François.”
Here’s what the book is all about:
In Outpost Zero, the people work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed—but the Outpost is no place for dreams or aspirations. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood on a frozen world never meant to support human life, something stirs. Something sees…
Look for Outpost Zero in stores June 11th. Final order cutoff is June 18th.