This is the continuation of IDW’s Infestation crossover, which served as a means to help propel IDW’s homegrown properties into the spotlight more and allow for them to come together into a shared universe. Infestation: Outbreak is the result of that as it brings the CVO team into contact with the characters from Groom Lake.
Unlike alot of comics in a similar situation, that start up at some point after the crossover and we’re left to fill in the pieces ourselves, I:O picks up essentially right after the crossover and lays out the rebuilding process for us. We see Overmars trying to replace Cross and Britt and Bools in charge. Which is a disaster. We don’t come across Cross in the relative future where he’s gotten control of his powers. No, we see him still fresh and unknowing about his powers.
This first issue is mostly set-up, setting up the next stage of the infestation, as well as the next road that CVO must travel down. This issue mostly says who, bringing us up to speed on the old CVO and new members. It gives some hints of the what and where, but leaves that for the next issues.
It’s a good way to start off the series. Even if you’re new to CVO, thanks to the script the characters are pretty accessible. Even with all the changes that came about in the Infestation crossover, everything you need to know is here. And it’s done in a way that feels natural to the story, the backstory being infilled through conversation. We even come to understand the depths of the connection between the old CVO operatives; Cross, Britt and Bools; through conversation. If you hadn’t read a single story about them before, you’d be able to grasp how tight the bond and trust was.
Bools is an asshole. He’s such a fun character.
There’s still plenty of mysteries to be discovered. The introduction of the new threat comes across as a bit forced, as Cross encounters an aspect randomly well the team at the Coffin encounter their own aspect. That it comes at the same time is what feels forced. Not as smooth as it could have been with the Cross part being better.
Messina’s art is great. He’s easily becoming one of my favorites. He’s got a nice style that works well for this style of story and the characters. He’s got a great grasp of storytelling, keeping within bordered panels but using different sizes and locations with black space for great effect.
Infestation: Outbreak #1 receives
4 out of 5
A nice way to follow-up the Infestation crossover, bringing together some of IDW’s homegrowns.