Outcast, Vol. 2: A Vast And Unending Ruin (Outcast #2) by Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta (Illustrator), Elizabeth Breitweiser (colorist)
Kyle's entire life has been plagued by demons. It has cost him his family and almost his sanity. When he finally meet the reverend, Kyle learns for the first time that he may be able to fight back. The reverend has been at this work for years, counting on his faith in God to see him true. Even as Kyle and the reverend attempt to come up with a plan of action, the devil clearly has ideas of his own.
If I had only one word to describe this volume it would be SLOW. Oh my goodness, does Kirkman ever know how to drag out a plot. It begins with Megan, Kyle's sister taking a trip into town to meet Kyle's ex wife Allison. Megan and Allison meet in a coffee shop and after some small talk get to the heart of the matter, despite what Allison has been through, a part of her still misses Kyle. Allison knows that Megan is the one who keeps giving Kyle cell phones which he uses to call her but she finds these silent calls comforting. Megan believes that Kyle not only beat her but their child and yet she is comforted that she is being stalked?
Women recovering from being in an abusive relationship have very conflicted feelings. It makes sense to me that Allison would miss the good times that she shared with Kyle; however, having her find comfort in being stalked is beyond problematic. This is a man she believes put her in the hospital and nearly killed their child. It's one thing to reminisce about good times and another to find comfort in what should be understood as predatory stalking.
Allison later finds an upset Kyle hiding in her bushes. She doesn't call the police, she doesn't scream, and instead, she invites him to wait while she puts their daughter to bed. They talk about the fact that Allison believes that not only did Kyle ruin their marriage but that he gave her no warning that he had this kind of dark side. For his part, a crying Kyle protests that he is trying to get to the bottom of what happened. The two then kiss before Allison excuses herself to call Megan to take Kyle away. It takes Amber (Kyle and Allison's daughter) sneaking onto the porch to see her father for Allison to finally flip out. Funny how Allison wasn't concerned with Kyle creepily staring at Amber from the bushes but Amber actually seeing her father is enough to set Allison off. A small tug of war ensues over the child and Amber reveals that it was Allison who attacked and not in fact her father.
The only one who leaves the exchange feeling better is Kyle. He absolutely takes responsibility for what happened though he didn't in fact beat his wife and child. Still something about hugging Amber calmed his anxieties and he promises Megan not to go near his wife and child again until he has a solution. Still, though we know that Kyle is innocent this dynamic does not read well at all.