John Anderson

Reverend AndersonOther Comic-Con news, as the first full trailer for Outcast has been released! We didn’t see many new faces, since it’s mainly focused on the protagonist, but someone appeared nevertheless. The second main character can be glimpsed more then seen, for example, but he’s there: the guy with eyeglasses being punched away by the little kid is Reverend Anderson, portrayed by Philip Glenister, and he’ll be one of the protagonists of the show. He’s a priest, and he believes to be a soldier in the war between Heaven and Hell…and the rest will be revealed as soon as the first episode is aired. In the meanwhile, let’s see together what his story is in the comics!

Not much is known about Reverend Anderson’s early life, actually not even his first name. He was married for some time, and he had a son from the relationship, Matthew, but things went badly between him and his family, and eventually his wife left him along with Matthew. Anderson lived in RomeWest Virginia, and as a young man he felt the “calling”, and decided to become a pastor. During his studies, he arrived to the conclusion that the war between Heaven and Hell was taking place already, and wasn’t something “postponed” to the Judgment Day: he elected himself to be God‘s soldier, and specialised in serving his community through exorcisms. This kind of service proved to be more requested than expected, and Anderson became quite an expert with it, with so many parishioners needing him. The most difficult case of his youth was reverendandersoncomics1certainly the one of Sarah Barnes, a young mother who had become violent with her only child, Kyle, and who had suffered other major personality (and physical) changes. Recognising in the symptoms signs of a possible demonic possession, Anderson visited the house of his lost sheep, and had confirmation that the illness that had befallen Sarah wasn’t of worldy origins: the exorcism that followed was pretty violent, and the demon within the woman’s body fought fiercely to mantain his power over her. Unexpectedly, when things were becoming desperate, Anderson was helped by Kyle, who was just a kid at the time: together, they managed to free Sarah Barnes from the demon possessing her, but as a result the woman fell into an irreversible coma. Reverend Anderson got interested in Kyle, and followed him during his growth: the kid was adopted and grew up in Rome, but eventually he decided to leave his hometown, ignoring Anderson’s pleads to further study and develop his natural talents in casting out demons. Anderson, however, knew that God was helping him in his crusade, and knew also that if Kyle Barnes was part of His great plan, he would have met him again sooner or later…and what followed proved him right.

Reverend Anderson spent the following fifteen years taking care of his community, and the cases of exorcism dropped significantly after Kyle’s departure, even if there were many nevertheless. He also started indulging in a number of small vices, like gambling and drinking, but he saw no contradiction in this, since he believed God had more importants matters to care about. Things went on pretty much the same until the day Anderson was called for what appeared to be another possession: the Austin family was worried about their boy, Joshua, who had started hurting himself and speaking with strange voices. The pastor rushed to their house, and on his way there he met Kyle Barnes, who had just come back to town, and was hanging around with his step-sister, reverendandersoncomics2Megan Holt. Anderson recognised the Will of God in Kyle’s return in such a time, and somehow convinced the reluctant man to follow him to the Austins’ place. Once there, Anderson realised the boy was indeed possessed, and that “his” demon was even more powerful than the one who had possessed Sarah Barnes years before. Even this time, Kyle managed to cast the demon out, much to Anderson’s surprise. In order to show the man what kind of good he could do to people if he embraced and used his gift, the reverend decided to bring him to Mildred, an old woman whom he had exorcised years before. Something, however, didn’t go as planned: the woman reacted badly to Kyle’s touch, as if it burned her, and Anderson was forced to bring his friend out of her house to calm Mildred. After a failed exorcism in prison, Kyle had an intuition, and asked Anderson to bring him back to Mildred’s place: in here, they realised the woman was still possessed, and that Kyle’s touch hurt the demons, making him a natural possession-detector. Trying with other people “exorcised” by Anderson in the years before, Kyle found out they were all still possessed, everyone but young Joshua: on a side, Anderson was happy Kyle had finally answered his calling, on the other, he had just realised that his holy battle of the latest fifteen years had led to nothing, and that he had to start it all from the beginning…

Reverend Anderson is a man with a mission: he considers himself the Sword of God, tasked with fighting on Earth the everlasting battle between good and evil, putting himself and his abilities at the service of Heaven. Anderson is an experienced exorcist, with tens of solved cases behind him (apparently, he became interested in exorcisms after he himself was possessed once, but this has yet to be fully explored). Recent events concerning Kyle Barnes revealed to him that he actually never managed to cast out a single demon, thus shattering his self-esteem and his belief in being a fundumental asset in Heaven’s army. Despite this, he is still bent on fulfilling his mission, now driven by the will to mend his past failures.

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  1. […] about Sarah Barnes’ life, albeit some facts seem to suggest that she was involved in what Reverend Anderson called the “war between good and evil”, the conflict between Heaven and Hell fought […]

  2. […] than psychological or nervous disorders, and resolved to ask for the help of the local pastor, Reverend Anderson, an expert exorcist. Anderson met the boy in his room, where he had been locked by his family: it […]

  3. […] his mother’s change, but there was someone who apparently knew what was happening: it was Reverend Anderson, the local pastor, who believed Sarah was possessed by demons. Anderson tried to perform an […]

  4. […] Surrounds Him, and we close with the one that will most likely be the less relevant. When we see Anderson playing poker with some friends (and winning), among them there’s Ogden, portrayed by Pete […]

  5. […] another character from Outcast: in A Darkness Surrounds Him, we only see him playing poker with Reverend Anderson, and later showing up to the Austins‘ house, proving himself surprisingly keen on accepting […]

  6. […] be madness: she however seems to understand what’s really going on, as she immediately calls Reverend Anderson for help. In the comics her role is pretty much the same, and she doesn’t have much of a […]

  7. […] show follows the comics’ main story. In (I Remember) When She Loved Me, the reinvigorated Reverend Anderson astonishes his assembly with an inspired sermon, and the only one who seems to apreciate also the […]

  8. […] it. In (I Remember) When She Loved Me, we see a strange man dressed in black attending one of Reverend Anderson‘s functions, and we meet him again at the end of the episode, while visiting Sarah […]

  9. […] much time has passed when we see him again, this time in prison, where he’s confronted by Reverend Anderson and Kyle Barnes, who try to exorcise him, failing for the first time. All the time, Blake keeps […]

  10. […] Luke Masters, portrayed by JR Bourne, a man who, despite being mostly an atheist, calls Reverend Anderson for help when he’s unable to understand what has happened to his best friend and […]

  11. […] stress from time to time, and he did it playing poker with his friends (namely chief fireman Ogden, Reverend Anderson and Mayor Arnold); Rose gladly allowed her husband to enjoy his friends’ company, but she […]

  12. […] after a brief hiatus, and the new episode introduced three new characters. In The Road Before Us, Reverend Anderson is trying to prove to Kyle Barnes that his previous exorcisms were in fact effective, and he […]

  13. […] in Outcast this week is one of the villains (well, sort of). In The Road Before Us, with Reverend Anderson desperately trying to prove to Kyle that his previous exorcisms were succesful, we meet another […]

  14. […] stay so for long: Sherry, portrayed by Vanessa Marano. In The Road Before Us, when Reverend Anderson learns from Roy that his daughter, the girl he had previously exorcised, Sherry, has gone […]

  15. […] secondary character: Arnold, portrayed by Toby Huss. Arnold is the last poker player among Reverend John Anderson‘s friends, and is also the city’s mayor: he’s the one who leaves the stage to […]

  16. […] behavior became increasingly stranger and more violent, Betsy sought the help of local preacher, Reverend Anderson, who confirmed the boy was possessed…but couldn’t do anything for him. Luckily enough, […]

  17. […] Lee. In the show, Dakota appears in episode 3, Not My Job to Judge, when Kyle Barnes and Reverend Anderson come back to the Austins’ house to ask for informations about Sidney: here, they only find […]


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