Oblivion Song #1 Review

Posted March 8, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Comic Books

Written By: Robert Kirkman

Art By: Lorenzo De Felici

Published By: Image Comics

Ten years ago, an event known as “The Transference” occurred, consuming the city of Philadelphia and 300,000 civilians in the process. The government did its best to rescue as many people as they could until eventually, they gave up and moved on. However, Nathan Cole refuses to give up, making daily trips into what is now known as Oblivion to rescue more survivors and recover what was lost.

While the comic does begin and end in Oblivion, its not the central focus of it’s first issue. Most of the narrative takes place outside of the city. Nathan is a man filled with guilt and regret. He’s trying to use what he’s learned over 10 long years in Oblivion to encourage others to fund the project and get more help in his recovery efforts. When he isn’t meeting with high ranking government officials, he acts out in other ways to remind those that hope remains for their loved ones too. Nathan is obsessed with Oblivion, and he doesn’t want anyone else to forget or give up and those struggles end up alienating him from everyone around.

One thing I appreciate greatly is that Nathan is basically Kirkman’s “Anti-Rick”. He isn’t seen as a hero in anyway by the people around him. Despite his heroic efforts of charting Oblivion and rescuing as many people as he can, everyone assumes he has his own selfish reasons for constantly going back. While it’s certainly made apparent that Nathan has his reasons for sticking with it, he clearly isn’t just doing what he does out of selfishness. It’s a narrative that works wonderfully as Nathan is surrounded by hostility on all sides whether he’s inside Oblivion or not.

The art in Oblivion Song hits more home runs than it misses. Lorenzo De Felici has whipped up some beautifully detailed environments, especially when Nathan is in Oblivion. Philadelphia has become over run with large cancerous tumors while demonic creatures roam the streets, and it really gives readers the feeling that Nathan is stepping into a whole different world. Where the art skips a beat though is in the facial features. Even though they’re almost always on point, there are a few instances where the features become muddled and look a tad more primate than they do human.

I absolutely loved it all, honestly. So much so, that I’m actually really bummed out I missed out on a chance to get one of the Collector’s Editions when I had the chance. What the first issue does best is that it sets up the world without bombarding the reader with too many questions. Nathan is a well-written character, and I look forward to seeing what his exploits have to uncover and what effects Oblivion has on the citizens who have remained there for the past ten years. If you’re looking for a new book to add to your collection, then I certainly wouldn’t miss the chance to add Oblivion Song to your lists.

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Kyle Simcox