Oblivion Song is new monthly series by the Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, and Italian artist Lorenzo de Felici. Published by Image comics in conjunction with Kirkman’s own Skybound Entertainment, Oblivion Song follows the story of Nathan Cole, a leader of a small group that searches for survivors out of over 300,00 lost in Oblivion, a strange city filled with creatures and strange growth after an event one decade ago known as the Transference. However, is the book worth your pull? Lets take a look.
Oblivion Song is a sort of science fiction mystery, different from the zombie fair that Kirkman is now more popularly known for. Ten decades ago, 300,000 citizens of the city of Philadelphia are lost in a strange event known as the Transference, a strange occurrence that appeared to have been caused by a breakdown in the dimensional barrier. Sent to what was dubbed Oblivion, a city of monsters and strange organic material that envelope all around it in a warped strange area, cordoned off from the rest of the world. It is well paced and doesn’t feel too slow or overloading, as well characters don’t outright feel like info dumps, coming off as natural and giving enough information as needed at the appropriate time.
Nathan Cole, our protagonist, is a sort of everyman character, leading the efforts to find those lost. He is tired and feels alone, at odds with Gov’t over funding and support. He feels it is in part his duty to find them, but tries to mask his true intention of finding his brother, also lost in the Transference. Supported by a small cast of characters, they all have a unique feel to them and a background that you can infer easily upon them and forms smaller conflicts such as Duncan, a survivor still haunted by his time in Oblivion whom helps Nathan with his efforts.
The art is solid and distinct, a dynamic art style that gives the book a unique look, it draws the eye. Deep bold line work is seen throughout, however faces can look rather odd or scrunched up to my opinion. Designs for creatures and the environment tend to be a strong suite to the book, with designs that range from close to, to far off in what they could be lending a creepy unnerving feel that comes with familiarity. Organic material covers the city and even creatures, making even what would be familiar alien, a hostile world that is not our own. The art work is paired with a varied color palette that accents the scenes (Annalisa Leoni), especially when in Oblivion. Character designs also help, giving background to some of them and how they behave rather well.
The book comes at a price tag of $3.99 and I think it earns it, coming in at 40 pages with not a single advertisement taking page time. The last 2-3 pages are dedicated to drafts of characters and creatures, which really is appreciated. Overall the book is exciting and I am definitely putting it on my pull. Issue #2 comes out April 11th and I look forward to the next book.