Oblivion Song #2 Comic Review
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooten
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What You Need to Know
Robert Kirkman continues his new creator-owned venture into Oblivion Song #2. This issue continues to build the world of Oblivion and provides more detail to how both Oblivion and Earth were affected by the incident that left people stranded in an environment with revolting creatures. Some characters are adjusting to new surroundings while others are adjusting to having their loved ones back in their lives. Our hero Nathan learns some new information that reinvigorates his search for survivors in Oblivion.
The issues start with Nathan explaining to the recently rescued Crenshaw family the events of 10 years ago that led to the teleportation of people to the world of Oblivion. It is revealed that creatures from Oblivion were also transported to Earth and wreaked havoc in the major metropolitan area. This is explained to the Crenshaws while they are visiting some type of museum or memorial. This issue made me think that this is how the government and people in real life would react to an alien invasion or interdimensional rift of some sort. A memorial is even made in the book for the missing or presumed dead that reminded me of memorials that can be found in Washington D.C. today. I feel Kirkman accurately depicted how society would react to a disaster of this magnitude. Witnessing this, the Crenshaws reluctantly provide information to Nathan that pushes him even more to pursue his rescue efforts.
Meanwhile, Bridget is readjusting to life with her husband and also is trying to come to terms with how she coped with his disappearance. It’ll be interesting to see how what Bridget did while Duncan was gone will effect his seemingly troubled psyche. After a recruiting effort goes wrong, Nathan heads back into Oblivion looking for survivors. After a close call with a monster, Nathan is incidentally closer to completing his goal of rescuing survivors and finding his brother. The survivors, however, may not be interested in his help.
2 issues in and Kirkman still has me intrigued by this universe. Kirkman is adding just enough detail and context to answer questions I had about his world while leaving me with new questions. The reveals regarding the incident that led to people being transported to Oblivion were welcome, but I also would have liked to see more of the world of Oblivion. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get more answers next issue. De Felici continues to be effective with his grotesque sci-fi/horror style. His depiction of the memorial/museum was a standout to me in this issue.