Oblivion Song #4 review
By Marcus Freeman
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“A Day in the Life”
What You Need to Know
The latest issue of Oblivion Song slows down the pace considerably to shed light on the characters that make both worlds tick. On Oblivion, we learn that the survivors have developed a primitive society with multiple factions. It seems not all the factions get along and are outright hostile to each other. Some survivors even claim to have seen something else lurking in Oblivion besides the exotic wildlife. On Earth, Nathan and his team regroup and deal with unresolved emotional and mental trauma.
What Just Happened
In this issue the spotlight gets placed on the survivors of Oblivion. Particularly a group of people led by “Ed” who may or not be Nathan’s long lost, presumed dead brother. These survivors come into conflict with the “man with the gun”, who held that gun to Nathan last issue. The group takes the teleportation needle that the man took from Nathan. The man’s name is Keith and he seems to be ostracized from the rest of the group due to their belief that he killed his family. Keith denies that he murdered his family and blames it on creatures that live in Oblivion. Who are “The Faceless Ones” and will they show themselves soon?
Back on Earth, Nathan tends to his wounds, while Bridget continues to cope with the symptoms of PTSD that Duncan continues to exhibit. The ten-year anniversary of “The Transference” is approaching and the team appears to be on edge. Nathan even suggests a support group for Duncan.
Nathan once again, despite the apprehension of his team, journeys back to Oblivion. This time, a trap is waiting for him. This trap however, may lead Nathan to the person he’s been looking for all along. The survivors have heard of Nathan as well and they may be able to lead straight to his brother.
This issue seems to be the calm before the storm. The players in this game that Robert Kirkman has created are getting closer to each other and the tension seems to be growing. This issue creates mysteries that lead to questions that I want answers to as well. Who or what are the “Faceless Ones”? How did Ed become leader of the survivors? Why do the survivors want to attack Nathan? These questions mean that Kirkman has created a compelling narrative even if this issue was more about slowing down the tempo to expand upon the world already built.
Felici’s art continues to be strong and this issue he gets to create new environments to illustrate new terrain in Oblivion. Ed’s group seems to reside in a jungle like area high in tree-like structures. This environment also allows Felici to create new horrifying looking creatures, including ape/mole hybrids, and a large animal built like a bull with a face that looks like a sarlacc pit. I can’t wait to see what ideas Kirkman and Felici put on paper next issue.