Oblivion Song #8 comic review
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“Making Things Right”
What You Need to Know
Nathan’s imprisonment did not last long, as he had some help in escaping so he can reverse the catastrophe that he helped create. Nathan knows he needs help to do this, as it means taking on the military and Director Ward, who want to weaponize the machine that caused the Transference. Nathan decides to put together a team to attempt a dangerous heist.
What Just Happened
Picking up where the last issue left off, Heather has provided Nathan with transportation darts to escape his imprisonment. Heather asks Nathan if she can join him in trying to steal his invention back to reverse the damage he has caused. Nathan does not allow Heather to come to keep her from also becoming a fugitive. Nathan teleports out of his cell and falls down a waterfall in Oblivion, landing in a river. Nathan barely has time to compose himself before he is attacked by a giant creature residing in the river. Nathan barely escapes with his life. Nathan then transports back to Earth, and as he does, he notices a being in a boat on the river.
Back on Earth, Duncan has been calling Bridget to talk to her about their relationship but is not getting a response. Nathan arrives at Duncan’s home asking for help, and Duncan allows him into the home to get cleaned up. Nathan asks Duncan to help him steal his machine back from Director Ward, but Duncan is apprehensive. Meanwhile, Ed catches up with a former lover named Lucy. Ed and Lucy meet at her home and Ed tells her he wants to take her to Oblivion to show her how beautiful it is. Nathan then arrives at the home asking his brother for help to steal his machine back from Director Ward. Ed agrees on the condition that Nathan takes him back to Oblivion and leaves him there.
This was another issue of Oblivion Song that breezed by. The issues started out with a bang with Nathan teleporting back to Oblivion and almost being eaten by a crazy looking creature. Lorenzo De Felici outdoes himself every month with his creature designs. It seems like this current arc will borrow some elements from a heist movie as Nathan is putting the team together to steal his machine from Director Ward. Hopefully, this doesn’t distract from the sci-fi concepts this book has delivered so far. It was interesting to see Ed finally catch a break this month and reconnect with someone that was actually happy to see him. Lucy isn’t given much in terms of character development and she seems to be in this issue just to advance the plot for Ed. I doubt she will be in future issues. While Ed was reconnecting with people, the same can’t be said for Duncan. Bridget is no longer responding to Duncan, which makes me question how Duncan can get by with his already fragile mental state. This leads me to a criticism that his building with each issue. The women characters in this book are not given much to do if anything at all. Heather seems to only be used to advance Nathan’s plot, and Bridget was not in this issue at all. Robert Kirkman has created some legendary women in his books, such as Michonne, so this is disappointing. I’m hoping he has plans for the women in this book in future issues.
Kirkman has created a pretty interesting conundrum for Nathan to deal with, however. His brother will help him with his mission, but Ed is ready to go back to Oblivion. Will Nathan willingly take Ed back there? How will Ed react if Nathan refuses? I’m excited to see how Kirkman will handle this new revelation. My last criticism is this book is starting to seriously lack a compelling antagonist. It seems like in the short-term it is supposed to be Director Ward, but all he does is sit at his desk and make snide comments. The “Faceless Ones” may be the true villains of this book, but we know nothing about them right now.
De Felici once again kills it with his art. The river environment on Oblivion was beautiful and included an amazing two-page spread that showed that while dangerous, Oblivion can be a wonderful sight. Leoni’s colors were also a highlight of this issue and particularly stood out when Nathan went back to Oblivion. Oblivion Song keeps moving along at a decent pace and continues to entertain, but certain issues in this book are beginning to slow the momentum.