Oblivion Song #11 Comic Review
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“Picking Up The Pieces”
What You Need to Know
Philadelphia is reeling from another trip to Oblivion. People are running for their lives, as survivors from the last transference band together to defend themselves from the creatures of Oblivion. Nathan still can’t believe or understand why his brother Ed would want all people to experience Oblivion, and he may have to cut his brother off completely in order to rescue the people of Philadelphia.
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Heather punching Director Ward in the face and informs him that she and Nathan will turn themselves in after they figure out how to resolve the second transference. Heather also demands a gun to be able to save people who have been trapped on Oblivion.
Elsewhere, Nathan continues to work on rebuilding the transference machine to reverse the effects of his brother, Ed turning it on. Police officers patrol the streets looking for survivors and defending them from the creatures of Oblivion. Duncan is able to get Bridget to safety and continues to guide people to safety. One police officer is snatched in the jaws of a creature but is freed by a fellow police officer. A man who seems to have experience in Oblivion named Marco Delacruz informs the officers that the creatures’ teeth are not strong enough to break human skin, but their jaws are powerful enough to crush humans if they are given time. Marco also tells the officers to aim for the legs of the creatures to send them into hiding.
Nathan and Ed continue to debate whether people are better of on Oblivion than Earth when they are interrupted by a pack of creatures. The creatures give chase to Nathan and Ed and Ed leads the creatures to a larger creature he calls an “ogre”. The ogre rips the creatures apart. Ed uses this to plead with Nathan that he is better off in Oblivion and other people would be to. Nathan realizes that he underestimated how Ed’s time in Oblivion has affected him but knows that Ed can’t decide for people to be transported to a foreign planet with hostile creatures. Nathan decides to use a teleportation dart to send Ed back to Oblivion.
This is the first issue of Oblivion Song where I felt the issue was just spinning its wheels. A lot happens in this issue but nothing that truly advances the story forward. What I did enjoy was that some of the supporting characters in this book got some time to shine and show some personality. Heather showed that she is not a pushover and is willing to put her life on the line to make things right. Heather also gave Director Ward what has been coming to him since we were introduced to him. Duncan stops sleepwalking and jumps into action to save Bridget and other people trapped on Oblivion. It was like his survival instinct kicked in after returning to a familiar hostile environment. A new character we are introduced to is Marco Delacruz, and he seems to be a source to provide tips on to survive against the creatures of Oblivion.
Ed has finally gotten on my last nerves. I don’t understand how one man can think he can decide for a number of people that they need to live in the hostile environment of Oblivion. I understand the fact that Ed felt lost in life before the original transference, but he has no idea how many lives were lost and will be potentially lost due to his actions. Nathan recognizes this and I believe he made the right decision by sending Ed back to his home in Oblivion. Now Nathan can focus on sending everyone else back to Philadelphia.
The art continues to be very good thanks to Lorenzo De Felici. The creatures of Oblivion continue to look bizarre and threatening. However, I am starting to feel like I’ve seen some of these monster designs before, yet Robert Kirkman is bragging about all the different creature designs in this issue. Maybe it is subtle differences. I have also noticed that sometimes De Felici’s faces are hard to make out and makes it sometimes difficult to determine who is who outside of Nathan. I even mixed up Nathan and Ed a few times. Overall this book continues to be a consistently good read but I would like the pace to pick up a little bit more.