Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
What You Need to Know:
Issue 12 of Oblivion Song is a fresh start and new chapter for the book and its characters. This issue contains a significant time jump where we find familiar characters in new situations. The world has moved on from the Transference and Oblivion. The question is, has Oblivion moved on from the world?
What Just Happened:
The issue begins with a 3-year time jump. Marco, who was introduced in Issue #12 on Oblivion with a team of explorers. The team seems to be collecting samples from Oblivion to bring back to Earth. Director Ward is involved in this project in some way as well. They all work for or with the Bridget & Duncan Freeman Foundation. Bridget and Duncan received funding from the public and private sector to research samples from Oblivion, and they have been able to turn that research into vaccines to treat multiple diseases. Bridget and Duncan are co-founders of the foundation but are no longer together and have moved on with different significant others.
Nathan has been incarcerated for 3 years and is brought in to the Warden’s office of the prison to meet with Director Ward to his surprise. Director Ward informs Nathan that there is evidence that the energy source that caused the Transference, did not fully come from Nathan’s machine and that it may have come from Oblivion. Nathan is then released from prison, where he then reunites with Heather who also completed a year in prison due to aiding Nathan.
Back on Oblivion, a group of survivors is gathering supplies, when they hear someone screaming for help. The survivors rush to aid the person in danger. What they find looks to become the next great mystery of this book.
A time jump can be a breath of fresh air for a story struggling to maintain interest. Oblivion Song, however, has been a fast-paced and exciting book for 12 issues. That being said, the 3-year time jump that occurs in this issue has created many new exciting possibilities. The character of Marco remains intriguing and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action. I’m also excited about a possible team up with Nathan. I hope we are able to get a flashback to see what led to the development of the Bridget & Duncan Freeman Foundation. When we last saw both of them, their relationship had ended and they were going in separate directions in life. What brought them back together?
Director Ward revealing to Nathan that he may not have been responsible for the Transference was a quick resolution to his predicament, but it makes sense when that conversation also reveals that forces from Oblivion may have been the ones responsible. The threats living in Oblivion are more than just ravenous beats. I was amused by the fact that the survivors of Oblivion were able to tame some of the creatures on Oblivion and use them as mules to carry their supplies. I was more amused by the fact that the creatures they use look like clam camels. Lorenzo De Felici never ceases to amaze me with his creature designs. The final page reveal makes me feel that Robert Kirkman is about to take us on a wild ride in this next arc.