Oblivion Song #3
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art/Cover Art by: Lorenzo De Felici
Colors by: Annalisa Leoni
Letters by: Rus Wooten
What You Need to Know:
The world of Oblivion expands some in the next chapter of Kirkman’s new epic. Nathan continues his travels into Oblivion to find survivors and hopefully, his brother. Nathan meets a new survivor face-to-face and this survivor seems well equipped to defend himself, but he also seems like he does not want Nathan’s help.
What Just Happened:
The issue begins with almost a literal bang as Nathan has a rifle pointed to his face by a survivor in Oblivion. A lucky (unlucky?) intervention by a giant creature saves Nathan and he learns that this particular survivor can defend himself. Nathan makes the mistake of rushing the process of teleporting the survivor back to Earth and almost gets himself killed again, had he not have teleported himself out of harm’s way.
Back on Earth, Nathan is scolded by Duncan, Bridget, and Heather about his continued Oblivion expeditions. Duncan, in particular, uses his experience in Oblivion to tell Nathan that maybe not all of the survivors need or want saving. Nathan meets with one of the Crenshaws to get more background information on the survivors. It seems like Nathan did not heed the warnings of his team.
Back on Oblivion, it seems like territories have been marked by the survivors and the one Nathan encounters crosses a boundary to share a discovery he learned from watching him with the man in charge of this particular territory. These survivors are not so helpless as Nathan believes.
Robert Kirkman continues to keep me captivated in this new world he’s built. I really enjoyed how Nathan had to humble himself when he saw that not all the survivors he encountered are helpless. I also found it funny that he cared so much about the well being of the creatures of Oblivion. He seems to view Oblivion like he is taking part in a safari, while the survivors only care about surviving no matter if the creatures live or die, rightfully so. Nathan’s idealism and stubbornness is pushing him away from his team and I am interested in how this dynamic evolves over the course of this series. Duncan especially makes a poignant plea to Nathan that brings an interesting argument of how traumatic experiences affects the mental health of survivors. Nathan’s conversation with Ms. Crenshaw strengthens this point.
I’m also interested in seeing more of the day-to-day activities of the survivors on Oblivion. It seems they have created a system based on territories and there may be hostilities between different groups. Nathan may have created more problems for himself by exposing his technology because the survivors have been paying attention. I wonder how this may come back to haunt him in future issues.
Lorenzo De Felici continues to kill it with his art. The plant life and creatures of Oblivion continue to look both zany and horrifying at the same time. I appreciate the detail he puts into the weathered look of the survivors and how they have taken the environment of Oblivion and used it to adapt their clothing to it.
My only slight complaint is that there are a few women of color in this book, but the way they are depicted makes it hard for me to determine their ethnic background. I’m happy to see any women of color take a prominent role in a comic book, but understanding their background will help them be fully represented in the book. Overall, Kirkman and De Felici continue to create a strong and compelling narrative with a beautiful imagery.