My Brother’s Keeper (Oblivion Song #5 Comic Review)

Oblivion Song #5 comic review

By Marcus Freeman

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici

Colorist: Annalisa Leoni

Letterer: Rus Wooton

“My Brother’s Keeper”

What You Need to Know

It’s a family reunion! Nathan finally meets his brother after all the days and months he spent searching for him in Oblivion. Nathan’s brother does not appear to be the same man he was before the Transferrence…Was Nathan’s mission all for naught? Back on Earth, the military has gotten tired of Nathan going rouge on his mission to bring back survivors. During their investigation, they discover that there may be more to Nathan’s mission than what it seems.

What Just Happened

On Oblivion, the survivors lead Nathan to their camp/community. The community the survivors have been able to build in their time on Oblivion amazes Nathan. The survivors have even learned how to hunt some of the creatures. It appears that not all of the survivors are glad to see Nathan, or are happy that he is bringing survivors back to Earth. He finally reunites with his brother, Ed who is happy to see him but Ed is informed that Nathan is the one taking survivors back to Earth, and debates with Nathan about whether the survivors actually want to be rescued.

Back on Earth, Bridget continues to plead with Duncan to reconnect with society but he continues to bury himself in his work. Military officers who have come to investigate and shut down Nathan’s operation visit the couple, and during their investigation they uncover that Nathan is hiding something that makes them question the reasoning behind his mission.

My Thoughts

This issue was short and to the point. Kirkman continues to build both worlds that make up the settings of this book. Kirkman continues to build the tension between Nathan’s support team at slow but steady pace. I would like to see Bridget do more than stare worryingly at Duncan and I’d like to see Duncan do more than stare in a microscope. Heather, (Nathan’s girlfriend maybe??), also appears in this issue but isn’t given much to do besides a few lines of dialogue and a shocked expression. Kirkman is great at the slow build approach to storytelling so I’m not overly concerned, but I would like to see Nathan’s team given more character development in later issues.

As always the parts of this issue that take place on Oblivion are fascinating and pleasing to the eye. De Felici continues to kill it with his art and there are some pages in this book that really show the massive scale of the world of Oblivion. De Felici also does a good job of illustrating the time the survivors spent adjusting to the world and the strides they have made in making an everyday life for themselves. I just hope in future issues that the Earth-based plot becomes just as interesting as the things happening on Oblivion.

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Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
The pace continues to be slow, but now we know what happened to Nathan’s brother, and we know that the survivors are not completely helpless on Oblivion. Back on Earth, Nathan’s team continues to struggle to keep it together with an encroaching military intervention threatening their work. Kirkman and De Felici continue to build their world and hopefully the plot moves forward considerably in the next issue.
Good
  • Consistently strong art
  • Seeing how the survivors built a community
Bad
  • Earth based plot is lacking in intrigue
  • Nathan's team are not fully developed characters
8.3
Great
Story - 8
Art - 9
Character Development - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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