Oblivion Song #7 comic review
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
What You Need to Know
The day the Transference occurred is finally revealed. Nathan finally describes what happened on the day Philadelphia and Oblivion switched dimensions. Nathan also sheds light on how he and his team are responsible for the carnage the Transference caused.
What Just Happened
Nathan, while in custody, details the events that led to the Transference. Nathan was a part of think tank with other genius level intellects who developed a Binary Tether Generator that when activated caused the Transference. The team did not realize the extent of the damage they caused, and it was not until they realized the sky was different that they realized their experiment went horribly wrong. Shortly after this realization, the creatures of Oblivion attacked the team and the innocent bystanders caught in the Transference. Most of Nathan’s team is killed almost instantly. While in hiding, Nathan and a member of the think tank, Katherine, reconfigure the generator. Katherine dies while trying to buy time for Nathan to activate the machine. Once activated Nathan realizes that part of Oblivion was transported to the spot where part of Philadelphia was sent to Oblivion. Nathan vowed to never tell anyone, so he could have the opportunity to atone for his mistakes by rescuing all of the survivors stranded on Oblivion.
On Earth, Nathan’s brother, Ed, continues to wander around Philadelphia. Ed tries to reconnect with people from his past and learns some have died while others have moved on with their lives. Meanwhile, Bridget and Duncan continue to have relationship problems due to Duncan’s PTSD-like symptoms, and Bridget’s relationship she had while Duncan was on Oblivion. Heather learns that Director Ward plans to keep Nathan in custody while using his generator as weapon designed for military application. Heather visits Nathan while he’s in custody and tells him that she believes he is a hero for trying to make up for his role in the Transference. Heather presents Nathan with two of his teleportation darts in order to escape and continue his mission of rescuing survivors.
This issue providing me with all the exposition and background I needed to now fill fully immersed in this universe that Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici have created. Finally getting the story of how the Transference started was fascinating, yet tragic because we know now that the experiment the think tank was working on ended horribly. It was cool to see Nathan and his team using their resourcefulness to try to reverse what they created while running from their lives from the creatures of Oblivion. This was particularly strong flashback sequence that contained some strong writing and dialogue from Robert Kirkman.
Outside of Nathan’s storyline, the other Earth storylines are kind of lacking. Ed continues to try to readjust to society, which I feel is building to something dramatic but so far it just seemed to add nothing much to this story. Bridget and Duncan continue to have relationship problems, but they do not appear to be relevant right now. The military seems to have a desire to use the machine Nathan helped create, which is a pretty common narrative trope. I am still curious to see how the military tries to use this technology and what the backlash will be. Heather’s choice to help Nathan moves the story forward, but I find it hard to believe that she is so quick to help Nathan, and to think what he is doing is heroic. I felt Kirkman may have reached a little bit with the motivation for Heather’s actions. The art in his issue is overall strong, but I felt the art became a little shaky during the flashback scenes with Nathan and his team in their lab. Hopefully we return to Oblivion next issue.