Oblivion Song #9 comic review
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist/Cover: Lorenzo De Felici
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Rus Wooton
“Thick as Thieves”
What You Need to Know
Nathan and Ed hatch their plan to steal back the transference machine from the government with help from Heather. Nathan and Ed also have to deal with the philosophical differences they are having regarding Ed wanting to go back to Oblivion. Can Nathan and Ed pull off this heist? And will Nathan agree to lose his brother in Oblivion again so soon after reuniting with him?
What Just Happened
This issue picks up where the previous issue left off with Nathan and Ed arguing about Ed’s desire to return to Oblivion. Nathan feels that Ed has not adjusted to returning to Earth and needs to give himself time to adjust. Ed feels that he was always useless and in his brothers shadow on Earth and he found himself on Oblivion. Nathan states that Oblivion is dangerous, but Ed feels that Oblivion lacks the inequality that society on Earth breeds. Before Nathan gets his answer from Ed, armed gunmen ambush them. Nathan and Ed teleport away before they can be detained. After they safely escape, Nathan agrees to take Ed back to Oblivion after they steal the machine.
Nathan reveals his plan to get the transference machine back to Ed; Nathan plans to teleport to Oblivion right outside of the building the machine is being held in. Nathan then will enter the building from where it should be in Oblivion, and then teleporting back, allowing him and Ed to appear inside the building. Once they teleport to Oblivion, they are immediately attacked by a huge creature. They try to run but Nathan is grabbed by what looks like a secretion or appendage from the creatures tail. Ed instructs Nathan to stab the creature in the eye, but Nathan hesitates because he does not want to hurt the creature. Nathan finally gives in and stabs the creature in the eye, which releases him. Ed berates Nathan for hesitating to do whatever it takes to complete his mission.
The brothers teleport back to Earth and safely appear inside of the building where Heather is waiting for them. Heather tries to get the brothers into the part of the building where the machine is being held, but Heather is restricted access. Nathan teleports from Oblivion and back to Earth to get through the door into the area where the machine is held. Security guards attempt to intervene, and Nathan shoots them with teleportation darts to send them to Oblivion. Nathan and Ed are able to take the machine out of the facility. Heather decides to stay at the facility as Nathan and Ed fled. Nathan tries to convince her to come with them, but she states she wants to keep the officials in the military facility occupied while Nathan and Ed escape. As Nathan and Ed prepare to leave, Nathan returns to Oblivion to bring back the security guards he sent there. As Nathan and Ed flee with the transference machine, Ed notices the people in the city living their everyday lives. Ed becomes convinced that these people are not in control of their lives and he decides to turn on the transference machine to bring them all to Oblivion.
This was an action packed issue of Oblivion Song. This issue included some of the most creative uses of teleportation I’ve seen in a comic book. Nathan channeled Nightcrawler with some of his teleportation jumps to and from Oblivion. I was half expecting to see a couple of “BAMFS” after a while. The core of this story is now starting to revolve around the relationship between Nathan and his brother Ed. Ed’s time in Oblivion has clearly changed him and Nathan is having a hard time accepting his brother’s desire to return to Oblivion. Nathan does show his love for his brother by agreeing to bring him back after they complete their heist. And what a heist it is! Filled with teleportations, a woman on the inside, armed guards, and a giant monster.
It was good to see Heather once again be more involved in the story, and from seeing the cover of next month’s issue, it looks like we won’t be a marginalized character anymore. I can’t say the same for Duncan and Bridget who don’t make a single appearance in this issue. I guess this makes sense though because neither character had anything to do with the heist at the center of this issue. The major act that Ed commits at the end of the issue was kind of telegraphed, but still somewhat of a shock to see. This seemingly will drive this next arc of Oblivion Song, as the game has certainly been changed.
Lorenzo De Felici continues to knock out of the park with his art, specifically his creature designs. His latest creature design struck me as part crab, part spider, complete with a silk like secretion from its tail. It was disgustingly beautiful. Robert Kirkman has built a strong interplay between Nathan and Ed. Both brothers clearly love each other but their connection to Oblivion has seemingly changed both of them forever. Nathan is consumed by guilt for his role in the transference, while Ed has seemingly found a new lease on life inside of Oblivion. The end of this issue looks like it will signal a major turning point in their relationship if they will even have one at all.