"Oblivion Song #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Lorenzo De Felici
Colored by Annalisa Leoni
2018, 32 Page,s, $3.99
Comic released on May 9th, 2018
Nathan Cole has made it his mission in life to save the people of a section of Philadelphia trapped in an alternate dimension. The government and everyone else have given up on them, but not Nathan. He's going to keep going over there until he's sure he's rescued every single one of them. But what if they don't want to come back?
This struggle is absolutely riveting and becomes a major focus in Oblivion Song. To someone like Nathan, the answer is obvious. They once lived in our world and they've been stuck in another reality for a few years so of course, they'd want to come home. Why would they leave the sanctity of the city, even if bizarre monsters were coming in around them? We don't have much insight into the survivors just yet, as they're still somewhat shrouded in mystery, but this does present a very interesting dynamic.
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Nathan meets one such survivor on his latest trip over there. The differences between these two men are staggering. Nathan is a visitor to this strange land and he doesn't see the need to kill the creatures within it. They're just living their lives and he can probably run around them or hide from them. The man he meets though has been living here for years and knows how dangerous these things are. He will not hesitate to put a bullet in its head.
The creatures in this world are breathtaking and terrifying. Artist Lorenzo De Felici creates these hulking abominations of legs, eyes, and muscle, like something out of an H.P. Lovecraft story. It makes sense that the monsters wouldn't resemble anything from our world. This is an entirely different dimension. Sure, you can sort of see a spider in the thing that chases Nathan at the beginning of this issue, but it's like a spider's super distant cousin, like seven times removed and only related by marriage.
Annalisa Leoni's colors match that otherworldly feeling with strange greens and greys. It creates a great juxtaposition between the two worlds, seeing how different they look. One feels like imminent danger while the other is normal.
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De Felici controls the pacing in Oblivion Song, spending some extra time on key moments to allow you to take them in. This is true of the item Nathan leaves behind after he's forced to make an emergency jump back home. You really get the importance of this sequence by the amount of the page dedicated to it. Each image shows the survivor moving closer to it, investigating it, and then realizing what he has to do next.
Nathan's struggle to understand this new wrinkle in his mission is tangible. He seeks guidance from one of the people he's saved, in an effort to get some reassurance that he's doing the right thing. Would this woman's life be better if she stayed in that other world? After a certain amount of time away, she's having trouble getting acclimated back to normal everyday life. Sure, she would have been fighting for her life every day, but at some point she got used to that. Now she's terrified of a dog barking or any other loud noise.
Oblivion Song is just getting started. It's only three issues in and I am completely hooked. Nathan is such an intriguing character and he has a personal stake in finding these survivors and bringing them back. His brother is over there. That's part of what drives him. He's so determined to bring these people home that he can't see the dangers right in front of him. That's making for one compelling story.