"Oblivion Song #5" 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
Lettered by Rus Wooton
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 11th, 2018
Nathan has been captured by the survivors he'd come to save. It turns out a large group of them have found a life in this hellish alternate dimension. All this time Nathan has been trying to find them and bring them back to Earth. Do they even want to leave? This latest trip also reunites him with his brother, Ed, to really hammer home the differences of opinion on this topic. Meanwhile, back at home, the government comes a-callin' and they're not taking no for an answer.
The society Nathan encounters in Oblivion Song #5 is peaceful and thriving, despite living in such horrific conditions. A big chunk of Philadelphia was transported to this world and while some folks panicked and others died, these survivors made a go at it. They've been here for years now and they're kind of OK with that. What does that say about Philadelphia?
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Although this is a terrifying landscape, artist Lorenzo De Felici softens it a bit with gorgeous sprawling alien vegetation. Strange pustule-like growths pop up on everything from trees and houses to the clothes on peoples' backs. It's like the planet is trying to take back its spot by slowly taking over the people and things on top of it.
There are so many moments where you can just sit back and look in awe at this other dimension. De Felici does a tremendous job with the designs, making them appear only slightly familiar and with completely unnatural qualities. We see even more otherworldly creatures, like nothing we've ever encountered. It's tough to describe some of these things because of how foreign they appear.
This works perfectly with Annalisa Leoni's colors. The growths are a dirty green or yellow, making them look and feel like they're alive. I can imagine them pulsing like a heartbeat. The trees and rocks are made of blues and oranges not found on this world. It's interesting to go from this vast landscape to the normal everyday world back home.
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The meeting of Nathan and Ed has been building from the start of the series. We had no idea how it would go though, as the two brothers seemed to be at odds from afar. Writer Robert Kirkman stretches the moment out for just the right amount of time, creating a perfect dramatic sequence as they're reunited.
With this new society thriving, it forces Nathan to reevaluate his entire life. His quest to bring back everyone that was lost on that fateful day has consumed him. He's thought of nothing else. If there is no one left to save, what is he supposed to do now?
At this rate, I don't know if Nathan will ever come back home. After seeing what's going on in his lab, I don't blame him. Some military officials swoop in and start making demands. They know more about Nathan and his plans than they do. This opens up a number of questions about what Nathan has really been up to and how dangerous he could be. How far was he willing to go to get his point across and try to get the funding to save whoever is left over in the other dimension?
Oblivion Song has all the makings of a sprawling dystopian epic. It presents a glimmer of hope in a sea of chaos, as these folks have found a way to survive in such hellish conditions. They've built a community and they work together to protect it. Nathan represents a threat to that. Will they stay or will they go?