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"Oblivion Song #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Skybound

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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 August 8th, 2018

Review:

Everything Nathan has come to believe about the alternate dimension that scooped up a chunk of Philadelphia has been called into question. At long last he's found his brother, Ed, on the other side, but the guy isn't suffering or insane. He's living peacefully and he seems content for the first time in a while, even if he could be attacked by otherworldly monsters at any moment. Nathan convinces Ed to at least pop back home for a little bit, but things are a lot more complicated since the FBI has a warrant out for Nathan.

On the surface, Oblivion Song has this unsettling idea of a bunch of people suddenly getting zapped into a horrifying other dimension. That's just the hook that pulls you in. Writer Robert Kirkman holds your attention with a riveting personal story with Nathan at its center. He's a flawed character trying desperately to redeem himself. Up until this point, we thought it was for a falling out with his brother, but this issue reveals it’s so much more.

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We'll get to that in a moment, and no, I'm not going to spoil the big reveal. Instead, let's focus on how close Nathan gets to achieving his goal. He's found his brother and a ton of survivors on the other side. Now with success in his sights, he's about to have it all ripped away. It hits you like a punch to the gut. Nathan has worked for ten years to bring back everyone that was lost. Throughout all that time, he's never lost hope. You almost want to give him a big hug, but then you get an understanding of his role in all this and you'll probably pull back a little.

Lorenzo De Felici's artwork shows a relieved man just before the other shoe drops. You can see the bags under his eyes and the weary look on his face. He's run himself ragged to get to this moment and at long last he's looking his brother in the eye again.

Ed is an interesting reflection of Nathan. They look similar enough so that you can tell they're related, however the personalities are very different. Ed is in his element. He left behind a complicated, troubled life and here he's a leader. It's no wonder he doesn't want to leave this place. While he's been through a lot here, he's not wearing his troubles on his face the same way Nathan is.

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You never forget where you are when Ed and Nathan are talking in the other dimension. It's a creepy alternate world that looks so different from our own. Colorist Annalisa Leoni coats the scenery in browns, making it every bit the dystopian landscape. It's tough to understand how someone could have even an ounce of hope here, but somehow Ed has not only survived, but flourished.

This contrasts well with our world when the brothers return in a flash of light. The city is full of blues and open sky. This is a place where anything is possible. You can hold your head high without worrying about some giant bat-like creature swooping by to rip your face off.

Rus Wooton's letters are solid and reliable. They don't distract from the story at all because they're always in the right place with the right font and the right-sized word balloons. His emphasis on specific words helps guide you through the story and add some additional gravitas to some conversations.

Oblivion Song rises to new heights with this issue. It already had a solid hook, great character development, and gorgeous artwork. Now that it's grabbed you, it reaches up to new levels with some awesome twists and turns. This chapter reframes the entire story to date.

Grades:

Story: Fivestars Oblivion Song 6 Cover
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fivestars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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