It truly is always sunny in Philadelphia now that is has become a hellish wasteland in Oblivion Song #1.
10 years ago, 300,000 residents of Philadelphia disappeared in what has been called the Transference. Since then, Nathan Cole’s team has been going into a place they call Oblivion to bring them back out; however, over the past decade, government funding has stopped and his team has dwindled to three people.
Despite this, Cole has not given up and continues to make trips over and bring people back. After all this time, Oblivion is still a mystery, or it is at least to the reader. It could be a parallel universe, in the future, or even literal hell.
Oblivion Song #1 is written by Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible and Outcast). Art is by relative newcomer Lorenzo De Felici who is mostly known for variant covers.
For being a newcomer to doing internal comic art, De Felici’s work felt right at home. Everything was very clean and readable. However, it was simple in a way that can be done for an entire series. Many artists bite off more than they can chew and go overboard, which causes delays and fill-in artists. De Felici has set a good pace for himself and I look forward to seeing his art throughout the series.
Kirkman has created a very engaging world, there is a lot of mystery and unanswered questions which I’m sure will be explored in future issues. It reminds me of when I started reading Walking Dead. The relationships between the characters has some depth which is only hinted at in this issue could be very interesting when explored.
Cole is a very troubled character. He is dealing with a lot of internal emotions and it leads him to live in two worlds. One is the real world where he feels guilt for the mistakes he has made in the past. However, in the Oblivion is where it seems he is truly happy. He is able to do something with his life. Cole gets the gratification of reuniting families with loved ones. The title of Oblivion Song is very appropriate as it seems he feels the call back to Oblivion stronger than the call to the real world.
Kirkman has set up another blockbuster comic. I loved this issue and it will be very interesting to see how others will react to the issue and where this series goes in the future. I can’t wait to find out what, why and how this happened. The Transference and Oblivion can be deeply explored, the story could easily be explored for a five year or more long run.
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Lorenzo De Felici and Annalisa Leoni
Cover by: Lorenzo De Felici
Publisher: Image Comics