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A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?


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A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

30 review for Oblivion Song, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    Fantastically written otherworld fantasy meets gritty drama. The artwork is beautiful, my only complaint is the coloring’s monochromatism can sometimes muddy details. Other than that, I’m excited for this series more than anything else by Kirkman.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Giant monsters walk the land while small groups of humans try to survive - Oblivion Song is basically Image’s answer to Dark Horse’s BPRD: Hell on Earth, and, like that series, it’s pants! The more detailed plot outline is that 10 years ago 300,000 people were transported to another dimension – “Oblivion” – after a crazy science experiment gone wrong. Now, said crazy scientist is trying to rescue as many of those 300k, as well as his brother, through solo inter-dimensional trips. Hmm. Sounds lik Giant monsters walk the land while small groups of humans try to survive - Oblivion Song is basically Image’s answer to Dark Horse’s BPRD: Hell on Earth, and, like that series, it’s pants! The more detailed plot outline is that 10 years ago 300,000 people were transported to another dimension – “Oblivion” – after a crazy science experiment gone wrong. Now, said crazy scientist is trying to rescue as many of those 300k, as well as his brother, through solo inter-dimensional trips. Hmm. Sounds like it’s gonna be a while ‘til he catches them all! The problem is that the broader story I mention above is gleaned mostly from the back cover blurb – Robert Kirkman’s definitely not brought his A game to his new ongoing title and, aside from the “scientist looking for his brother” storyline, I had no idea what was going on for most of the book. I also didn’t care – this isn’t even a remotely interesting read! Indistinct story, generic amorphous blob monsters chasing poorly- defined (if at all) characters across your typical post-apocalyptic wasteland – bo-ring! It was the scene between two characters – couldn’t tell you who they were - in a restaurant talking about ending their affair that I realised I couldn’t care less about this series and that I wouldn’t be coming back for any more. Full of tedious, bland nothing from the uninspired writing to the fugly art, the first book of Oblivion Song is one-note, astonishingly dull and unimpressive – Kirkman’s worst series in years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I found the premise very intriguing. Part of Philadelphia gets transported to another dimension full of giant monsters. Now it's 10 years later, a scientist has figured out how to reach the other dimension and is bringing the people back one by one. This would be 5 stars for me if it wasn't for the poor art and coloring. I couldn't tell the characters apart and the monsters even just looked like part of the landscape. The colors were all part of dusky color palette that never varied no matter wh I found the premise very intriguing. Part of Philadelphia gets transported to another dimension full of giant monsters. Now it's 10 years later, a scientist has figured out how to reach the other dimension and is bringing the people back one by one. This would be 5 stars for me if it wasn't for the poor art and coloring. I couldn't tell the characters apart and the monsters even just looked like part of the landscape. The colors were all part of dusky color palette that never varied no matter what was portrayed so none of the figures in a panel stuck out. This could be really good with a better artist. Received an advance copy from Edelweiss and Image. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    A really good start to Robert Kirkman's new series. I'm digging it so far and look forward to see where it's going. The artwork's gorgeous, with a special shout-out to the colourist; beautiful work!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    One arc into Robert Kirkman’s new series “Oblivion Song,” and I think I can already say pretty definitively that I’m hooked. Like in “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast,” Kirkman nails the perfect tone, simultaneously leaning full-on into the high concept of his premise while also being sure to pepper it with characters that we actually give a hoot about. It doesn’t hurt that Lorenzo De Felici’s art is GORGEOUS, cartoony while somehow also being genuinely adult. Time will only tell if “Oblivion Song One arc into Robert Kirkman’s new series “Oblivion Song,” and I think I can already say pretty definitively that I’m hooked. Like in “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast,” Kirkman nails the perfect tone, simultaneously leaning full-on into the high concept of his premise while also being sure to pepper it with characters that we actually give a hoot about. It doesn’t hurt that Lorenzo De Felici’s art is GORGEOUS, cartoony while somehow also being genuinely adult. Time will only tell if “Oblivion Song” runs as long as some of Kirkman’s other series, but if this is the quality of storytelling we can expect, count me in for the long haul.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    I was a bit sceptical at the start. I found it awfully slow with the world building and the introduction of the characters. Ive always enjoyed post apocalyptic themed stories and this was no exception. The slow build up really ramped up until the ending. I can see the world or worlds being explored more and I hope Im right. Worth a shot if you like slow burn scifi stories with real characters. Vintage Kirkman.

  7. 5 out of 5

    unknown

    I read and enjoyed an advance edition of the first trade, featuring four of the first six issues. It's a fun story that feels a little bit familiar, but the writing and characters are interesting and layered, and there's a compelling twist at the end of issue 4 that sets up much conflict to come.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rian *fire and blood*

    My reading/opinion might be hindered because this was a physical ARC and not the final copy. This was a solid intro to a new series but I wasn’t connecting to the characters. For a start my reading felt disjointed due to a lack of chapter separation. I’m hoping the final copy adds to that. The setting was ~spooky~. Steven King would create a world like this for sure. I loved the small Pacific Rim vibes I got and can’t wait to see if this gets more sci-fi love. Characters. Yeah. I wasn’t connectin My reading/opinion might be hindered because this was a physical ARC and not the final copy. This was a solid intro to a new series but I wasn’t connecting to the characters. For a start my reading felt disjointed due to a lack of chapter separation. I’m hoping the final copy adds to that. The setting was ~spooky~. Steven King would create a world like this for sure. I loved the small Pacific Rim vibes I got and can’t wait to see if this gets more sci-fi love. Characters. Yeah. I wasn’t connecting. Nathan was totally believable and fleshed out, as well as the humans in Oblivion. Here’s the thing though, his girlfriend? Bridget? Duncan? Nope. They all annoyed or frustrated me. Art. Oblivion was creepy af and I loved it. I think the color choices were perfect too! The monsters... oh. No. I don’t want those in my backyard no sirree! The downfall however was people’s eyes. I really didn’t like how they were illustrated. Like, EYES DON’T GET THAT BIG! Ultimately I gave this 3.5 stars for the lack of chapters/fluidity issues that stemmed from that and the eyes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai

    This first arc of Oblivion Song is setting up a pretty cool story. In typical Kirkman fashion, the characters and how they are developing takes center stage while the world they are in is there to tweak everything and add that little extra special something. Not much else to say. Its a slow burn...but I find all of Kirkman's work to be like that and I don't mind. It's fun to let things simmer and stew until they explode with confidence. I'm a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic feeling and this d This first arc of Oblivion Song is setting up a pretty cool story. In typical Kirkman fashion, the characters and how they are developing takes center stage while the world they are in is there to tweak everything and add that little extra special something. Not much else to say. Its a slow burn...but I find all of Kirkman's work to be like that and I don't mind. It's fun to let things simmer and stew until they explode with confidence. I'm a sucker for anything post-apocalyptic feeling and this definitely fits the bill. Will most certainly be carrying on with the next arc.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaden

    I was so excited to get an advanced copy at BEA this is one of my new favorite series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason Rico

    The Walking Dead + Black Science + Black Hammer. That's Oblivion Song. I had not heard anything about Kirkman's newest title until I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Reader Edition TPB, featuring the first six issues. From the synopsis alone, I knew it was right up my alley, and honestly, it was as good as I'd hoped it would be. In Oblivion Song, Kirkman creates a new sci-fi world filled of monsters that immediately sucks you into the mystery surrounding the Oblivion event. What cause The Walking Dead + Black Science + Black Hammer. That's Oblivion Song. I had not heard anything about Kirkman's newest title until I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Reader Edition TPB, featuring the first six issues. From the synopsis alone, I knew it was right up my alley, and honestly, it was as good as I'd hoped it would be. In Oblivion Song, Kirkman creates a new sci-fi world filled of monsters that immediately sucks you into the mystery surrounding the Oblivion event. What caused it? Will it happen again? It's big science fiction, but it's really the characters that draw you in. Take the main character, Nathan Cole, for instance. He's a scientist on a very personal quest to try and rescue those stranded in Oblivion, but there's more to it than just wanting to bring back those that have been displaced. It's clear there is more to his story and you can't help but want to follow along. Helping Kirkman bring these monsters and characters to life are Italian artists Lorenzo De Felici and Annalisa Leoni. De Felici does the linework, while Leoni does the colors. The art is beautiful while still gritty enough to meet the demands on this story. I would highly recommend you check this one out upon its release.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This was an interesting start to a new series - I haven't read TWD by Robert Kirkman, so I can't compare this series to it. However I thought the story was intriguing and I'm excited to see where it goes next! The basic premise is that many people have gone missing in the Oblivion - which is essentially another dimension full of monsters. The main protagonist of the story wishes to save as many as he can from this world, and bring them back - however the government no longer wishes to support or This was an interesting start to a new series - I haven't read TWD by Robert Kirkman, so I can't compare this series to it. However I thought the story was intriguing and I'm excited to see where it goes next! The basic premise is that many people have gone missing in the Oblivion - which is essentially another dimension full of monsters. The main protagonist of the story wishes to save as many as he can from this world, and bring them back - however the government no longer wishes to support or fund this endeavour. Therefore this story involves working on few resources to try and save as many people as possible from a world full of dangerous monsters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Robert Kirkman's books have been somewhat hit-or-miss for me, so I was a little skeptical about how this one would turn out. A section of a city in Pennsylvania gets overrun by monsters and a large portion of the population from that area disappears. We join the story ten years on, when everyone has given up on the missing people except for one man: the protagonist Nathan. And this really becomes his story more th Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Robert Kirkman's books have been somewhat hit-or-miss for me, so I was a little skeptical about how this one would turn out. A section of a city in Pennsylvania gets overrun by monsters and a large portion of the population from that area disappears. We join the story ten years on, when everyone has given up on the missing people except for one man: the protagonist Nathan. And this really becomes his story more than anything else. What I enjoyed most about this book is that even though there is a bit of a mystery about what happened, it is easy to see and understand the motivations of the characters. Kirkman does a really nice job developing the setting while keeping the story moving. There are some odd bits of technology that make it a little difficult to understand what is going on at first, but they are explained quickly enough that it doesn't hurt the story. The art is the only part of this book that I was divided on. For the most part it is really well done, especially the set pieces and the various creatures. I thought most of the characters were portrayed well. However, there are some moments where Nathan's appearance changes dramatically between panels that threw me off. I'm glad I took a chance on this book though because I liked it a lot. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Václav

    Well, despite my friends disagree on this, I like Oblivion song. The story, world and the art. De Felici's art, for me, bit resonates with my favourite David Rubín, and I really like it. It's playful, colourful, strong inking and sharp style. I'm really enjoying that. And I really enjoy the idea of the story too - the world swiped into another hellish parallel dimension, taking some people with it. I have weak spots for post-apocalypse themes. And Oblivion song tickles that spot. But I must say Well, despite my friends disagree on this, I like Oblivion song. The story, world and the art. De Felici's art, for me, bit resonates with my favourite David Rubín, and I really like it. It's playful, colourful, strong inking and sharp style. I'm really enjoying that. And I really enjoy the idea of the story too - the world swiped into another hellish parallel dimension, taking some people with it. I have weak spots for post-apocalypse themes. And Oblivion song tickles that spot. But I must say that I don't know what's Kirkman planning to do with this. if this would be 12 issue series, we are in the middle. We got some story, some interesting scenes, but it is rather slow with no bigger image. If it will be a long series, the start is very weak. If you want to pass a ball for long distance, you need to aim precisely and give it a full kick. With multiple short passes through the field you risk greatly to losing the ball. And with Oblivion song, the full kick is missing. Kirkman is (as usual) a show-off, playing with the ball on the spot before deciding to pass it or shoot. And it's short pass here. So I understand, why most of my friends are dropping off this series. Especially when it is a monthly one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Oblivion Song Vol 1 is a great sci-fi horror comic by the creator of The Walking Dead. Oblivion was created ten years prior when Philadelphia was overrun by huge alien beasts from an alternate dimension. Unfortunately, the beasts like the taste of human flesh. 20,000 are missing and presumed dead. Nathan works in a poorly funded facility that goes to Oblivion to rescue any remaining humans. When he catches two humans and teleports them back to Earth’s dimension, they tell him of 100 humans survivi Oblivion Song Vol 1 is a great sci-fi horror comic by the creator of The Walking Dead. Oblivion was created ten years prior when Philadelphia was overrun by huge alien beasts from an alternate dimension. Unfortunately, the beasts like the taste of human flesh. 20,000 are missing and presumed dead. Nathan works in a poorly funded facility that goes to Oblivion to rescue any remaining humans. When he catches two humans and teleports them back to Earth’s dimension, they tell him of 100 humans surviving in the countryside in Oblivion. Nathan is determined to help them despite government apathy, religious zealotry and aging equipment opposing him at every turn. The plot, setting and world-building are terrific in Oblivion Songs Vol 1. Because this is only the first volume, the characters are rather thin but I’m sure they will be fleshed out in subsequent volumes. The highly saturated colors and use of stark shadows in some scenes contributes much to the atmosphere. Is this the next Walking Dead? It’s too early to tell. However, it is good in its own right and definitely worth a read. 4 stars! Thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss+ for an advance copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I received an ARC of this graphic novel at BEA 2018. There is no doubt that Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead and Outcast) writes a good story. 10 years after the transference, a rift that opened to another plane of existence, scientist Nathan Cole is still trying to recover his brother and other survivors. However, do all the transported want to come back to earth from Oblivion? Can those who have come back manage day-to-day after living through hell? Overall, adult fans of Kirkman will find ano I received an ARC of this graphic novel at BEA 2018. There is no doubt that Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead and Outcast) writes a good story. 10 years after the transference, a rift that opened to another plane of existence, scientist Nathan Cole is still trying to recover his brother and other survivors. However, do all the transported want to come back to earth from Oblivion? Can those who have come back manage day-to-day after living through hell? Overall, adult fans of Kirkman will find another decent storyline, but the art was muddy and had me flipping back and forth to make sense of the characters and the landscape. I would like to pick up the next volume, but I wouldn’t rush to the store to buy it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    THE WALKING DEAD and BLACK SCIENCE had a baby, and they named it OBLIVION SONG. It's not as dark as either of its parents, but not quite as engaging either. The post-apocalyptic survival-horror aspect of the story doesn't appeal to me. A large portion of this story feels copied-and-pasted from Kirkman's more famous series, of which I am not a fan. However, I am 100% down for the mad science, perilous exploration, high-concept alternate-universe crazy alien stuff. I think I'll stick with this series THE WALKING DEAD and BLACK SCIENCE had a baby, and they named it OBLIVION SONG. It's not as dark as either of its parents, but not quite as engaging either. The post-apocalyptic survival-horror aspect of the story doesn't appeal to me. A large portion of this story feels copied-and-pasted from Kirkman's more famous series, of which I am not a fan. However, I am 100% down for the mad science, perilous exploration, high-concept alternate-universe crazy alien stuff. I think I'll stick with this series for now, but if it loses me, I might go back and re-read BLACK SCIENCE (which I never finished).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mars Dorian

    Apocalyptic sci-fi adventure story about Americans disappearing into a (parallel?) dimension infected by strange creatures. Story: starts simple and ALMOST generic but reveals interesting details later on. I'm guessing this is a much bigger story than it Art style: Italian artist Di Felici's Franco-Belgian/European serious cartoon style creates a good reading flow. The monsters and scenarios are a beautiful mix between colorful and atmospheric. The perspectives are cinematic; characters look uni Apocalyptic sci-fi adventure story about Americans disappearing into a (parallel?) dimension infected by strange creatures. Story: starts simple and ALMOST generic but reveals interesting details later on. I'm guessing this is a much bigger story than it Art style: Italian artist Di Felici's Franco-Belgian/European serious cartoon style creates a good reading flow. The monsters and scenarios are a beautiful mix between colorful and atmospheric. The perspectives are cinematic; characters look unique and come with their visual quirks. If you dig post-apocalyptic stories with a deepening story, you're in for a treat. Can't wait for the next issues!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 Total review score: 3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Santiago Novelo

    The events are treated something similar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That along with PTSD themes strike strong emotional chords. The main character along with supporting cast develop well while maintaining a sense of realism as they face otherworldly creatures. This sci-fi fantasy comes to life with the raw exchanges between the characters. The artwork does a fantastic job of giving this new dimension its own sense of beauty and I want more of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Kvíz

    Premisa je zajimava, ale rozjezd je dost vlaznej, takze do nejakyho finale prvniho story arcu sem se doslova pronudil. Nicmene od nejakyho patyho sesitu to zacina nabirat grady. Puvodne sem to chtel zahodit uplne, ale druhymu booku dam nakonec jeste sanci. Kresba mi moc nesedla, ale da se na to zvyknout. Proste klasicka Evropa :D.

  22. 4 out of 5

    chantel nouseforaname

    The art was dope! The story was awesome. I love the semi post—apocalyptic vibe. I read books 1—6 in one go and plan on starting on Vol. 7 & Vol. 8 really soon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A decade after part of the city disappears, our main character is still dedicated into entering the monster infested area to search for survivors. The government wants him to stop, and not all who are rescued were necessairyly looking to go home. I'm impressed with what Kirkman has created and this first volume definitely hooked me!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    This is an Advance Edition of the trade of the first four issues of Oblivion Song and I had to add it manually, so no review and no star rating because I'm not sure if I should yet.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Interesting new series by Robert Kirkman, but I’m not madly in love with the artwork. It’s quite different from Outcast or The Walking Dead, which is my favorite of Kirkman’s stuff. The inter-dimensional travel angle is nifty. I’m curious to see what comes next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This plot had a set-up that I really enjoyed. A weird catastrophe transmits about ten square miles of Philadelphia into an alternate dimension and vice versa (or something of the sort, thankfully it does not get bogged down with the exact mechanics of this). Weird flora and fauna are introduced into our world, beaten back, leaving a dead zone, while a section of Philadelphia and its inhabitants were sent to this other dimension and that's been the situation for 10 years. The plot is very engross This plot had a set-up that I really enjoyed. A weird catastrophe transmits about ten square miles of Philadelphia into an alternate dimension and vice versa (or something of the sort, thankfully it does not get bogged down with the exact mechanics of this). Weird flora and fauna are introduced into our world, beaten back, leaving a dead zone, while a section of Philadelphia and its inhabitants were sent to this other dimension and that's been the situation for 10 years. The plot is very engrossing as our protagonist continues making rescue sorties into the alternate dimension, trying to find survivors and look for his brother. There are interesting political and familial dynamics, and as a reader every character's motivations made a lot of sense. I really like the art of these alien creatures, so of which remind me a bit of the tardigrades in Paper Girls, Vol. 1. This ARE edition had a matte finish that I liked too, rather than the glossy treatment a lot of comics get. Advance Reader Edition TPB ISBN: 9781534307056 A goodie from the Public Library Association Conference (Philadelphia appropriately, March 20-24, 2018) My boss brought this and other advance copies back.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cæcilie

    Really great first issue.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maïla Led

    Dans ce comic book avec au scénario le scénariste des comics "The Walking Dead", on arrive sur une Terre où une partie de Philadelphie s'est retrouvée expulsée mystérieusement dans une autre dimension. Mais cette dernière se révèle plutôt hostile, avec des bêtes carnivores s'apparentant à des monstres. On suit alors dans l'Etat de Pennsylvanie le scientifique Nathan Cole, qui semble être l'un des derniers à continuer de rechercher les survivants qui se trouveraient encore dans cette autre dimen Dans ce comic book avec au scénario le scénariste des comics "The Walking Dead", on arrive sur une Terre où une partie de Philadelphie s'est retrouvée expulsée mystérieusement dans une autre dimension. Mais cette dernière se révèle plutôt hostile, avec des bêtes carnivores s'apparentant à des monstres. On suit alors dans l'Etat de Pennsylvanie le scientifique Nathan Cole, qui semble être l'un des derniers à continuer de rechercher les survivants qui se trouveraient encore dans cette autre dimension. L'histoire nous emmène aux côtés de Nathan entre deux dimensions diamétralement opposées, à la recherche de survivants. On cherche à comprendre les codes de cette nouvelle dimension, à savoir son fonctionnement. Mais on cherche aussi à savoir comment cet événement a pu arriver, une question qui semble tarauder le scientifique. Dès les premières pages, on est directement plongé dans l'action dans Oblivion, cette autre dimension, avec les bêtes qui y vivent. Durant ces pages, cela se déroule très vite, pour qu'on s'immerge tout de suite dans l'intrigue. Par la suite, on oscillera entre ces moments d'action et des moments plus calmes, presque introspectifs, tandis que l'on voit que Nathan a un passé plus compliqué et douloureux qu'on ne le pense, ce que l'on commence à découvrir au fil des pages de ce premier tome, qui est en partie un tome nous permettant de découvrir le monde que l'on suivra dans cette série de comics. On part à l'exploration de Oblivion, que Nathan connaît plutôt bien, alors que nous, nous n'en savons rien. Cette dimension est intéressante et bien construite, regorgeant de mystères. On se pose de nombreuses questions sur elle tandis qu'on y erre avec le scientifique, et ne manque pas d'intriguer. Pour ce qui est des personnages, je les ai apprécié, certains plus que d'autres, mais il n'y a pas eu de lien particulier qui s'est construit avec eux. On comprend que Nathan est un personnage au passé complexe, dont on ne sait pas tout dans ce premier tome, mais qui est l'un des fils conducteurs de l'histoire et de l'intrigue. Mais on retrouve aussi d'autres personnages, aux personnalités parfois tout aussi mystérieuses et complexes, qui forment un ensemble de personnes différentes et non-semblables. On voit vite au fil de la lecture que le mystère sur le passé de certains de ces personnages prend une place non négligeable, et est un pan entier de l'intrigue. Pour les illustrations, j'ai vraiment bien aimé les couleurs utilisées, souvent dans les tons vert, jaune et rouge/rose et l'harmonie entre elles. Tout ce qui concerne la colorisation et les aplats de couleurs sont des choses que j'ai aimé, mais il est vrai qu'en revanche certaines expressions des personnages ne m'ont pas particulièrement plu. Cela est un point de vue personnel, mais le trait au niveau des visages n'est pas le style que j'aime le plus, ou tout du moins dans certaines cases en particulier, où les personnages avaient alors l'air un peu idiots à trois-quatre reprises dans l'ensemble de l'oeuvre. Mais le comic book reste graphiquement agréable à lire et à voir. La fin montre sans aucun doute possible qu'il y aura une suite, comme annoncé avec le 1 sur la couverture. Et elle nous donne envie de la découvrir car plusieurs révélations nous sont faites dans les dernières pages, et qui ne sont pas moindres. On a alors envie de savoir les tenants et aboutissants de cette histoire ainsi que des réponses aux nouvelles questions qu'on se pose dès lors. Les intrigues qui s'ajoutent à la trame principale nous fait nous poser des questions auxquelles nous voulons découvrir les réponses. On a droit dans le comic book à un rapide bonus qui nous montre les couvertures des six chapitres qui le composent, puisqu'aux Etats-Unis, il est en six volumes pour être dans la tradition des comics en petits numéros. Pour conclure, je dirais que ce fut une bonne découverte dont j'ai apprécié le graphisme en grande partie ainsi que cette autre dimension nommée Oblivion. Les intrigues qui s'ajoutent à la trame principale de ce tome de découverte du monde sont ce qui me donnent le plus l'envie de découvrir la suite, que j'emprunterais sûrement. Note de 3,5/5 sur le blog

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lena Creutz

    Meine Liebe zu Comics reicht weit zurück, beruht allerdings hauptsächlich auf Asterix&Obelix sowie den Abrafaxen und erst vor wenigen Monaten habe ich (neben Animes und Mangas) das Subgenre der Graphic Novels entdeckt. Nachdem ich dann einiges online gelesen habe, war ich mir immer noch nicht sicher, wo genau ich mit dem Lesen anfangen sollte – und dann habe ich auf Lovelybooks die Leserunde für „Oblivion Song“ gesehen. Für den ersten Band der Reihe (und auch für die folgenden) haben sich der Meine Liebe zu Comics reicht weit zurück, beruht allerdings hauptsächlich auf Asterix&Obelix sowie den Abrafaxen und erst vor wenigen Monaten habe ich (neben Animes und Mangas) das Subgenre der Graphic Novels entdeckt. Nachdem ich dann einiges online gelesen habe, war ich mir immer noch nicht sicher, wo genau ich mit dem Lesen anfangen sollte – und dann habe ich auf Lovelybooks die Leserunde für „Oblivion Song“ gesehen. Für den ersten Band der Reihe (und auch für die folgenden) haben sich der Autor von „The Walking Dead“, Robert Kirkman, und der italienische Zeichner Lorenzo di Felici zusammengetan und ihr Werk kann sich durchaus sehen lassen – es ist spannend, nimmt den Leser mit und lässt ihn vollständig in der Welt von Oblivion versinken. Worum geht es? „Vor 10 Jahren verschwanden plötzlich 300 000 Einwohner Philadelphias in Oblivion.“ Zuerst versuchte die Regierung noch, sie aus dieser Parallelwelt, in der es von Monstern nur so wimmelt, zu befreien, doch irgendwann wurde das Programm eingestellt, so dass Nathan Cole der einzige ist, der weiterhin regelmäßig dorthin reist, um die Menschen zu retten. Warum er immer noch daran festhält weiß keiner so genau, doch fest steht, dass er nicht eher aufgeben will, bis er alle Überlebenden gerettet hat. Oder liegt es vielleicht daran, dass er der Musik des Oblivion Song nicht widerstehen kann? Graphische und rhetorische Gestaltung Das Cover des Buches gibt dem Leser schon mal einen Vorgeschmack darauf, was ihn innerhalb des Buches erwartet – starke Farben, viele Details und Wesen, die man so noch nicht kennt. Graphisch ist das Buch allgemein ein Augenschmaus, die Zeichnungen vermitteln mit Liebe zum Detail viele Emotionen und werden hervorragend durch die unterschiedlichen Farbpaletten ergänzt. Inhaltlich ist zumindest der Anfang etwas verwirrend – man wird direkt in die Handlung geworfen, ohne mehr darüber zu wissen und erfährt erst nach und nach, was tatsächlich vor sich geht. Dabei hat der Autor die Kunst des „Storytelling“ jedoch perfektioniert, so dass die Inhalte nie belehrend oder langweilig wirken, sondern immer genau passen und nebenbei Informationen weiter geben. Meine Meinung Ich kenne mich weder mit Robert Krikman noch mit Graphic Novels aus, doch trotz allem hat mir das Buch sehr gut gefallen – und ich will unbedingt wissen, wie es weiter geht. Da es sich um den ersten Band einer Serie handelt hört die Geschichte natürlich (gefühlt) mitten in der Handlung auf und man weiß nicht, was als nächstes passiert. Die Folgeband ist, glaube ich, für das nächste Frühjahr angesetzt ... Fazit „Oblivion Song“ ist ein fantastischer Auftakt (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes), der Lust auf mehr macht. Gleichzeitig enthält das Buch so viele Details, dass man es getrost mehrere Male hintereinander lesen könnte, ohne sich dabei zu langweilen. Wer sich wenig für Dystopien u.ä. begeistern kann, dem würde ich eher von dieser Graphic Novel abraten – allen anderen Lesern kann ich es jedoch nur ans Herz legen. Denn am Ende ist man selbst wie gebannt vom Oblivion Song.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] In one fell swoop, the world was changed. A section of Philadelphia was transported to an alternate dimension filled with monstrous creatures and dangers the likes of which the human race had never seen. Now, ten years later, only one person continues to venture into that alternate dimension, intent on finding his lost brother and anyone else that is still alive and fighting to get back home - Nathan Cole cannot resist the allure of the Oblivion Song. I have a strange relat [Read as single issues] In one fell swoop, the world was changed. A section of Philadelphia was transported to an alternate dimension filled with monstrous creatures and dangers the likes of which the human race had never seen. Now, ten years later, only one person continues to venture into that alternate dimension, intent on finding his lost brother and anyone else that is still alive and fighting to get back home - Nathan Cole cannot resist the allure of the Oblivion Song. I have a strange relationship with Robert Kirkman comics. Invincible is one of my favourite ever books, while I gave up with Outcast after about 20 issues, and The Walking Dead falls somewhere in the middle. So, after Invincible ended and I wanted to fill that hole in my pull list, I snagged Oblivion Song. And it’s…okay? There’s a lot of work to be done building a new world and introducing a brand new set of characters, and I think that’s where a lot of non-Marvel/DC comics fall down. If their worlds or characters aren’t compelling, it’s easy to lose interest. After six issues, I’m still not sure what everyone’s name is, and there’s only really three or four main characters, which I don’t think is a good start. The world of Oblivion Song is much more interesting, especially the dimension of Oblivion and the creatures that inhabit it, but we don’t spend half as much time there exploring as I’d have liked. I just don’t seem to identify very much with the characters, nor with the hook of the series. It’s a good premise, but there just feels like there’s something missing, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The book was never near the top of my list each month, and by the time the first arc concluded I was certain that I didn’t want to read it monthly anymore. Perhaps, like Walking Dead, it will read better in collection than in single issue form. The art from newcomer Lorenzo De Felici is pretty stunning, I’ll admit. He has a clear design sense, and he can capture the world of Oblivion and give it a very unique look. I’m not sure about the colours by Annalisa Leoni which are often a bit too mustard yellow for my taste, but there’s no denying that De Felici has talent, and the fact that he’s literally a year ahead of the single issue releases at this point means he can take his time and really hammer this series home. Each of Kirkman’s books has a strong artist attached to it that make the series their own, and Oblivion Song follows that trend. Oblivion Song’s debut arc isn’t quite up to the standard set by most other Kirkman comics. There’s something special underneath for sure, but it’s not quite shining through just yet. More compelling characters and a lighter colour palette could make it a hit, but for now it feels a little too safe, especially given what Kirkman’s shown us that he can do.

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