Robert Kirkman is always pushing himself to create new stories and not be content with the success of The Walking Dead franchise and his other creator-owned comics Invincible and Outcast. Even with a recent deal to develop present and future Skybound properties into television series for Amazon Studios, Kirkman still finds time to create new comics.
For his latest, Oblivion Song, Kirkman imagined an alternate dimension, where 300,000 Philadelphians were exchanged for a large group of people from this other world.
When this tragedy, dubbed the Transference, originally happened, the government set up a program spearheaded by Nathan Cole to recover those lost with technology he created and developed. Each day, Cole made trips to Oblivion to retrieve those lonely citizens from our world, stuck in an apocalyptic landscape. Ten years passed, and after a majority of those lost are returned, Cole's program is defunded... but that doesn’t deter him from ensuring everyone else gets rescued. That's where the first issue starts.
The first arc is not just Nathan's story but an exploration of how the world changed ten years after the Transference: who was lost, who has returned and how the government addressed and abandoned the efforts to save these people. We are also given a look into Oblivion and the conditions survivors are adapting to despite being ill-equipped to live there. Questions quickly come up as to why the Transference happened and who was complicit in its occurring.
Artwork will be done by Italian artist and co-creator Lorenzo De Felici (his art was featured in Skybound's catalog of variant covers in September) with colors by Annalisa Leoni (Orfani, Dylan Dog) and editing by Sean Mackiewicz.
SYFY WIRE spoke with Kirkman to further discuss the concept of Oblivion Song and where he got the original inspiration for the comic. Check out the interview and let us know if you’ll be picking up this comic when it arrives on March 7, 2018.
Additional reporting by Ernie Estrella