Robert Kirkman reveals sci-fi story Oblivion Song, his first new comic series in three years

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Oct 5, 2017, 10:33 AM EDT

Robert Kirkman, the tremendously successful Image Comics partner and creator of hit series The Walking Dead and Invincible, is about to launch his first new comic in three years.

Image announced Thursday that, next spring, Kirkman will debut Oblivion Song, a new sci-fi series with art by Lorenzo De Felici (who will make his American interior art debut after doing cover work for The Walking Dead, Manifest Destiny, and more). The series' tone will be more grim than Invincible but less grim than The Walking Dead, and follow a man named Nathan Cole, who makes repeated trips to rescue people from an alternate dimension called Oblivion. Here's the official synopsis:

"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?"

Oblivion Song is Kirkman's first new ongoing series since 2014, when he launched Outcast with artist Paul Azaceta. That series, like The Walking Dead before it, landed a TV deal even before it was released and launched a Cinemax series in 2014. Invincible is already in development as a film, and his other series Thief of Thieves is in the works as a TV series. It wouldn't be surprising to see Oblivion Song start its journey to the screen soon.

According to CBROblivion Song has been in production for more than a year, and several issues are already filed away for publication. That said, we still have a while to wait before we get to read it. The first issue is set to debut on March 7, 2018. Check out the cover below, and look for more information about the series as SYFY WIRE's coverage of New York Comic-Con (where Kirkman is set to appear on a panel) continues throughout the weekend.