OBLIVION SONG: Robert Kirkman On What Makes Compelling Science Fiction

Oblivion Song from Image Comics and Skybound hits your local comic book store on March 7, and the creator of the series, Robert Kirkman is in the middle of a press tour promoting the book.

During our conversation with the writer, Kirkman gave his opinion on what makes for great science fiction.

“Well, I think the hallmark of great science fiction is that science fiction doesn’t alienate and actually kind of accentuates the human story. The best science fiction stuff that is completely out there, and very unreal, and very fantastical, and yet completely relatable. And so that’s something that we’re trying to do here. This situation is more than likely never to happen in real life we are never going to see a large chunk of a major city sent to another dimension. I mean we hope. This is something that we look at very realistically and that the characters have very real reactions to and it is something that on an emotional core we can all relate to. We’ve all suffered loss in our life. We’ve all dealt with tragedy, either small or huge depending on our individual cases. So, this is still something that we can relate to despite the fact that it is this insane crazy science fiction thing,” said Kirkman.

Placing a character in an unreal setting, but then grounding the story in personal relationships is a strength of Kirkman’s writing. The zombies are just the setting for The Walking Dead, the survivors are where Kirkman tugs at your heart. With Invincible coming to an end it’s exciting to see Kirkman creating a new vast universe of characters.


Listen to the complete interview below.

Oblivion Song is written by Robert Kirkman, with art by Lorenzo De Felici, colors by Annalisa Leoni, letters by Rus Wooton, and Sean Mackiewicz keeps everyone on track as the editor of the series.

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?”

Check out the 8-page preview below:

Oblivion Song hits your local comic book store on March 7, 2018.

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.