A part of Philadelphia has been shifted into a dimension full of monsters and strange creatures. Nathan travels between there and Earth bringing people back but do they want to come back? With only a few key characters on both sides, the story is interesting and original while the artwork is clear and, in the case of the creatures, boggling and exciting. A worthwhile first volume.
'Oblivion Song, Chapter 1' by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici
I don't know why I chose the shortest possible book for my Bingo pre-read, but there you go.
'Oblivion Song' is a new comic series by Robert Kirkman ('Walking Dead') that puts us in Philadelphia ten years after an unexplained phenomena wiped out a huge portion of the city, replacing it with horrific monsters and alien vegetation. 300,000 people vanished with the land. The monsters were defeated and the plants died, leaving a barren wasteland that the government built a wall around as a precaution.
It was soon discovered that the 300,000 were not dead, they were somewhere else. A scientist, driven by the loss of his brother, figured out the frequency to go to that other place and endeavored to bring back as many people as he could find. The government supported him and his team, but after many years, have shut down the program. Nathan Cole refuses to give up on his brother, making solo expeditions to Oblivion, avoiding the deadly creatures and rescuing those he finds.
The art is vivid, and the story hooked me right in. This is a promising start to a great series.
While 'Oblivion Song' hasn't gotten into the biology of the creatures of the zone, Nathan Cole expresses compassion for them, even objecting to their being killed out of hand. The alien landscape and its native inhabitants is an essential part of the series.
Gwen crept closer to her home and saw all three males -who were nineteen- who hadn’t got the message to stay away from her home. The males had spray paint with them and apparently were going to make a mess of her truck if not the house which was also a B&B. Brandt was the ringleader of the trio who said she could make all the harassment stop if she changed her statement. Gwen had seen Brendt beat a drugged female shifter -Andie- with a metal pole as his buddies cheered him on and even kicked Andie when she was down months ago. Gwen had found them at the border of her family’s land. Gwen had shot at them several times before they finally ran off. Then she had taken the drugged and shaken Andie to her home. Gwen called the sheriff but it hadn’t done any good as the boys weren’t arrested and were only questioned for about an hour then released. The sheriff was tight with Brandt’s father Ezra who was socially influential. Neither thought Andie deserved any rights as she was a shifter. Even though Gwen was human she didn’t believe that was right. Andie reported the incident to the shifter council which could punish humans who committed crimes against shifters if human law enforcement didn’t. So Brendt would have to stand before the council and he didn’t want that. So the boys harassed Gwen trying to get her to change her statement like Andie had as they had frightened her to death. But Gwen stood firm. Gwen didn’t back down from anyone. The council didn’t care once an incident had been reported, the council always investigated it. Then the boys saw Gwen’s foster uncle Donnie with his shotgun aimed at them and ready to shoot and they then decided to leave. Donnie was ex military and the ultimate conspiracy theorist. He was also a little unstable and often disappeared in the woods for days at a time. Donnie felt more at ease outside surrounded by nature. LOcals thought Donnie was eccentric when actually he was extremely intelligent and a strategic mastermind. Donnie had trained Gwen to defend herself , he had also trained Gwen how to use many of the weapons he had stashed at different places. Marlon was Gwen’s foster brother and she had a foster sister named Julie. Zander and Bracken were enforcers, Eli was the head enforcer. Nick was their alpha and Shaya was Nick’s mate and they were in the Mercury pack. Zander;s uncle had died and he had to go to the lawyer's office for the reading of the will. Brecken was going with Zander.Zander didn’t need or want comfort He didn’t seem to grieve the way others did. He hadn’t cried when his parents died though they had cast him off years ago and favored Rory who was Zander’s identical twin. But Rory had never been a true brother to Zander. Rory was smart and a computer analyst. Winning was the most important thing to Rory. Zander wasn’t looking forward to spending the weekend around humans. Gwen had come to live with the Millers as a foster child when she was eight. For some going into foster care was a nightmare but for Gwen it was a blessing. Zander had booked two days in Gwen’s family’s B&B. His voice had done funny things to Gwen. Gwen had always been intrigued by shifters and the dynamics of packs, prides, flocks, etc and also shifting into animals had to be cool. She envied that. Zander’s wolf was like him- hard, shrewd, and distrustful. They were also never rattled by anything. But there was something about Gwen that made his wolf very cautious. The beast feared nothing yet he backed away from Gwen. The wolf watched Gwen carefully, he was still and quiet. It wasn’t that the wolf didn’t like Gwen as he found her voice soothing and and he liked her scent. As a rule Zander was good at reading and predicting people. But he couldn’t quite grasp what was troubling his wolf about Gwen.
I absolutely loved this book. I found nothing to complain about. I loved how Gwen was determined to stick up for Andie even though she was being harassed and threatened. I absolutely loved Zander and Gwen together. I loved how they were both wounded who help both help people at a distance. I loved how Zander’s pack really came to care about Gwen. I didn’t like Corey at all but I don’t believe we were suppose to he is just a complete immature egotistical butt. There was: family drama, shifters, prejudice action, drama, suspense, intrigue, danger, romance and so much more. This was an enjoyable fun read. I smiled at times but also choked up at times while reading this book. Once I started reading this my attention stayed all through this book from beginning to end. I didn’t want to put this down. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.
As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.
The Mercury Pack is back in a fast paced thrilling romance that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Gwen and Zander are two wonderful characters that reached out and stole my heart with their vulnerable but fierce personalities. They both had tough exteriors that hid their tormented past and readers can certainly understand their views on life and empathize with the way they protected themselves. Gwen may be a human heroine but she has a loyal strong heart and attitude and she fits right in with both the Mercury Pack and the Phoenix Pack.
These characters easily captivate readers and ensure that they have to know the whole story, while the suspense builds throughout the story with lots of thrilling action and danger. The bad guys may be a bit typical with their hatred of anything or anyone different but they grab reader’s attention and hold tight because the reader wants to know what they will do next.
I look forward to each and every visit to either the Mercury or Phoenix Packs, because Suzanne Wright brings the characters and the world to brilliant life with well written words that ensure I get caught up in what’s happening and fall in love with the characters and my visit to packs was just as exciting this time as ever and I can’t wait to visit them again unfortunately it looks like I will be waiting impatiently until summer 2018 for my next visit, but I am sure I will quite satisfied with that visit as well.
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