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O.M.A.C. #1 | Comic Reviews | Nerdy Nothings

O.M.A.C. #1



Guest post by: Mr. Marlo

OMAC, the comic that everybody is incredibly excited to see come back, has finally come back. And it… is… unimaginably terrible.

I’m kidding, of course, and am purposefully using hyperbole sardonically because Dan Didio (or his writing partner Keith Giffen) did in the comic and I can’t stand it. Why say someone displays “unimaginable strength”? If I can’t imagine it, then how dumb am I and why do comic books exist?

As far as I can tell, OMAC is DC’s mish-mash of the original One Man Army Corps and Batman’s mass army of enemies that looked like OMAC (and were called OMACs) in recent history. That’s my assessment as a dude who knows something about comics and DC canon. From the perspective of someone new to comics, I can imagine the experience of reading OMAC can be summed up as:

“What the heck is going on? And why do I care?”

All first parts to a story are tough, I know. There’s always going to be a question of “how do we maneuver around this heaping pile of exposition?” In my opinion, this issue limped through the task.

Story-wise, the entire issue is built to be a mystery with the reader left wondering about tons of important bits until the last two pages. That’s a hard sell for someone new. Or me. All our time is instead spent focusing on the Hulk-esque, mindless OMAC destroying things. You can easily guess it’s our protagonist being controlled from afar, but you have no reason to care about him because you haven’t been given a reason to. Art-wise, it seemed like this issue was taken off the shelves from the ’90s. The dialogue also felt fairly aged, with a lot of “explain what I’m doing with words” that is foreign-sounding to natural conversation.

The comic is not without merit, though. I have a soft spot of energy being portrayed using bubbles, and coloring/effects studio Hi-Fi deserves HUGE ups, because they were fantastic. Until the rest gets as good, DROP IT.

tags: dan didio, keith giffen, omac, scott koblish, the new 52

  • Anonymous

    I just read this issue myself, and I’m conflicted. I didn’t hate it, but…

    I mean, it’s a straight homage to Jack Kirby, especially in the art but also the dialog. So on that front, I suppose it does okay, although the dialog is intensely unnaturalistic. That was fine in the 60s and 70s, but not so much now. 

    I think philosophically, though, this is the total opposite of what DC wants to do with their reboots. Why on Earth would they publish a magazine in tribute to a comic creator/property from four decades back? Yes, Kirby was the King, but what about this is meant to appeal to new readers? I think Mr. Marlo gives great testimonial to the fact that it doesn’t.

    Had DC condensed OMAC’s first story arc and published it as a prestige-format one-shot to commemorate Kirby, it could be pretty cool. As part of the New 52? I think it’s odd man out. 

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree. I’m too young of a reader to pine for the days of Kirby. This comic may just be something for a section of very established readers to appreciate.

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