Wednesday, September 14, 2011

O.M.A.C. #1

I've got to say, I'm darn impressed with the quality of the DC relaunch. I'm not sure why the books couldn't be this solid before a continuity re-start, but no matter how you look at it, most of the DC stable is bringing their A-game now. This might be the most shocking book for me; I never expected I'd like something Dan DiDio is writing! But here I am, picking this up based on reviews and adding it to my sublist.

O.M.A.C. is an interesting comic. We learn the lead is Kevin Kho only at the very close of the book, and before that, while OMAC's presence is on every page, he really doesn't have much personality. He's more an engine of destruction that blasts his way around. The only dialogue he spouts is announcing his identity and repeating Brother Eye's instructions. Brother Eye is interesting enough to carry the book, though. He's got a spoiled child tone to his dialogue that makes him quite fun.

For me, the selling point for this book is seeing Jack Kirby's creations. Dubbilex, Mokkari, and a Build-a-Friend all appear. Keith Giffen does a fantastic job copying the bombastic action from Kirby's original series. Even the designs are an homage (check out the crazy Cadmus security guards).

Unlike a lot of the relaunch that initially tickles my fancy, but quickly leaves me uninterested, I'm going to definitely return for OMAC 2 next month.



Rob said...

Giffen's art was rock solid on this one - it really caught the Kirby style that this title needed.

And that last reveal and line from Brother Eye was the final hook I needed to want to see more storywise. Good stuff.

Jeff said...

I loved this comic so much. Perfect art and great story that drops you right in the middle of the action. Awesome fun.