To complete my trifecta of obscure DC characters I have OMAC by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen. This was a book that I had some trepidation going into. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Dan Didio is co-publisher of DC comics. He’s not necessarily known for his writing ability (his last series, The Outsiders, was not received very well by critics). However, Giffen is a legend in the industry. His art style is very reminiscent of the legendary Jack Kirby, the man responsible for many of Marvel’s most famous characters and DC’s New Gods. OMAC himself being a Kirby creation, I was interested to see the final product. I can say at this point that my fears were unfounded, and that this is a great book.
OMAC has stood for many things over the years, including One Man Army Corps and Omni-Mind and Community. The concept here is Brother Eye, a sentient satellite, has taken over a man named Kevin Kho and given him incredible power. Brother Eye uses Kevin to infiltrate Cadmus Labs, an organization in DC comics well-known for producing outrageous and fantastic characters and creatures. This is no less true in the DCnU. As OMAC rampages through the lab we see a female robot that has a cannon in her mouth, the mind reading Dubbilex, and creatures called gobblers that…gobble. This is comics at it’s most fun and I love it.
The book isn’t without flaws. There isn’t much plot to speak of, though there are a lot of interesting threads teased such as the motives of Brother Eye and the appearance of Mokkari as an antagonist. Mokkari is another Kirby creation, a servant of Darkseid from Apokolips. This is very intriguing considering the New Gods were shelved by DC at the end of Final Crisis, a story that DC claims still happened (also my favorite comic, of all time). I’m very interested to see where this leads.
All in all this is a case of a book that could have gone terribly wrong actually getting a lot of things right. And that’s always a good thing.