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52apolooza: OMAC

Written by Comic Doctor, MoFo and Tricia Long on Thursday, September 29 2011 and posted in Reviews

OMAC joins 52apolooza!  How does the book do?  Check out the article!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

The stakes have never been higher for Dan DiDio.  If anyone is to be considered responsible for the DC Relaunch's success or failure, it's the co-publisher and former editor in chief of DC Comics.  In addition to his co-publisher duties (as well as signing our grand prize!), he's also the writer of OMAC, with art from Keith Giffen.  How is it?  Read on and find out!

Marvel Reviewer: Comic_Doctor

Of all the DCnU #1s, O.M.A.C. was easily the title I was least looking forward to. I've never liked O.M.A.C., I don't like Dan DiDio, and I'm not the biggest Keith Giffen fan, but again, I'm giving them all a fair shot.

Omac1image1The only O.M.A.C. I'm really familiar with are the ones used during the Identity Crisis era, so all other O.M.A.C. history means nothing to me. That's a good thing for writers DiDio and Giffen because my mind was like a blank canvas for them to work on. I thought they did a good job introducing us to what seems to be the supporting characters of the book. Jody Robbins seems like your typical love interest type – strong minded, determined, yet still needing to be 'saved'. Tony Jay (who I really liked) seems like he will be the antagonist/buddy type. Lord Mokkari and Dubbilex look like they will make good recurring villains, but Brother Eye is the real baddie for O.M.A.C.. In the end we discover that Kevin Kho is the O.M.A.C. we saw during the issue, but will he be O.M.A.C. forever, or the only O.M.A.C.?

Omac1image4Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish did a fine job on the art chores. There's a Kirby-esque look to their work that I enjoy, and I'm sure many other fans will love it too. Facial expressions are done nicely, and everyone has a distinct look and feel to them (aside from Cadmus security). O.M.A.C. is drawn to always seem imposing and larger than life, but his crazy mohawk needs to be toned down a bit. It's distracting at times. I thought Hi-Fi's colors were a near perfect match for this book as they complemented the artwork.

Overall, I found O.M.A.C. #1 to be enjoyable, but not enough for me to invest more of my money into the series. A decent product was produced, but with DC's ambitious project of 52 new launches, I feel this series wasn't good enough to lure in new readers for the long haul.

Writing: 18/25
Art: 17/25
Accessibility: 20/25
Enjoyability: 19/25

TOTAL: 74/100

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