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Posted March 22, 2006
ANOTHER LEAD -IN TO INFINITE CRISIS
The OMAC project is another of the collected lead-ins to the Infinite Crisis storyline, DC Comics' major story event of the year. OMAC, of course, stands for 'One Man Army Corps' and was one of the comics created by Jack Kirby when he moved from Marvel to DC in the early 1970's. Loosely borrowing on Kirby's ideas (very loosely) comes this story combining elements of A Brave New World and 2001 A Space Odyssey. It helps to have read Identity Crisis prior to this book but there's enough information provided even if you didn't. After the fallout from Identity Crisis we find 3rd string heroes Booster Gold and Blue Beetle going through some tough times. Booster has basically given up his super hero career and Beetle AKA Ted Kord, is nearly broke as someone is siphoning off his fortune. Add to that there was a break-in at Kord Industries and a large amount of Kryptonite has been stolen. Beetle tries to convince the JLA that there is something going on but he's basically brushed off by the likes of Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern. Only Wonder Woman believes him although she may just be humoring him. A freak energy backslash from his computer nearly kills Booster and Beetle sets off on his own to find out who is behind all of this mayhem. He locates a secluded castle and sneaks in and hacks into the computer system where he finds that whomever is behind the mystery has extensive files on every superhero including their secret identities. Furthermore, Beetle's own file lists him as deceased. The truth is soon revealed. The organization is Checkmate and the black king is none other than former Justice League front man and financier Maxwell Lord. Seems after the events in Identity Crisis Batman constructed an all-seeing eye in the sky to essentially watch everyone, naming it Brother I. Somehow, and it's never fully explained, but Lord has hijacked the system and is using it in an insidious plot to wipe out every meta human on the planet, even those not even aware that they have any powers. The irony of course is that unknown to the rest of Checkmate, Lord himself is a meta-human with powerful mind control abilities. To this end he's created a nanite virus that essentially turns the infected victims into cybernetic killing machines bearing a vague resemblance to Kirby's OMAC of the 1970's. Lord unleashes over a million of these on the world's population and now heroes and villains alike find themselves being hunted down by Lord's creations. A computer system gaining full intelligence and an identity not exactly a new concept nor is it handled here with any new creativeness. Maxwell Lord as the books main villain was certainly a surprise and it's interesting when someone can come up with a new way to handle what is otherwise a mundane character. I know the writers wanted to be able to have Blue Beetle go off on his own but I guess I didn't care for the way the rest of the JLA came off as jerks in their treatment of Beetle. This point if further strengthened by Guy Gardner who clearly has an 'Our League Vs. their League' when he has a confrontation with Wonder Woman. Clearly there is some bad blood and the Gardner/Booster/Beetle League has a bit of an inferiority complex when dealing with the present members. Also it's being shown more evident that the JLA is getting more dysfunctional and mistrusting of their comrades all the time. When Superman questions Batman's creation of this spy network, Batman basically tells him he could care less what anyone else thinks. The Caped Crusader felt violated when his memory was wiped out during Identity Crisis and he's not about to let it happen ever again. My only trepidation with the book and going forward into Infinite Crisis is DC's seeming need to try and reinvent its universe and characters every few years with these types of storylines. I sometimes think they underestimate the strength of their own creations. The OMAC project was far superior to the disjointed Day of Venge
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Posted October 3, 2010
This could've been really good!
Here lies that exact reason why DC Comics will always suffer compared to Marvel. This collection tells a possibly really good story however there are so many pieces from many other stories that its all over the place and stories start and don't finish. Also, in the middle of this collection, you get a recap of another story not collected here but the ending is here. There are so many stories that add up in different ways but not collected together. Its just strange.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is good when focused. The ending is abrupt but satisfying. The art overall is really good especially the pages by Jesus Saiz. Overall a decent book that loses some of its appeal due to editorial.
Posted June 17, 2011
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