UPDATE 9/7/11:

I just sat down and read the first issue of the Giffen/DiDio O.M.A.C.

I’m pleased to report that IT. UTTERLY. ROCKS.

Giffen does his best Kirby-esque artwork, and the redesign of O.M.A.C. himself is a superbly modernized version of Kirby’s classic design. The story begins with BANG! — just like Kirby would have done it. However, there’s a bit of mystery building here as well.

We aren’t quite sure what’s going on with our blockbusting hero yet. He’s being given orders by some interior voice that turns out to be Brother Eye — another concept straight from Kirby’s original saga. There is wall-to-wall action here as O.M.A.C. demolishes his way through the Cadmus installation seeking its main information core. Faceless drones, synthetic monsters, and army of security guards haven’t a chance of stopping this juggernaut. Giffen’s artwork has never looked better–any fan of Jack Kirby will be practically squealing with delight.

It’s great to see a modern comic that isn’t afraid to abandon the “slow build” that hampers so many first issues these days. This inaugural issue gets right into the action and never lets up. This isn’t exactly Kirby’s O.M.A.C., but it’s extremely close. Probably closer than any other version.

It’s also interesting how Giffen brings in some other Jack Kirby characters and concepts that were not a part of the original O.M.A.C. book–specifically Lord Mokkari and Dubbilex from Kirby’s JIMMY OLSEN run. The goal seems to be placing O.M.A.C. firmly in the DC Universe of “now,” instead of the far-future world of the original comic. Not sure if that will play out, but if it means a longer life for this book, it’s well worth the adjustment.

O.M.A.C. #1 is as powerful as a punch in the nose. These guys are making Kirby’s legend (and his fans) very proud.

Can’t wait to see where this books goes…

Peace!

John

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Jack Kirby’s ironically prophetic  look into the future of law enforcement and the age of global terrorism is getting a new life courtesy of Keith Giffen and Dan DiDio at DC Comics.

O.M.A.C. (short for One-Man Army Corps) is one of my favorite Kirby books–lasting for only 8 issues in ’74-’75. If anybody can capture Kirby’s energy and style it’s Keith Giffen, so this new O.M.A.C. title will likely be one of the best DC books in their new lineup. (If you haven’t heard, they cancelled all their books and are relaunching with 52 “first-issue” comics, including this one.)

io9 has posted a nice preview of the first issue right here: http://io9.com/5837121/read-an-exclusive-preview-of-dc-comics-quirky-new-superhero-series-omac

This book, along with the new FRANKENSTEIN comic, are the ones I’m most looking forward to in this “all-new” DC.

Kirby’s original O.M.A.C. is available in a gorgeous hardcover collection. I highly recommend it.

I hope the new take on this character lives up to Kirby’s unmatched legacy.

(Global) Peace! (Agency)