Who's it by?
OMAC #1 is written by Dan DiDio (Wednesday Comics) and Keith Giffen (Justice League: Generation Lost, Booster Gold), with artwork by Scott Koblish (Secret Seven, Wolverine: First Class).
What's the history?
OMAC was created by Jack Kirby in 1974, and introduced readers to Buddy Blank, a man transformed into a so-called 'One-Man Army Corps' by A.I. satellite Brother Eye, and tasked with policing the world.
The original series lasted only eight issues, but was followed by a four-issue limited series from John Byrne in 1991 which tied up several loose ends from the character's history.
More recently OMAC was reimagined for the 2005 DC Comics event Infinite Crisis, where Brother Eye and an army of OMAC cyborgs served as the story's primary villains.
Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen's relaunched OMAC takes the character back to its original roots under creator Jack Kirby.
In the new series, OMAC is once again the sole cyborg under the control of Brother Eye, and also has a new host in the form of Cadmus employee Kevin Kho.
OMAC #1 opens at bio-engineering laboratory Cadmus Industries, which quickly falls under the assault of a Hulk-like monster referring to itself as OMAC.
Under orders from an unseen character, OMAC fights his way through various security forces in an attempt to locate the Cadmus mainframe.
The issue also introduces Cadmus employee Jody Robbins, who believes her missing boyfriend, and fellow Cadmus worker, Kevin Kho is still somewhere inside the building.
What's the verdict?
Dan DiDio's opening issue of OMAC is a mixed bag, introducing both the titular super-soldier and several supporting cast members, but failing to give readers any emotional connection to the main character.
While the mystery of who is guiding OMAC on his mission serves as the main thrust of the issue, readers familiar with the character will likely predict the voice's identity long before the final page reveal.
OMAC #1 is mostly an action-based comic, throwing several interesting (and humorous) foes at OMAC and giving new readers a much-needed idea of what he is actually capable of.
Koblish's artwork is also a strong fit for the title, perfectly encapsulating the science-fiction tone OMAC, and providing some genuinely powerful action sequences to boot.
However, despite a not-entirely unexpected link to missing character Kevin Kho, DiDio and Giffen will need to provide more depth in future issues if readers are expected to stick around in the long run.
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