Friday, September 09, 2011

"Obliquely Mocking Ares' Costume."


I picked up the first issue of OMAC the other day, and enjoyed it; but I'm not sure where it's going. It's very Kirby-esque, but I think OMAC's deal was spelled out in the classic version's first issue; here it's not clear. I may give that one a little more rope, see where it goes...for some reason, I had the line "OMAC died...so that man might live!" stuck in my head, but I know that's not right.


The title of the first issue is "Office Management Amidst Chaos," and I kind of hope subsequent issues continue that trick. "Origami Mutants Argue Constantly." "Outside Messages Aren't Complimentary." "Ongoing Mistakes Against Continuity." I should stop, they may need some of those...(Story and art by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen, inks by Scott Koblish.)

There had better be a proper, armored Hardware somewhere; I'll feel cheated if he's just a screensaver.
Also got Static Shock #1, "Recharged" Story by John Rozum, story and pencils by Scott McDaniel, inks by Jonathan Glapion and LeBeau Underwood. Guest-starring Hardware, which is a good sign for a bit of Milestone making its way to the DCU or DCNu or whatever. (Icon probably should've gone to Stormwatch instead of J'onn...) I'm hoping to see Hardware in action at some point, since right now he appears to be in tech-support mode ala Microchip or Oracle.

Mighty God King has a pretty good breakdown of DC's new #1's so far, and a fair criticism of Static Shock reading not as a new #1, but as a continuation of the previous series. Yeah, but OK. I think a lot of that book's sales are going to be either fans of his previous series, or fans of the animated series, neither of whom are going to need a ton of recap. Besides, compared to some of the other 52, this will read like a book where things happen, I do believe.

In other books, I picked up Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human #2, making sure to get the Simonson cover. (GCD hasn't had scans of them all yet, since I think there's been 6+covers for 2 issues.) It's unfair to compare it to the Miller/Simonson version, which I loved to death; so while it's not as good as that, it's not bad...interesting, at least. We'll see where it goes.

And I missed Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X #1, so I finally broke and added it to my pull list. Previously, I picked it up here and there, but I think it's time to go all in. Hopefully, they can back order it for me.

3 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Nice pick Goo. I actually own a few of the old Kirby OMAC issues, so I guess, art-wise the new series looks okay. But since Didio's writing it, I'm pretty much determined not to like it.
But I was glad to see the new team kept some of the old ideas, like Dr.Scuba and Build-a-friend.

I'm sorry, but no one can touch or match the King when it comes to his creations. Although I think Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek seem to be doing a really good job trying to bring back Kirby's later creations. Check it out if you already haven't.

have a good weekend man!

plainwater said...

Ooh, I should pick up some Atomic Robo too. I've read the issues published on the smart phones and loved them.

I did go to a not-so-great comic store that was near a neighborhood I was hanging out in. I only got that new Mister X hardcover, which comics alliance talked me into wanting. Will be reading it this weekend and am really looking forward to it.

And speaking of comics alliance, I realized while reading the above blog entry that I've never read an OMAC issue, but have a soft-spot for the guy purely from Chris Sims' essays.

chiasaur11 said...

I think the line is "OMAC lives... SO THAT MAN MAY LIVE!"

Might be wrong.

And yes. Atomic Robo is swell.