The long-awaited first full week of DC Comics’ New 52 has finally arrived! I’ll be reviewing all 52 #1 issues released this month, and you can find all of the reviews on the Comic Book Reviews index page. Up at bat we have a concept that has failed so many times over the last decade you’d think it must be one of the almighty Dan Didio’s personal favorites. And it appears that’s actually the case, because for OMAC #1 Dan Didio himself is stepping up. Can Dan Didio use the tidal wave of marketing to finally make a new OMAC series succeed, or is this book doomed to fail like all of its modern brethren?
This review will be as spoiler-free as possible.
I’m actually pretty surprised by the fairly positive buzz this first issue has received. The bulk of that good-will surrounds the most positive aspect of this issue: There’s some dumb, old school fun to be had in this book. The bulk of the issue involves the giant, mohawked blue OMAC fighting a “mad scientist” and his goofy, crazy creations. It’s light and mindless and inoffensive. The art is effective though certainly nothing special. In a week filled with “heavy” first issues like Animal Man #1 and Swamp-Thing #1, OMAC #1 is like a light, sweet snack.
This book is so stuffed with fluff it ought to be about Winnie the Pooh. The plot of this issue is that OMAC attacks Cadmus Labs to infiltrate their central core and… well… there is no “and”. OMAC himself is merely a mindless, grunting beast controlled by some sinister entity. I’d talk about OMAC’s alter-ego’s character, but other than a couple lines of incidental dialogue, he doesn’t say or do anything as himself. There’s a girl who sorta likes him and a guy makes a comment that he’s OCD, if that makes anyone like him more?
So little happens in this book that I actually can’t think of anything else to critique. This book isn’t the level of pure stupid that Green Arrow #1 was and it certainly doesn’t offend me in the way that Legion Lost #1 did, but there’s just not that much here.
Overall: Dan Didio has defied my expectations here by not having written the worst book of The New 52. Heck, it’s not even the worst of the first week of The New 52. But what he did write is a book with no substance, little characterization, and only the slightest amount of intrigue. This is a book that was doomed to a fast cancellation if it was anything other than outstanding, and it’s nowhere near that good. Maybe once Dan Didio’s own attempt at writing an OMAC series fails he’ll finally allow this concept to die for a little while.