Admit it. You say Dan DiDio’s name on this book and just assumed it was going to suck. Well, don’t you feel stupid now?
Well, maybe not. But when the announcements were made, OMAC stood out to me as one of the losers of the pack. It’s a concept I’ve never really been interested in. In fact, while I respect Jack Kirby, I’ve never really been a fan of any of his DC concepts. (I know, blasphemy.) And of course there was DiDio whose work as a writer has proven that the only person who would hire him to write a book is Dan DiDio.
But guess what? OMAC #1 is pretty awesome. It’s big and dumb in the best possible way. Keith Giffen is just straight-up doing Jack Kirby here. And if you’ve ever wondered why the King is considered a legend, I think Giffen’s tribute work here explains it. This stuff is crackling with energy. The cosmic stuff feels positively epic. It has actually made me curious to go back and read some of Kirby’s original stuff.
The story is pretty thin. But it moves! It’s basically a big action sequence. The book reads like a Kirby Hulk book with OMAC smashing his way through Cadmus. There’s lots of big ideas being set up here that will no doubt be explored in the future. But there’s so much action, it never feels like exposition.
Of the books I have read so far, OMAC was the biggest surprise by far. Granted, my expectations were extremely low. But the book put a big smile on my face. I had fun reading every panel. I am seriously looking forward to the next issue. But I do kind of feel stupid. Oh well, I’ll get over it.