Review: Omega Men #1
With only two major publishers putting out superhero themed comics, it is a natural that the two will compete against each other in terms of making similar products, especially when one of the products explodes in popularity. Such is the case with the Omega Men, DC Comics’ presumed answer to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy, a popularity which mostly came out of nowhere after the movie set the characters on a path to name brand recognition. While DC Comics might want to copy Marvel’s success, there is a far bigger problem to deal with. Marvel’s cosmic universe is defined by a lot of different players that come and go, and so the stories end up being a lot more random. DC on the other hand mostly defines its cosmic stories through the Green Lantern Corps, or the various other corps that are affiliated with it. Although there are cosmic like titles such as those focused on Superman, or cosmic settings such as New Genesis/Apokolips, when it comes to space it is the Green Lantern that rule in terms of popularity. Cutting a piece of the cosmic pie for the Omega Men is therefore a difficult proposition to begin with.
The story in this issue is fairly straight forward. It follows a raid against the Omega Men in retribution for their supposed murder of Kyle Rayner. As such the issue features a heavy dose of action, but it also serves as an interesting way to introduce the characters to those who would otherwise be unaware of their existence. As various members of the strike team are knocked off we get to see who is doing the killing. This also helps to establish the Omega Men as grittier versions of their previous incarnations, ones who are not afraid to kill in order to achieve their goals.
It is an interesting approach to introducing these characters, as the action sequences often confuse as to what exactly is going on. At the same time it is an effective though simplistic approach to introducing the characters. More so, the Omega Men have a lot of catching up to do in terms of having their own set of stories to rely upon, and this issue, barring all else, at least seems capable of doing this. The story here is entirely readable, but it also at the same time feels like a piece of bigger puzzle, as though DC itself is trying to figure out how exactly to sell these characters and to make them into galactic gold.
Story: Tom King Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read