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Paperback The Omac Project Book

ISBN: 1401208371

ISBN13: 9781401208370

Written by Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns and Judd Winick Art by Jesus Saiz, Rags Morales, Ed Benes, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, and various Cover by Ladrnn Spinning out of IDENTITY CRISIS, COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS was a Special that laid the groundwork for events in the DCU for the year to come. Now COUNTDOWN is collected with the hot miniseries that directly spun out of it: THE OMAC PROJECT! This crackerjack thriller by Greg Rucka (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN,...


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I thoroughly enjoyed this one

Batman is "the man", not the only "the man" in the DCU, but a "the man". He kind of goes nutty after coming to the realization in Identity Crisis that he had part of his mind wiped and builds a police state setup where an orbital AI satellite named "Brother Eye" basically watches over Gotham and himself. Brother Eye has the ability to direct the OMACs to help keep order in a way. Checkmate is an organization of assassin like characters run by Maxwell Lord that ends up trying to take over. Without giving the plot and twists away, this is the story that turns most of the bigger heroes against Wonder Woman for a short period of time even though I still maintain she made the right choice. Anyway, the story's main characters if my memory serves me right are Booster Gold, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Maxwell Lord, some Green Lantern action(Guy I think), a new Blue Beetle and a bunch of characters from Checkmate all packed into a great story line with a few twists. A fairly short read and definitely worth the money!

The OMAC Project- Countdown to Infinite Crisis Series

This was a very cool trade paperback/collection of comics. One of the top ten comics i've read and you don't have to read Infinite Crisis if you don't want to..

Well written, solid story leading to Infinite Crisis & 52

The Omac Project is basically 2 stories. The first story follows Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle as he attempts to find out why his company is losing money to something called OMAC and how the rest of earth's heroes basically dismiss him as an overactive amateur. This storyline ends in Kord's murder at the hands of his one-time friend Maxwell Lord. The second part of the story deals with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman attempting to stop Lord and his OMAC's. This storyline is a bit more of the typical superhero story, with some shocking moments. It is the first half of the story that really drives this book. Ted Kord is written really well and really what this story proves is that there was no reason to kill Kord. His death was pointless, only made way for a new character who did not need to appear. Overall this is a good book, but it shows how there is sometimes poor reasons to kill off heroes.

Dang Good!

SOme say that this is not 'easy' to swallow if you're a causal reader. Well, of course not. You have to read 4 more books in order for you to understand the whole scope the entire narrative. But I like this book, and how Batman is portrayed. Paranoia at it's best, and the downfall of a legacy/partnership is hard to read, only because it's total a good way.

An excellent example of how to work with what you have...

I loved Jack Kirby's output for DC in the '70s, no matter how crazy or incomprehensible it was. One of my favorites was OMAC (One Man Army Corps), a story set on a future Earth, dealing with a satellite called Brother Eye and it's ability to transform milquetoast Buddy Blank into OMAC, a superhuman fighting machine with perhaps the coolest hairdo ever in comics. OMAC didn't last long as a series and, except for a well-done limited series by John Byrne, was pretty much forgotten; however, I have always held it closely to my heart. So imagine my excitement when I learn that a critical element of DC's major Infinite Crisis storyline involves the "Brother I" satellite and its war against superhumans, carried out by humans which it has transformed into... superhuman fighting machines! This trade paperback collects the single-issue COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS, THE OMAC PROJECT #1-6, AND WONDER WOMAN #219... plenty of reading for your dollar. The writers are Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns, and Judd Winick, and overall, they do a bang-up job. I won't go into details of the plot, because too much info would spoil it. In short: the Blue Beetle begins to get a bit paranoid after Kord Industries is robbed, as well as having multiple attempts made on his life. He uncovers a conspiracy that is obvious to him, but unfortunately, the other heroes won't listen, much to their eventual shame. If you are new to the DC Universe, this story on its own might be a bit muddled and overwhelming. My suggestion is to pick up the 80-page PRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISIS, which will help to set the stage for this story and others to come in the "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" lineup. If you are a seasoned reader of DC, this story will expand greatly on several elements of stories from years past: the perception of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold in the DCU and Maxwell Lord's involvement with the '80s Justice League were two angles that greatly pleased a long-time reader like me. The artwork, by Jesus Saiz, Rags Morales, Ed Benes, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, Jose Ladronn, and others, is consistenly spectacular. So I liked this series for shaking up the DCU a bit, but what I really appreciated was that DC has given a classic property a second chance (and an origin of sorts). I always ask myself why DC and Marvel feel the need to create so many new characters for their stories, instead of mining their rich histories for something that can do the job just as well. Looks like DC asked themselves the same thing. The result is fantastic.
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