New Comic Wednesday, December 7, 2011
December 7th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week I've been piqued by a book from DC's big relaunch that has not gotten much attention so far.

(DC, like CNN, is owned by parent company Time Warner.)

"OMAC" is a new version of a classic Jack Kirby comic book with Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen at the helm. Originally, "OMAC" was an anachronism for One Man Army Corps, but now it stands for Observational Meta-human Activity Construct.  The story of how one became the other is why I'm reading this book.

Kirby's 1974 DC title "OMAC" was a short-lived title with a cult following. It was about a man named Buddy Blank who becomes a superpowered cyborg thanks to the remote control of an intelligent satellite. Kirby loved stories about technology, mythology, the nature of right, the nature of power and the supernatural as an argument for humanism. "OMAC" had all this in spades and the new series does as well.

In 2005, DC's Greg Rucka and Ivan Brandon reimagined "OMAC" as a multiple cyborg operation. This version of "OMAC" was part of DC's "DC Countdown" and "Infinite Crisis" megastory arcs, which involved many of the company's titles. Well-received by readers, "The OMAC Project" was a six-book series that pitted superheroes against the cyborg-controlling satellite called "Brother Eye" who monitors them.

In its current form, OMAC combines the wildest parts of Brandon and Rucka's work with several forgotten-but-inspired pieces of DC lore and tries to infuse as much of the original's inherent Kirby-ness as possible. If "Animal Man" was the surprise horror hit of DC's new 52, "OMAC" is the relaunch's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," or even its "Crank 2." It is action-oriented and fun to read and I hope this time we get more than six books.

Don't worry that the series is four issues in: Your retailer may still have copies of the first three issues (even if you have to settle for a reprint of No. 1) but if not they can order them for you. The series has done an excellent job so far being accessible to new readers. OMAC No. 4 may not be your cup of tea but it will certainly be an experience.

Until next week, go forth and read, my people! The reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on December 7, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #4 $3.99
ANIMAL MAN #4 $2.99
BAD DOINGS BIG IDEAS A BILL WILLINGHAM DLX HC (MR) $49.99
BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 01 NEW EDITION $29.99
BATWING #4 $2.99
BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 01 $19.99
DC COMICS PRESENTS CAPTAIN ATOM #1 $7.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #4 $2.99
GREEN ARROW #4 $2.99
HAWK AND DOVE #4 $2.99
HELLBLAZER ANNUAL #1 (MR) $4.99
HUNTRESS #3 (OF 6) $2.99
IZOMBIE #20 (MR) $2.99
JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $39.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #4 $2.99
LOONEY TUNES #204 $2.99
MEN OF WAR #4 $3.99
OMAC #4 $2.99
PENGUIN PAIN AND PREJUDICE #3 (OF 5) $2.99
RED LANTERNS #4 $2.99
SANDMAN TP VOL 07 BRIEF LIVES NEW ED (MR) $19.99
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #16 $2.99
STATIC SHOCK #4 $2.99
STORMWATCH #4 $2.99
SUPERBOY SMALLVILLE ATTACKS TP $24.99
SUPERMAN GROUNDED HC VOL 02 $22.99
SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN TP $19.99
SUPERNATURAL #3 (OF 6) $2.99
SWAMP THING #4 $2.99
SWEET TOOTH #28 (MR) $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #675 $3.99
ART OF SPIDER-MAN CLASSIC HC $49.99
AVENGERS WEST COAST AVENGERS PREM HC SINS PAST $34.99
AVENGERS WEST COAST AVENGERS PREM HC SINS PAST DM VAR ED 80 $34.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #2 WITH FREE DIGITAL CODE $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS TP $16.99
CRIMINAL TP VOL 06 LAST OF INNOCENT (MR) $14.99
DEADPOOL #47 $2.99
DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 09 INSTITUTIONALIZED $19.99
DEADPOOLMAX X-MAS SPECIAL #1 (MR) $4.99
DEFENDERS #1 $3.99
DEFENDERS #1 NEAL ADAMS INKED VAR (PP #995) $3.99
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 02 NEW ED $19.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #4 (OF 12) $2.99
HULK #45 $2.99
MOON KNIGHT #8 $3.99
PUNISHER #6 $2.99
SHIELD NICK FURY VS SHIELD PREM HC $39.99
SHIELD NICK FURY VS SHIELD PREM HC DM VAR ED 81 $39.99
SPIDER-MAN THROUGH DECADES TP $26.99
THOR DEVIANTS SAGA #2 (OF 5) $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN MUST HAVE #1 $4.99
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES MUST HAVE #1 $4.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN MUST HAVE #1 $4.99
VENOM #10 $2.99
VILLAINS FOR HIRE #1 (OF 4) $2.99
X-23 #18 $2.99
X-CLUB #1 (OF 5) $2.99
X-FACTOR #228 $2.99
X-MEN #22 XREGB $3.99
X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP NEW PTG $19.99
X-MEN WITH GREAT POWER TP $19.99
X-STATIX OMNIBUS HC $125.00

DARK HORSE COMICS

CLASSIC MARVEL CHARACTERS #3 IRON MAN $49.95

IMAGE COMICS

BLOOD RED DRAGON #2 $3.99
BREED III #7 (OF 7) (MR) $2.99
CHEW #22 $2.99
CHEW OMNIVORE ED HC VOL 02 (MR) $34.99
GIRLS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP (MR) $49.99
HACK SLASH #10 CVR A SEELEY & ENGLERT (MR) $3.50
HACK SLASH #10 CVR B CLOONAN (MR) $3.50
HACK SLASH ANNUAL 2011 HATCHET SLASH #1 CVR A (MR) $5.99
HACK SLASH ANNUAL 2011 HATCHET SLASH #1 CVR B (MR) $5.99
HEART #2 (OF 4) (MR) $2.99
LAST OF THE GREATS #3 CVR A PEEPLES $2.99
LAST OF THE GREATS #3 CVR B PLATI $2.99
MORIARTY #7 $2.99
REED GUNTHER #6 $2.99
SPAWN #214 $2.99
STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #3 (OF 6) (MR) $2.99
THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY #1 $2.99
WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #49 (MR) $2.99

IDW PUBLISHING

ANGEL AFTER THE FALL TP VOL 04 $19.99
CAPTAIN CANUCK COMPLETE ED TP $29.99
COLD WAR #3 $3.99
ETERNAL DESCENT VOL 2 #2 (OF 6) $3.99
GI JOE COBRA ONGOING TP VOL 01 COBRA CIVIL WAR $17.99
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #8 $3.99
HP LOVECRAFT THE DUNWICH HORROR #3 (OF 4) $3.99
JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES #4 (OF 5) $3.99
SHAMANS TEARS TP $29.99
STAR TREK CLASSICS TP TNG GORN CRISIS $15.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MICRO SERIES #1 RAPHAEL $3.99
TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #31 $3.99
TRUE BLOOD FRENCH QUARTER #4 (OF 6) $3.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Nice review. I always enjoyed OMAC, and am of the generation that read it in first release. It was something fresh and unusual at the time.

    Thanks!

    PS Might be helpful for the future...didn't you mean "acronym" instead of "anachronism?"

    December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  2. Emperor Norton

    I'll be picking up Avenging Spider-Man #2 – Zeb Wells is one of the most underrated writers out there – and X-Factor #228.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |