The Only Review You Need This Week

 

 

OMAC LIVES–
SO THAT MAN MAY LIVE!!

 

That’s right, folks: This week saw the release of Jack Kirby’s OMAC in DC’s Omnibus format, and I’ve got to say: It’s absolutely gorgeous.

As you can tell from the cover above, it was designed along the same lines as Fourth World books, and while I would’ve liked to see a cover with OMAC hurling a dismembered sex doll at the reader–since, you know, that’s what’s on the cover to #1–the recolored version of the color to #6 just pops right out with the action that’s typical of the series.

Plus, just like the Fourth World books, the cover beneath the dust-jacket is a huge blowup of the original page:

 

 

As for the content… Well, I’ve made my feelings about OMAC pretty clear over the years, and while the Fourth World stories are probably his best work, it’s not much of a stretch to say that OMAC is my favorite Jack Kirby comic, and definitely one of my favorite series of all time. And while it has the same lightweight paper as the Fourth World books–which, incidentally, they avoided with the all-glossy, all-awesome Starman Omnibus–getting a vibrant, hardcover treatment of pages like this

 

 

…just makes me happy.

Still, despite the top-notch presentation, I’m sad to say that the OMAC Omnibus is still incomplete. The issues are all there–although the Starlin stories from Warlord and the DC Comics Presents issue are still uncollected in trade–but unfortunately, it lacks the text pieces that ran in the original series.

That might seem like a pretty small thing, but to be honest, the text piece in #1 is one of my favorite parts of the series, if only to see how precient Kirby really was:

You and I know darn well that we’re eating hamburgers and drinking milk shakes in a world where missiles are hunting missiles, where people are cruising 12,000 feet below the sea, and computers in Chicago are exchanging the time of day with computers in New York.

Any hatful of concepts today would flip out Captain Nemo and turn Dr. Frankenstein into a depressed catatonic.

Think about OMAC: If fantasy can become reality, what kind of man will it take to contend with the World That’s Coming?

Aside from the text piece in Devil Dinosaur–which, by the way, is included in that omnibus–where Kirby said that he was depicting historical fact right before the aliens showed up to fight the cavemen and super-dinosaurs, it’s probably my favorite thing he ever wrote.

So, as a service to you, the burgeoning OMAC fan, allow me to present the text piece from OMAC #1 in its entirety:

 

(Click to Brother-Eye size it)

 

Enjoy!

 

Reviews for the rest of the week’s comics will be up tomorrow. Not only did pretty much EVERYTHING come out this week, but despite what you may have heard from Godless heathen Canadians, comics shipped a day late.

21 thoughts on “The Only Review You Need This Week

  1. Heathen Canadian, right here! Don’t worry. We’ll get ours delayed for both Thanksgivings, both the real one, and American one.

  2. where Kirby said that he was depicting historical fact right before the aliens showed up to fight the cavemen and super-dinosaurs

    are you implying that there were no aliens fighting cavemen and super-dinosaurs in the prehistoric era and that Jack Kirby made it all up?

  3. Of all the Kings im likely to believe in regard to historical fact, Kirby is number 1, closely followed in aproximate order by Elvis, Tut, Kong, Steven, George the III and Jesus’ current representatives. Hail hail.

  4. Oh shit! My copy did not ship this week.

    Maybe that’s good, because I also had the Starman book and Hellboy vol 8. I couldn’t have afforded this too.

    Maybe next week…

  5. Oh man, the OMAC collection. I need this. Reading about OMAC on the ISB convinced me to buy the original Kirby issues-I managed to find all of them in a local bookstore for a total of $80-I really don’t want to make a habit out of reading them, obviously. This book is a godsend, because OMAC=awesome. Where else can you get OMAC defeating an army of bad guys armed only with THE EJECTION SEAT OF HIS PLANE? I mean the damned thing had more weapons than the plane did!

    That is awesome.

  6. Very cool. I have never read an issue of OMAC but your posts here have made me very interested in the series. The lack of text pieces is disappointing, as I also enjoyed them in the Devil Dinosaur HC (a series I actually remembered from my youth).

  7. Ooooh!

    Time to get on the horn to the library (wich has all four of the Fourth World Omnibus editions) and see if they’ll order this one as well.

  8. Where the hell is a Kirby OMAC, DC Direct?

    I’ve only read the DC Comics Presents and the Warlord back-ups (because Warlord, that’s why!) so keep the scans coming!

  9. It is exactly 6 days until my birthday. If I don’t have one gift with “Jack Kirby” on the cover, I am disowning my friends and family.

    If that gift also has “OMAC” on the cover, I am buying my friends and family soft-serve ice cream cones. But they have to get their own damn sprinkles. After all, it’s my birthday.

  10. I love the way Kirby just seems to off-handedly throw out one awesome concept after another — no wonder it was easy to get excited about comics.

  11. “Cop and Criminal Communicate in the World That’s Coming!”

    One would think this would lead to mutual understanding. Apparently is just leads to a bigger BOOMM.

  12. Well said and well researched, Chris! It’s worth noting that apparently Buddy Blank was very nearly the Captain America of the future… at least according to Madcap Mark Evanier’s intro in this opulent OMAC omnibus!

    Keep Making Yours Awesome, oh Invincible One!
    Smiley

  13. Kirby’s rant on OMAC #1’s text page is brilliant writing.

    What would Kirby have done with Computo? Clearly, OMAC and Brother Eye could stop Computo… am I right?

    All OMAC needs is that rocket attack plane with the ejection seat and the goo that eats tanks.

  14. I mourn the loss of text pieces in comics. One reason I seek out originals (instead of omnibi etc.) is reprints rarely include text pieces, lettercols, and so forth.