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    • CommentAuthorDouglas
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008 edited
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    "The protagonist is corporate nobody Buddy Blank, who is changed by a satellite called Brother Eye into the super-powered OMAC (One Man Army Corps). Enlisted by the Global Peace Agency, who police the world using pacifist means, OMAC battles the forces of conformity in this short-lived but legendary series that serves as a companion to the JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS series."

    So I have always wanted to read this series, but individual issues are rather pricey. I really enjoy what I have read of Kirby's stuff, and this looks crazy and awesome. There was a an excerpt that popped on scans_daily a few weeks ago, which can be seen at http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/4946568.html.


    It turns out that DC is publishing a hard cover collecting the 8 issues of OMAC! I've found it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Kirbys-O-M-C-Kirby/dp/1401217907


    Has anyone actually read this? Comics Should be Good loves the shit out of it. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/01/15/365-reasons-to-love-comics-15/

    Has anyone read the John Byrne mini-series? Is it good? I've heard it is really good from one or two people, and I can't find another thing on it anywhere.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
     (1235.2)
    The original had its moments. Byrne is just grim with his future. The Omac Project disgusted me - one of the reasons I only seem to like the DC "Animated" Universe these days.
    • CommentAuthorDouglas
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
     (1235.3)
    Could you elaborate a little bit, please?
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      CommentAuthororwellseyes
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008 edited
     (1235.4)
    Paul Pope did a short of OMAC for his issue of "SOLO" as well. I can't say if it was in line with the original Kirby or Byrne versions, but it was a great short piece.

    I picked up the first Kirby Omnibus, the wildness of his ideas is infectious.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
     (1235.5)
    For example, Kirby's Omac fought old rich oligarchs who wanted to buy youth at the expense of the young innocent worker class. Byrne's hero fought wannabe empire builders. The defended rewarded him with a combination of food and by having sex with their healthiest teen aged breeders; And, then it became a Time Travel farce. Project Omac was just not my thing.
    • CommentAuthorBill Reed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2008
     (1235.6)
    It's one of my personal favorite Kirby pieces (well, I did write that CSBG piece). Not his best, I'm sure-- that's New Gods-- but it's relentlessly crazy and wonderful in its insanity. Build-a-Friends, faceless peacekeepers, cities rented out as assassination arenas, sentient satellites, giant monsters, brain transplants, OMAC taking out a roomful of guys with one punch-- it's loaded with the regular Kirby madness. OMAC is pure comics, and I will fight anyone who disagrees.

    The hardcover will be an exquisite pleasure to behold.