Monday, April 11, 2005

Preview Review: THE OMAC PROJECT

THE OMAC PROJECT, the first of DC’s follow up mini-series to COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS, begins just seconds before the end of that book. Sasha Bordeaux – Batman’s old flame and CHECKMATE Knight – hears the shot that ends, rather messily, the life of Ted Kord, aka Blue Beetle. And she’s not happy about it.

In the five interior preview pages (not counting the awesome cover and a spoiler-space page) for THE OMAC PROJECT, we are made privy to a whole slew of clues to how bad things are going to get. Although it is tough to trust all the information, given that much of it is Sasha’s narration and may not be reliable or even honest, we can give her the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

1.) Max rules the roost. Apparently, the CHECKMATE organization has built in checks and balances, including two kings and two queens. From Sasha’s perspective, though, only one king counts: Max Lord, the Black King.

2.) Sasha’s only loyal out of fear. Apparently, the Knights are under constant surveillance and any wrong move would – well, she doesn’t say but it doesn’t seem like a pleasant prospect, given the look on her face and the pool of brains and blood where Beetle once was.

3.) This one comes outside of Sasha’s narration and so is as real a truth as we are likely to see: Batman created OMAC and may have done the damage to the files that Lord originally blamed on Beetle. All the meta-human files were wiped out – JLA files, S.T.A.R. labs files, and D.E.O. files – and Lord believes Batman was responsible. Whether this is the case is unknown, since it is certainly possible that someone knows all of Batman’s secrets.

4.) What’s left “oddly” untouched is the “OMAC Elimination Protocols.” Whatever these protocols are, they are enough for Lord to order the apparently autonomous OMAC to begin surveillance on “all known meta-human associates of Ted Kord…”

This preview does its job admirably – just enough information is given to make us wonder what’s going on, and at the same time we are introduced to a sympathetic character within the ranks of what appears to otherwise be a villainous government conspiracy. The art is top notch and the characters expressive. Rucka’s prose shines as usual, though we don’t really have enough to judge pacing or plot on yet.

It is too early to give THE OMAC PROJECT a rating, but the preview is – as far as previews go – a full 10 out of 10.

The preview is available as a .pdf download at the DC Comics website.

2 Comments:

Blogger planetzeist said...

if i am a non-regular DC reader, how am i supposed to know about a 10 page preview on the DC comics website?

9:47 PM  
Blogger ReynardEller said...

I am not sure why you are asking me. I just report what I find, man. In the end, how DC markets the series is up to them.

10:54 PM  

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