Monday, May 02, 2005

SPOILER Review: THE OMAC PROJECT #1

Hopefully, you have managed to get your hands on THE OMAC PROJECT #1. It seems from various message boards that the book was under printed for the demand, even though DC did a 50% overprinting, and some people didn’t get copies at all. If you are one of those people, and are planning on waiting for the second printing, you might want to skip this one.
My First Look review gave an overview of the book and my general impressions. I won’t repeat myself here, so if you want to know what I think outside this issue’s revelations about INFINITE CRISIS, skim down a couple of entries and read that review. This one is going to be more of a laundry list of spoilers.
So let’s get to it.
1) Max lord is a bad, bad man. Having become Checkmate’s Black King, he has (according to Sasha Bordeaux, Checkmate Knight and former love interest of Batman) taken complete control of the organization and is a murderous bastard. The implication is pretty clear that he has killed more people than just Blue Beetle, and plans to take out more of them. The “Brother I” -- created by Batman and stolen, somehow, by Lord -- has the capability to keep tabs on metas around the world. Exactly how this works isn’t entirely clear, but it does seem to include agents on the ground (but whether these are normal humans, some sort of robots, or something in between is unclear). Of course, there’s also cameras in Wayne Manor, so whatever the extents of surveillance, they are quite serious.
2) Sasha Bordeaux isn’t happy about what max lord has done to Checkmate. It is obvious that she has traitorous thoughts, but she is making every effort -- including setting up another agent to look like a traitor and maker herself look like a good soldier -- to appear on the right side. So far, it looks like she is doing a good job, but how long can that really last -- especially since the “big reveal” of the issue is a note from Sasha to her old flame telling Batman that he is no longer in control of “Brother I’ and him making the leap that Blue Beetle has been killed.
3) Wonder Woman and Booster Gold are on the trail! Well, sort of. As the only one of the Trinity to give Beetle the time of day during COUNTDOWN, the Amazon Princess comes looking for Booster -- who happens to be getting punked by a disappointed fan boy at the time -- when Beetle fails to resurface after beginning his investigation. WW believes something horrible has happened to Beetle (I think having one’s grey matter spread across the floor of a super secret government agency stronghold at the hands of a formerly trusted ally counts) and she and Booster begin the search together.
4) Not really a spoiler so much as an idea -- we are shown a full view of the “Brother I” satellite in space at the end of the issue. Is it me, or does that thing bear more than a passing resemblance to the insane, intelligence sun from DC ONE MILLION from a few years ago? If so, expect it to morph into a Superman/JLA level threat by the end of the series.
As a first issue goes, I give it a thumbs up. Enough is revealed that you don’t feel like you wasted your money, but not so much that further issues seem redundant.

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