That’s got to be the goofiest transformational declarations this side of “SHAZAM!” The thing is, as wacky as that phrase is, this comic is just as wacky and twice as fun. It all works.
This issue continues to make a complete train wreck of Kevin Kho’s life, as Brother Eye attempts to put all sorts of constraints on what Kevin can and can’t do, who he can tell, and even where he can go. Feeling more than a little smothered by Brother Eye, Kevin starts to try to find ways out from underneath the watch of his “Brother.”
Keith Giffen and Dan DiDio write Kevin as that guy you and I know from that cube down the hall/apartment around the corner/house down the street. You know him, but you don’t really know him. You see him about, but never bother to get to know him. When he’s gone, however, you truly notice him and things just aren’t quite right until he’s back.
Kevin experiences a couple reunions of that nature as he returns to his house, his job, and his girlfriend. On those fronts, Kevin Kho gets welcomed back as an everyman (think Peter Parker) and things don’t happen the way he had hoped.
Naturally, that’s a perfect time for Mokarri, Max Lord, and some bio-gators to strike. The bio-gators — cannily drawn by Giffen with deft inks by Scott Koblish and striking colors by Hi-Fi — are a wonderfully wacky comic book threat that puts a whole new spin on the legend of sewer alligators. Giffen doesn’t stop there, though. This entire issue is just as Kirbyesque as the issues that have preceded it. In some spots, it’s darn near impossible to believe that Giffen didn’t somehow channel Kirby in a method not unlike the way O.M.A.C. is thrust upon Kevin Kho. There’s plenty of Kirby krackle to be found in these pages and lots of dynamic figure work as well.
“O.M.A.C.” is a distinctly DC comic that isn’t afraid to be quite unlike other comics while also playing up the main thing that makes comics so darned entertaining: suspension of disbelief. This book is a mega-blockbuster, high-octane, popcorn flick transcribed to paper. DiDio and Giffen do a great job paying tribute to Jack Kirby specifically and DC Comics in general. This is the one comic from the relaunch that surprised me, continues to surprise, and seems poised to offer even more surprises in the near future.