The quirky, innovative tribute comic known as “O.M.A.C.” continues to bring wacky, zany ideas to the new DC Universe. “O.M.A.C.” #7 introduces Prince Tuftan, a “Command D,” Symian and the Evil Factory! All of these concepts are undoubtedly familiar to readers of classic Jack Kirby DC comics, but this issue continues to introduce those concepts and fold them into the relaunched universe — something this book has done extraordinarily well. The best part of all these wacky introductions (at least to this reviewer who grew up in Toledo, Ohio) is the connection shared between the Evil Factory and the Toledo Zoo. That’s right: the Toledo Zoo.
The seeming randomness and collision of concepts is the hallmark of this series and the highlight of this issue in particular. Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen have paid multiple tributes to Jack Kirby by infusing his concepts and names with new looks, motivation and interactions. Tuftan doesn’t serve alongside Kamandi here, he teams with Kevin Kho, who in turn Omactivates to help Trustan in his struggles. This is the sort of alliance that is only forged so wonderfully in comics. The coupling of these concepts and characters is delightful and unexpected. Sure, it may appear as though Giffen and DiDio are simply throwing concepts against the wall to see what sticks, but the passion and innovation they pour into this comic and these characters makes this book a fabulous adventure into worlds that can only exist thanks to the frontiersman efforts of Jack Kirby. There are a couple little strange decisions that affect the outcome of this installment, but given the brevity of “O.M.A.C,” those decisions may have been the beginnings of plans that will never see fruition.
Giffen and DiDio add an appearance by Superman, which finally provides an interesting level setting for O.M.A.C.’s powers and abilities. The two red- and blue-clad characters trade blows in the opening four pages of this issue in a fantastic example of both the fun of the book and the amazing match of this art team. Both O.M.A.C. and Superman are red and blue in appearance, but Hi-Fi shifts O.M.A.C.’s appearance towards teal, giving the titular titan a greenish hue preventing him from blending into his Kryptonian sparring partner’s costume. Giffen doesn’t hold back on filling every panel and page with detail, drama and dynamic storytelling. You can almost hear the bricks scraping against one another as O.M.A.C. smashes through a wall in the opening splash page. Giffen and Koblish put so much weight into these characters and their surroundings, which is only appropriate given how close a visual homage they are paying to Kirby.
There’s only one issue left of “O.M.A.C.,” and this issue has been a delightful romp. “O.M.A.C.” is everything I wanted in comics as a kid: wild concepts, fun characters, unexpected surprises, bombastic adventure and entertainment. It’s a damn shame more people haven’t found their wallets pointed in the direction of this title, as there truly is no other book on the stands that innovates while paying tribute so marvelously.