“The Omega Men” wraps up at the end of this month, and its penultimate chapter sets up an explosive conclusion. While it’s not the most gripping issue in the series to date, Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda and Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s “The Omega Men” #11 clearly leads into what’s to come in the final installment just around the corner.
The only way to stop the Citadel once and for all is to unite the rest of the Vega System. We saw some of that already in “The Omega Men” #10, where the team forced the Citadel to veer away from their targeted world. In issue #11, King sends the different members of the Omega Men to different locations within Vega, each rallying a different group of inhabitants to rise up against the Citadel.
It’s a familiar storytelling tactic, simultaneously giving us glimpses into how each different group needs to be courted (or threatened) and also providing some good character work on each member of the team. While Kyle Rayner still comes across as the most heroic and Princess Kalista as the least so, King is careful to give us a good range of in-betweens. After all, you can be self-serving within the greater good for others, right? In many ways, “The Omega Men” #11 is a series of small last hurrahs for all of the characters, since presumably the final issue will have much a larger, series-spanning turn of events.
Bagenda and Fajardo’s work on “The Omega Men” has been a real joy to look at, and this issue is no exception. Bagenda’s usage of the nine panel grid — both in sticking to it, and knowing when to it break down — has been excellent, almost overshadowing the fact that these are some great looking characters and settings. He’s able to handle the big moments, like day 37 of the war, with great ease. He makes ships fighting amidst massive buildings look intriguing, and Fajardo’s colors add a soft touch, even while he’s still not afraid to use all sorts of shades and hues that work wonderfully together. At the same time, the little, quiet moments — like when Kalista purses lips in a careful, confident smile — come across as chilling, even as the character involved expresses joy.
I’m really going to miss King, Bagenda and Fajardo’s work together, and hopefully it won’t be too long until they create something else. While “The Omega Men” #11 might not be full of jolts and surprises like some previous issues — and to be fair, with the stage needing to be set for the conclusion, I’m more than fine with that — it’s still a satisfying read that makes me eager to see how everything wraps up next month. That’s a sign of talented storytellers.