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Review: The Omega Men #2

The Omega Men #2 cover
Cover by Keith Giffen and Mike DeCarlo

The Omega Men #2
Published and © by DC, May 1983

Title: “The Sacred and the Profane!”
Synopsis: The Omega Men struggle to survive in the wake of a nuke-bomb attack on Broot’s homeworld, Changralyn.

Writer (plot): Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen
Writer (script): Slifer
Penciler: Giffen
Inker: Mike DeCarlo

Review: While less excessive than its debut (see review), Roger Slifer’s Omega Men is still no study in subtly. Everything here is ramped to the max: Tigorr is a more agressive Wolverine, with Primus playing the role of a sissier Cyclops. Their relationship isn’t just strained, it’s unpleasant. The moral musings here are equally unsubtle, though exploring the role of pacifism in this dark-and-gritty corner of the DC Universe does hold readers’ interest. The slick, polished art of Keith Giffen and Mike DeCarlo is a perfect fit for this sci-fi saga. The Omega Men is settling in and holds promise.

Grade: B

Cool factor: There undoubtedly a whiff of cool here. Now, if the creative team can just unlock it.

Character quotable: “Sheer, raw ability always wins out.” – Tigorr, not a big fan of nuance

A word from the creator: “It’s like watching your baby growing up, evolving, becoming not exactly the mirror-image of yourself, but something unique, something special.” – Marv Wolfman, co-creator of The Omega Men, on what it’s like to watch other talent bring your characters to life, from the “Of Omegans and Men” essay in this issue

Editor’s note: This review was written Nov. 26, 2020.

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