Review: The Omega Men #6

The Omega Men #6 cover
Cover by Keith Giffen and Mike DeCarlo

The Omega Men #6
Published and © by DC, September 1983

Title: “Victory!”
Synopsis: The Vegan resistance, led by Tigorr and his Omegans, lay siege to the Citadel capital in a quest for freedom.

Writer: Roger Slifer
Penciler: Keith Giffen
Inker: Mike DeCarlo

Review: The Citadel War storyline ends in a familiar fashion for this series: With a story long on promise and short on execution. At first, this issue seems to pick up right after the final panel of #5 (see review). But Tigorr is now wearing military finery with new characters at his side. Meanwhile, old plot lines predating this series are brought in without introduction. (Who the heck is Auron, anyway?) There are some decent moments scattered throughout this climatic issue, but earlier chapters did not do enough character development or world-building to deliver an emotional payoff. File under “missed opportunity.”

Grade: B

Cool factor: While not quite up to the standard of his work on Legion of Super-Heroes, Keith Giffen certainly has a claim to being the preeminent sci-fi comics artist of the Bronze Age.
Not-so-cool factor: The big reveal that the Citadel is basically a B-list knockoff of Marvel’s Kree Empire was … less than satisfying.

Character quotable:We won!” – Tigorr (who can apparently survive being present at the heart of a nuclear blast – that’s one tough cat!)

Editor’s note: This review was written April 26, 2021.

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