I loved Jack Kirby's output for DC in the '70s, no matter how crazy or incomprehensible it was. One of my favorites was OMAC (One Man Army Corps), a story set on a future Earth, dealing with a satellite called Brother Eye and it's ability to transform milquetoast Buddy Blank into OMAC, a superhuman fighting machine with perhaps the coolest hairdo ever in comics. OMAC didn't last long as a series and, except for a well-done limited series by John Byrne, was pretty much forgotten; however, I have always held it closely to my heart. So imagine my excitement when I learn that a critical element of DC's major Infinite Crisis storyline involves the "Brother I" satellite and its war against superhumans, carried out by humans which it has transformed into... superhuman fighting machines!
This trade paperback collects the single-issue COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS, THE OMAC PROJECT #1-6, AND WONDER WOMAN #219... plenty of reading for your dollar. The writers are Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns, and Judd Winick, and overall, they do a bang-up job. I won't go into details of the plot, because too much info would spoil it. In short: the Blue Beetle begins to get a bit paranoid after Kord Industries is robbed, as well as having multiple attempts made on his life. He uncovers a conspiracy that is obvious to him, but unfortunately, the other heroes won't listen, much to their eventual shame. If you are new to the DC Universe, this story on its own might be a bit muddled and overwhelming. My suggestion is to pick up the 80-page PRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISIS, which will help to set the stage for this story and others to come in the "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" lineup. If you are a seasoned reader of DC, this story will expand greatly on several elements of stories from years past: the perception of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold in the DCU and Maxwell Lord's involvement with the '80s Justice League were two angles that greatly pleased a long-time reader like me. The artwork, by Jesus Saiz, Rags Morales, Ed Benes, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, Jose Ladronn, and others, is consistenly spectacular.
So I liked this series for shaking up the DCU a bit, but what I really appreciated was that DC has given a classic property a second chance (and an origin of sorts). I always ask myself why DC and Marvel feel the need to create so many new characters for their stories, instead of mining their rich histories for something that can do the job just as well. Looks like DC asked themselves the same thing. The result is fantastic.