Omega the Unknown

Omega the Unknown

Graphic Novel - 2008
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The story of a mute, reluctant super hero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny - and the legion of robots and nanoviruses that have been sent from afar to hunt the two of them down
Publisher: New York : Marvel Pub., c2008.
ISBN: 9780785130529
Branch Call Number: GN LETHEM J
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm.


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Mar 18, 2019

This graphic novel has a unique place in the history of comics. There was a period when a few artists and writers made a focussed effort to create comics that would offer more than slam-bang entertainment. One of them was Steve Gerber, who deserves a biography. His most famous creation was Howard the Duck, though Man-Thing was often amazing (though competing with Alan Moore's Swamp Thing). Near the end of his career, Gerber completed a short run on Omega the Unknown, an alien. The first issue is a kind of cult classic, but the book was quickly canceled, and Gerber in some way really let loose, though in a frustrated way, and in any case did not have enough issues to finish the tale. Jonathan Lethem, the author of "Fortress of Solitude" and other noted novels, remembered his thrill when he first read the comic, and resurrected the title, taking a break from his regular writing career to do a 10-issue revival of Omega for Marvel comics. He stuck to the original ideas in the story line, but removed the standard popular, Marvel requirements, such as a battle with Electro, a flashy, but second banana super-villain. The results are a very unique graphic novel about which I cannot directly say much without creating spoilers, except to say that if you want a unique super-hero experience, this is for you.

Mark_Daly Aug 11, 2013

Pretty good. Lethem and Rusnak draft a clean, kind of a YA paranoid sci-fi adventure story, and Dalrymple's scratchy art gives it an approachable (but still cool) indy vibe. I suppose it gains some resonance if you remember the original cult-favorite comic from the 1970s, but it's just fine as it is. The correspondences with the original are acknowledged in an afterward. Dig the Gary Panter art they snuck into the seventh issue.


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