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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 175

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

After featuring the original Omega the Unknown, let’s take a look at Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple’s take on the series!

Enjoy!

Acclaimed novelist wrote the series with the assistance of Karl Rusnak, and Dalrymple was colored by Paul Hornschemeier, who definitely had a major influence on how the art looked.

To start off, the series is very similar to the original Gerber/Skrenes/Mooney series, although with an even more bizarre take on what was already a very bizarre plot…

That is a very effective opening.

Like the original, the boy wakes up and has a hard time interacting with people.

And like the original, bad guys show up to attack the boy and “Omega” shows up to help him and the boy discovers he has odd powers…

From here on out, though, Lethem and Dalrymple deliver a story even more bizarre than Gerber and Skrenes, only it is a story that is steeped in strong character-heavy stuff, in particular the way that Omega’s sheer innocence tends to lead to others trying to help him.

Lethem does a particularly good job with the boy’s school life…

Meanwhile, a new character, the Mink, is the main villain in the series. The Mink is an ego-maniacal “superhero” who has franchised himself to the point of absurdity, as seen in this snippet of a Mink comic that Omega reads when he is kidnapped by the Mink…

The Mink is a real odd bird, especially when his hand gets “infected” with nano-technology, so it turns against him until he cuts it off. That doesn’t stop his hand, however…

This was a trippy series, but one that was very heartfelt at its core.

A worthy successor to the original!

5 Comments

I wish someone would sit me down and explain this comic to me. I don’t think I quite “got” it– but I also haven’t read it all in one go, which would probably help.

Wow, this looks amazing, onto the Amazon wish list!

I loved this series. The characters were so interesting and deep. The Mink, especially, was always entertaining. Sam Rockwell in IM2 kind of reminded me of The Mink, actually.

I thought the boy in this version was a lot more like people I’ve actually seen and met than the boy in the original Omega.

Farel Dalrymple is such an amazing artist. Re-reading this series, I think he would be superb on the next (apparent) volume of Batman and Robin, giving it the kind of detailed weirdness that Quitely, Stewart, and Clarke gave the first volume.

Something about the art leaves me cold. I can see it is purposeful and atmospheric. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.

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