TJ Dietsch reviews Jack Kirby's OMAC.
I bought the first issue off the newsstand in 1974, and the story, about suicide-bomber sex-robots, blew my mind.
DC recently released an anthology of all 8 issues of the short-lived series.
Which brings us to Buddy Blank, a regular dude who works for Build-A-Friend until he's selected by the faceless Peace Agency to become the One Man Army Corps. When OMAC takes over, Buddy disappears, but does return later on in the series.
Over the next 8 issues, Kirby throws OMAC against everything from a rented city of assassins trying to kill him, a giant spider-like monster, future gangsters, a vast cloning ring, a mad scientist stealing the Earth's water and more. Kirby's wild pencils really bring these out-there concepts to life, punching you in the eyes with incredibly crisp pencils.