The Omac Project

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 229 0
Available 23 January 2006

The satellite is not only tracking the planet's citizens...
but also the movements of every metahuman on Earth. Originally designed by the Batman, Brother I has been usurped by the government's Checkmate spy division. Worse, Checkmate has also been hijacked by the insane Maxwell Lord, who has reprogrammed the satellite to serve his twisted goals. Checkmate is struggling for it's survival and Earth's superheroes have to contend with OMACs, normal humans who can be turned into armoured warriors with a single command...

The OMAC Project is part of the Infinite Crisis series of graphic novels - an unnecessarily complicated titled line of stories that encompasses Crisis on Infinite Earths as well as a range of other themed release (including JLA and Superman tales) and concludes with the release of Infinite Crisis later this year (2006).

Batman's secret weapon, the Brother I satellite is now in the hands of the mysterious Checkmate group - which means that they know everything that Batman does, including every superhero's secret identity. Not only that, but the new head of the group, the insane Maxwell Lord, now has the ability to transform any human into an invulnerable killing machine known as an OMAC.

One of the biggest problems with this collection is the fact that the teaser on the back of the book gives away a little too much information. A third of the way through this story, something unexpectedly happens to one of the characters. Unfortunately this was mentioned in the teaser, and spoiled the revelation.

For those who are unfamiliar with Checkmate, Maxwell Lord, or Sasha Bordeaux, there is a brief introduction at the start of this collection that will help you to know everything you need in order to enjoy this tale fully.

The writing and art work is top notch, and only the most hard to please comic reader will not find something of merit in this pleasing collection.

Nick Smithson

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