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The OMAC Project

“...Long Live the King!”

Volume 1, Issue 5, October 2005
Released August 24, 2005

Cover Price: $2.50
Guide Price: $2.50 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 96,754 Rating
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The OMAC Project, Vol. 1, #5. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Greg Rucka
Pencillers: Cliff Richards, Jesus Saiz
Inkers: Jesus Saiz, Bob Wiacek
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

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Cover Description: An OMAC destroys several oversized chess pieces. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Brother Eye unleashes the full force of the OMACs against the DC Heroes.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK XII armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This miniseries is one of four that lead into the Infinite Crisis mini-series. In this issue, Booster Gold and the Justice League International fights back against the OMACs.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected in The OMAC Project.

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Page 4, panel 1
Booster Gold, Fire, Guy Gardner, Mary Marvel, and Metamorpho arrive in Moscow, Russia to defend Rocket Red #4 and Martian Manhunter from an OMAC unit. All of the heroes except Mary Marvel were members of Maxwell Lord's United Nations-sponsored Justice League International. Mary Marvel was a member of Maxwell Lord's Super Buddies alongside Booster, Fire, and Gardner.

Page 5, panel 2
POWER DOWN: Seen through the computer display of Brother Eye, Booster Gold directs the team against the Brother Eye. One of Booster's long hidden strengths is his very rarely demonstrated leadership ability, honed as the greatest quarterback of the 25th century. On the computer displays in this page, it is clear that the Brother Eye views Booster as a low level threat, classifying him as an "Epsilon" threat. Epsilon is the fifth letter in the Greek alphabet, behind Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. Booster's companions are all presumably higher "Alpha" and "Beta" threats except for Fire, who is also an "Epsilon."

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Page 7, panel 3
Despite apparently defeating one OMAC units, two more rise to take its place in combat against Booster and company. OMAC, or Observational Meta-human Activity Construct, is a nanobot virus dominated human being, manipulated by the Brother Eye to combat super-powered individuals.

Page 10, panel 2
POWER DOWN: After admitting that he cannot remember "who dies here," Booster vows that the OMACs will not kill another of his friends. Booster reveals to Rocket Red #4 his plan to detonate his power supply in close proximity to the OMACs to destroy them in a suicide attack. But when Booster's power suit is destroyed by a concentrated blast from an OMAC...

Page 11, panel 5

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Boosterrific Review: At last the heroes respond to the threat of the Brother I satellite with satisfying violence, their stock-in-trade (which, to be fair, is the reason that most of us read the genre of super hero comic books). The art of Jesus Saiz sparkles as the Justice League International returns to form against OMAC agents. Once again, another minor character is sacrificed for the story, but at least this death feels entirely organic, if sadly tragic.

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

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