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Fun with numbers: O.M.A.C. and the New 52′s ‘Second Wave’

For the most part, news that DC Comics is canceling six titles from the initial New 52 didn’t come as much of a shock — with one possible exception. The critically acclaimed O.M.A.C. by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen is marked for cancellation with Issue 8, alongside the other fledgling series whose sales have foundered.

While DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras expounded on both the “Second Wave” of the New 52 and the reason for the cancellations, the fact remains that, month-to-month, O.M.A.C. has been a consistent all-star in reviews, even going so far as to be the No. 52 title on CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2011.

Wait … No. 52? Fifty-two as in, “The New 52″?

Whether it was dumb luck or a harbinger of things to come, that is indeed the slot O.M.A.C. took in CBR’s Top 100 of 2011, a fitting piece of offbeat trivia for one of the quirkiest books of the DC relaunch.

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I read part of the first issue and didn’t get the appeal at all. It seemed like a shadow of what it was admiring in other titles. I also didn’t notice all sterling reviews — seemed pretty mixed to me. At any rate, I’m glad to see the title make way for something else, even if only two of the newly announced books actually catch my interest.

I think it’s a real shame. I reallly enjoyed the freewheeling, “out there” vibe it had going.

Agreed. OMAC was perhaps the most original, fun & visually unique of all the New 52. It didnt deserve to be lumped in with the other low quality books that were axed :(

I was expecting Batwing to get the axe, but I think that would have been all of the DC books with an ethnic lead character.

I haven’t heard much about this so maybe it’s just me but I disliked the art so much that I couldn’t even finish the first issue. Same with Hawk & Dove.

Of all the New 52 titles, O.M.A.C. was the one that remembered it was a comic book and had the over-the-top Kirby antics with modern flair it needed to be to claim the title of O.M.A.C. Its also one of the few titles on the shelves today that could give you a self-contained story in each issue that built up into a meta plot as opposed to the decompressed storytelling you see running rampant in titles these days.

Last issue, O.M.A.C. featured cyber sewer alligators!

I’m still waiting for *that* in any of the other new 52….

It’s pretty easy to see that it was based on sales and not quality. From the December sales estimates, these were 6 of the bottom 7 selling books of the new 52. I say 7 because Captain Atom sold slightly less than Hawk and Dove, but didn’t get cancelled. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the ongoing trend for DC. When they want to launch a new wave of ongoings, cancel the lower selling titles.

It was a fun title and sometimes that’s all you need to be. I’m more interested in done in one stories at the moment and O.M.A.C provided that. I’m sure many didn’t give the book a chance due to Didios’ name in the credits. Others may have seen the Kirby-inspired art and kept it moving. For some, the mohawk was a deal breaker. I, personally, liked the quirkiness and just tell a single issue of story format that the book had. It was a good book. Not the first good book to get made nor the first to be cancelled. Enjoyed it while it was published.

OMAC was a fun book. I’ll miss it.

OMAC was my favorite of the “New 52″. I wish it was sticking around longer.

Oh crud! That was my favorite.

Kirby’s original OMAC series was cancelled at issue 8 in the middle of a storyline, too. Coincidence?

I really enjoy OMAC. Not sure where he will end up but hopefully the character will be in good hands. He’s tailor-made for a super team.

OMAC was the best fight comic published by the big two last year. Of course it was never going to last.

Marak The Merciless

January 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’m mourning the end of Dan Didio’s OMAC and Ivan Brandon’s Men of War… Two of the best out of the New 52′s, imho.

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