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Jack Kirby's OMAC: One Man Army Corps

by Jack Kirby

Publisher: DC Comics

Format: Hardcover, full color, $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-4012-1790-7

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Through a powerful satellite known as Brother Eye, the Global Peace Agency transforms mild-mannered Buddy Blank into the muscled, mohawked One Man Army Corps. In an age when large armies are banned and atomic weapons strike terror into the hearts of men, OMAC—with the aid of Brother Eye—can perform superhuman feats of strength and power, allowing him to triumph over criminals. The original eight-issue comic appeared in 1974–5, and the original artwork has been reconstructed for this handsome edition. Several of Kirby's uncolored pencil sketches are included between issues. The themes of unchecked technological advancement, globalization, and, of course, good versus evil will ring true with teens. Fans of Captain America should find this particularly interesting, but it is a good read for any fan of old-school superhero comics.—Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood