Imagine that you and your family are out for a drive along a winding coast road. You are innocently sitting in the backseat talking with your parents. Father is at the helm as mother talks over the seat with you about school. It’s a beautiful day, the car windows are open and the sea breeze is wafting across your face. Suddenly! Something goes wrong, the automobile careens left, then right, before it completely spins out of control, off the road, and over a tall embankment. Everything goes black.
The next thing you know you open your eyes and find yourself laying in the grass. In the distance the smoldering remains of your car. Beside you is your mother’s severed head, but there’s something else. You can see that your mother is some kind of android! What’s this?!? Your decapitated robot mother is speaking to you? Using strange cryptic phrases in a way you’ve never heard her speak before your mother’s head gives you some kind of weird warning before it seemingly self-destructs into a melted pile of sparking goo.
Yes, that’s pretty much the first issue of Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes’ Omega the Unknown.
In the story these strange, terrifying, and mysterious events send the young main character, James-Michael, off on an enigmatic dual plot parallel with the equally strange and silent hero Omega. Somehow the two are linked, and over the course of the 12 issue story arc all is slowly revealed.
Continuing my horror run of comic book panels for Halloween I present this creepy work by Omega the Unknown artist Jim Mooney and once again taking this opportunity to showcase the writing of Steve Gerber whom I talked about in THIS recent Friday Funny Pages a few weeks back. Gerber is one of my favorites and Omega the Unknown, in my opinion, is one of his best works. Weird, stylized, unique, and unlike any other superhero story. The epic of James-Michael and Omega was intended for a much longer run and was supposed to be an unfolding mystery that was gradually developed and fleshed out. However the series only made it 10 issues and was later wrapped up in Gerber’s Defenders run. However even in that rushed state there is some deep poignancy to the ultimate conclusion to the Omega saga which fostered a long running cult fandom and appreciation for Gerber and Skrenes’ project. If you’re looking for a unique comic reading experience with a few familiar Marvel faces I highly suggest investigating the mysterious Omega the Unknown!
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