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Monday, December 28, 2015 

Graeme McMillan sugarcoats the Omega Men remake

The pretentious comics columnist now working for the Hollywood Reporter listed his picks for 2015, and thinks the remake of the far superior 1983-86 DC series is a classic:
Tom King and Barnady Bagenda's reboot of the obscure space opera property is, in many ways, the anti-Guardians of the Galaxy: an unapologetically complex political thriller in which the good guys aren't above implanting explosives in the necks of those they hope to recruit and the bad guys genuinely believe they're fighting the terrorists. It's all the better for that, as well; unlike any other superhero book at DC or Marvel, it makes for fascinating, grim and utterly compelling reading — and Trevor Hutchison's covers make it one of the best looking books on the stands.
"Complex"? I'd say it's more like a distorted reflection of both good and evil. It reeks of all the most twisted liberal fantasies you could find out there. How can we sympathize with "good guys" who threaten to murder would-be recruits? And why is the side "fighting the terrorists" supposed to be "bad guys"? It's just madness in a new outfit.

As for the older 1983-86 series being obscure, that's because DC's never tried to give it the recognizability it deserves, by reprinting it in archives and promoting it as space adventure with metaphorical themes alluding to real life. I don't think they've ever reprinted the original Outsiders either (and McMillan isn't even asking them to). And if they won't respect the older material, what's the point of doing all this new nonsense?

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