Omega Men #1

Omega Men #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: Barnaby Bagenda Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 18
7.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The Omega Men are back in an all-new series! Theyve murdered White Lantern Kyle Rayner and now, the universe wants them to pay! Who are these intergalactic criminals and is there more to their actions than meets the eye?

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Gabe Carrasco Jun 9, 2015

    So far, The Omega Men feels almost like a more violent version of Guardians of the Galaxy, and even though I only have a small taste of the cast's personalities, I'm completely in. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 4, 2015

    I didn't think a reboot of the Omega Men could work. This excels as a reboot and has me hungry for more adventures from this team by these creators. Here's hoping the other new DC comics are as good as this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 4, 2015

    If you are looking for a kick ass science fiction story that's thrilling, gritty and gory, look no further. Tom King knows what he's doing and his slow burn story is off to a mysterious and intriguing start. Barnaby Bagenda's art keeps pace and if everyone feels the same about this issue that I did, we will have a surprise hit on our hands.  At least I hope so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Normal Jun 6, 2015

    The Omega Men #1 has a great story and great art. Unfortunately, you may have to do some work to truly appreciate what Tom King has done here because this issue is a little light on the dialogue. Nonetheless, you should definite give this book a chance. It isn't for everyone, but those that do like it will most likely end up loving it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    DC Collectors - Joel Bowers Jun 5, 2015

    A really fantastic debut issue that sets up a much more serious tone for the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 4, 2015

    The 8-page preview (available for free digitally) is a more satisfying introduction and is essential in terms of fully appreciating writer Tom King's story. But for those willing to wrestle with the spartan storytelling and off-kilter approach to dialogue, there's a lot to like here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 4, 2015

    Nor should he be – this isn't “Kyle Rayner” #1, it is “The Omega Men” #1, and the book does a nice job establishing who they are, and fits Rayner into the picture as well. This isn't an instantly gratifying book; it is a slow burn that rewards re-readings and delving deep. If fans can find it, I think they'll be intrigued – here's hoping that it gets the fair treatment and long run that the preview and first issue suggest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 5, 2015

    "The Omega Men" #1 takes a big gamble. It starts off with a story that plunges people into the middle, with no context other than last month's preview that featured the murder of Kyle Rayner. (Yes, that is touched upon here, and we are starting to learn a little more about what happened there.) You don't need to have read anything else in order to understand this; I think it's almost best to go in fresh for this mixture of new and re-imagined characters. Every time you re-read it, the book just gets a little better; this is a series that ultimately rewards patience. Give it a try. Then give that issue a second and third go-through. Guess what? You may have just found your new favorite space opera comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 3, 2015

    A good start to what is hopefully going to be both a fun ride and a tense exploration of what it means to hold a revolution, The Omega Men #1 gives me enough to go on to want to come back for more. Beautiful art, an interesting cast, and a classic set-up worth turning on its head all contribute to making this a series worth keeping up with in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 13, 2015

    The new "DCYou" highlights a lot of new talent, and seeing Bagenda's work for the first time here was exciting. Having a brand new talent like Bagenda, and an up and coming writer like Tom King who's work on Grayson has garnered a lot of praise and attention reintroducing an underrated and underused team like the Omega Men has me excited for what's coming next post New 52. The Omega Men haven't been seen in a while and given time, I feel as though this creative team will make us realize just what we've been missing. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 3, 2015

    It is an interesting approach to introducing these characters, as the action sequences often confuse as to what exactly is going on. At the same time it is an effective though simplistic approach to introducing the characters. More so, the Omega Men have a lot of catching up to do in terms of having their own set of stories to rely upon, and this issue, barring all else, at least seems capable of doing this. The story here is entirely readable, but it also at the same time feels like a piece of bigger puzzle, as though DC itself is trying to figure out how exactly to sell these characters and to make them into galactic gold. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 4, 2015

    This issue is drawn by Barnaby Bagenda and colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr. Bagenda's style is somewhat blocky and he has some problems telling exactly where certain locations are supposed to be. However he creates some rather moody splash pages. The book has a rather strict three by three panel layout that makes it different from a lot of other books. Fajardo's colors are interesting though they tend to be too much on the red and orange side and they don't always work. It risks looking like some of the lesser books from the New 52's early days. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 5, 2015

    In the end, Omega Men #1 feels a little bit like a second preview of the series. We obviously haven't hit the opening credits yet, but, to continue with a questionable metaphor, if you caught this on TV one morning, you'd probably stick around to see where it went. Tom King has done an excellent job of bringing the realities of guerrilla warfare to DC's cosmic universe without falling into the same trap of gritty depression that so often follows such words around. Barnaby Bagenda's DC debut is a memorable and thoughtful one and the entire creative team is working together brilliantly. From top to bottom this book has it's own sensibility. It's entirely likely that some readers won't take to The Omega Men's style, but those that do will be eager for more. The Omega Men #1 is a bold and surprising start to one of DC's boldest and most surprising new titles and I for one am on board for King's latest revolution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Robert Reed Jun 4, 2015

    Omega Men#1 is a nice opening to the new series, with exciting visuals from Barnaby Bagendra. The script by Tom King is sharp, but the story this issue is very light, serving only as an introduction to the characters. It would have been nice to get a better understanding of the stakes involved before falling directly into the action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 4, 2015

    The Omega Men isn't something that comes across as new reader friendly, and frankly I don't think it's even established reader or lapsed reader friendly. There's not a lot of exposition here to set up the time frame or events that seem to be surrounding this, nor is there a lot of digestible dialogue from those chasing them since it's a smattering of English and alien language, with only names really being understandable. It sets the mood and tone, but it doesn't make it accessible. Or interesting when you get down to it. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 8, 2015

    A bit sparse in story and explanation, but excellent art helps to offset the shortfall… Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 3, 2015

    The Omega Men #1 is a comic that is good, but lacking. It has a unique approach that you don't see much of these days in the medium: less is more and quieter/lighter. However, in return, it requires you to do a lot of guesswork and estimation to get the most out of it because of its style. It's something to be appreciated, but at the same time feels lacking enough to the point of incompleteness. There's not much to take away from characters or find even one of them particularly enjoyable and the story doesn't have much in it. Recommending it is difficult at this point and honestly, even if this is your kind of story, it would probably better suit you to wait until the second issue comes out when there is a bit more to chew on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 4, 2015

    A difficult jumping on point, THE OMEGA MEN aims high, but also asks a lot from the audience for a debut issue. A little homework is required in advance of reading this issue, not least of which is the 8-page preview Marvel released last month. One to watch, although we're just not sure why yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Jul 2, 2015

    This comic does not raise questions like the first issue of a series should. Instead of building a world, the reader is plunged into an already-existing world. It doesn't raise questions; the questions have already been raised and the reader has to know what's going on already. It's just confusing. I'll give it another shot, however, and hope I am less baffled after reading issue #2. I will pass this comic because I am buying the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Martin Baier Jun 7, 2015

    Beautiful art married with almost non-existent storytelling. This might be ok for people that followed all the DC happenings over the last few years, but it doesn't respect the newcomers at all. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jun 8, 2015

    As I said The Omega Men #1 was a weird book for me to review, and normally this is where I announce that I won't be continuing the series because the negative outweighed the positive from my perspective. However the combination of the thrill ride that this book supplies and Kyle Rayner's fate is just enough for me to try out the next issue. Read Full Review

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