What type of a name is OMAC? It sounds like a Scottish throw-back. A bit of och-ei-mein-nu. Followed with a bit of Scooby-dooby-doo. Then topped off by the band Fleetwood Mac. Or maybe Writer: Dan Jurgens; Artist: Aaron Lopresti; and Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012. Bless 'em.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
'Into the Firestorm' is like drinking washing-up liquid whilst standing on your head. You want to clean your insides out, but this is not exactly the right way of going about it. To explain...

  • Poor Kevin Cho. If it wasn't bad enough that he has been transformed into a mechanised monster called OMAC. Worst still, through no will of his own, he is being forced to beat-up the Justice League as well.
  • However, as luck would have it, the League is able to subdue OMAC,  force him down into the sewers, and then talk to him about daisies and buttercups. NOT! Though they might as well have been.
  • Suddenly, out of the blue, the League get a distress call from Paris. Prompting them all to all fly over there and abruptly discover three fire based heroes kicking up a storm, hint, hint!
  • Meanwhile, somewhere else, Breakdown and his colorful colleges enlist a new member to their team, Crosscut.

To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Would it be wrong of me if I said that the best sentence in this story was a sound effect?


It's the sound a rock makes when OMAC is throwing it at Guy Gardner. Well, I found it a very strange choice for an 'action effect' really. I thought something like 'changethecreativeteam' more appropriate somehow.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I liked that bit of the book where it said 'Continued in Firestorm #9'. Ha! Just kidding. Though to be completely honest with you, this issue was not that great a read.

Still, I suppose on some level I did enjoy how Godiva's personality shone through more than usual, giving her a strained quality that I find very interesting.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
OK, so you have just had a big fight with a big metal monster. You're surrounded by sh*t in a sewer. Plus you are very pissed off too. So what do you do about? Have a nice chat until another problem arises? That's what the League did with OMAC!

No. No. No. This was just inane. I hoped that these 'play-school' type-shenanigans were behind us now. I was wrong.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Oh! Not too sure if there was anything very creative in this issue where the story was concerned. But OMAC's conflicted disposition was a nice touch. Plus Godiva's comment about 'The Prince' asking her to join 'League' was a nice little tit-bit as well. 

ART: I did like it when Guy Gardner turned himself into Ironman to fight OMAC. Nerdish compliment I know. But one still worth mentioning.

Also, I did prefer the green tinged pallet used in the sewer section more than the 'day-light' sections. Felt more urbane somehow. 

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
OMAC: Obviously in film the man with the metallic-Mohawk will be mostly computer generated. But wouldn't it be just marvellous if 'Training Day' gangster, Cliff Curtis, encompassed this reluctant hero somehow? Yes? Good reader you. Have a biscuit.

CROSSCUT: For this token youth, you need a young actor who comes across as a token youth. How about Kevin McHale from Glee, huh?  It'd like to see him getting beaten up in the future. Wouldn't you?

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Never Try To Resolve Any Issues. Something Will Always Turn Up To Take Your Mind Off Your Problems.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Now for the completely wrong reasons, I can only compare this issue with the genre of music called 'Real Jazz '. I hate Real Jazz. It reminds me of someone throwing pots and pans down the stairs. Here, check this out.

No offence meant to those people who do like this type of thing.

FINAL thoughts...
Listen, I am genuinely sorry to all the people who have helped create this issue. Most notably, writer, Dan Jurgens, and artist, Aaron Lopresti. But I am sad to say that this particular issue really lulled for me personally. Especially when the last couple of issues were a so much better.

Maybe they both came down with food poisoning or something? Please get better soon.

MARKS out of 10? 6

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