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Omega The Unknown #6: Review

Jan 1977
Steve Gerber, Mike Esposito

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A Tug of the Wrench!

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3.5 stars

Omega The Unknown #6 Review by (January 10, 2024)

Review: Disappointing issue doesn’t contribute to the mystery behind Omega and James-Michael, it just has the title hero facing a very realistic mad killer and failing to accomplish anything. Just like the issue as a whole. The only revelation comes on the last page—that James-Michael has the same weaponry as Omega which is no surprise as the comic has been emphasizing the bond between the two mystery characters from the beginning. Have the writers run out of ideas by issue 6? No wonder this comic didn’t last long—and the next two issues have guest writers before Gerber and Skrenes wrap it up in the final two issues.   

Comments: Written by Steve Gerber and Mary SkrenesOnly appearance of Kurt Klemmer/the Wrench, though in CAPTAIIN AMERICA #394, Scourge of the Underworld claims to have killed him. Rudy’s Bar and Grill is a real location in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, in business since 1933.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Omega The Unknown #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On his home planet, Omega the Unknown is on the run from robot assassins only this time the robots are joined by Nick and Tank, two tough guys from school, and the victims of the massacre are James-Michael Starling’s friends: Ruth, Amber, Dian, and others…

…and again, James-Michael wakes up from a nightmare. Ruth Hart comes in to check on him. Finding he’s okay, she makes a sarcastic comment which JM calls her on and she resents his reaction. Unable to get back to sleep, James-Michael dresses and goes out, awakening the homeless man sleeping in the building’s foyer. The man tries to get some money from him but JM refuses, accidentally knocking the old man down. The old man mentions a son who died in Vietnam and the guilty JM gives him some change….

At Rudy’s Bar and Grill, Gramps has taken the silent Omega out to sit with some friends including Mamie. They persuade Omega (or “Sam” as they call him) to try a drink and Omega feels like his head is bursting with lights. Omega and Gramps accompany Mamie home but soon hear a scream from her apartment. Omega leaps through her second story window but his reactions are off due to the alcohol he drank so a burly man in overalls clouts him with a wrench and escapes through the skylight. Gramps and the police enter through the door to find Mamie dead, bludgeoned in the head, and Omega pursuing the killer to the roof….

Elsewhere, James-Michael comes upon a pimp slapping one of his girls and tries to intervene and is surprised when the woman tells him to mind his own business. He spots Amber Grant out on a date with man named Dennis and follows them. When Amber gets home, she learns from Ruth that James-Michael is missing and heads out to find him. She walks past a big brute named Kurt Klemmer and gets a chill. The comic follows Klemmer home, revealing his mother was recently killed by a mugger and he now has headaches which compel him to “fix” his mother’s suffering with his tools. Omega catches up to him….

James-Michael is playing pinball with another kid watching who accuses JM of cheating and calls over his pals to teach him a lesson. Amber arrives and takes JM away. In a deserted area near a construction site, Klemmer attacks them with a wrench (specifically a monkey wrench) but Omega drops from above, landing on the bad guy. Klemmer draws a revolver and shoots the hero. Amber snaps some pictures then attacks the baddie with an awkward karate move. Klemmer slaps her to the ground and prepares to bash her with the wrench when, desperate to help his friend, James-Michael forces himself to overcome the paralysis that struck him when Omega was shot. He points his hands at Klemmer and blasts him with energy bolts like Omega’s, collapsing when he realizes what he has done….   

Mike Esposito
Mike Esposito
Hugh Paley
John Romita (Cover Penciler)
Dave Cockrum (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Jim Mooney. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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Plus: Amber Grant (Amber Douglas), Ruth Hart.

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