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Omega The Unknown #9: Review

Jul 1977
Steve Gerber, Jim Mooney

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Fightin’ Fools!

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3.5 stars

Omega The Unknown #9 Review by (January 30, 2024)

Review: The original writers, Gerber and Skrenes, are back but the title seems to have lost its way. We haven’t seen James-Michael at school for a few issues, losing the momentum of that plot thread. And Omega can now speak but now seems like he wants to be a normal human being, buying a snappy blue suit for an unspecified reason. The real purpose of the issue was for Gerber to introduce his new and improved Foolkiller—and the guy does have a lot more staying power than the first one—while demonstrating that Blockbuster, a very generic villain, was merely cannon fodder, present only so a better villain could kill him to demonstrate his street cred. And we won’t ask how Foolkiller could shoot Blockbuster while he had his hands on Omega’s throat and know only the bad guy would be harmed; we wouldn’t understand the science involved. This penultimate issue shows that the title is slowing to a halt….

Comments: Written by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes. Final appearance of Blockbuster, who will bust no more blocks. Foolkiller moves on to DEFENDERS #74-75. The original Foolkiller lived and died in MAN-THING #3-4. A No-Prize to anyone who can figure out how the door the Foolkiller enters by fits into the configuration of the apartment. Page one lettered by Gaspar Saladino. The letters page includes one by future Canadian cartoonist Gareth Lind.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Omega The Unknown #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Omega the Unknown is trapped in the rubble of the warehouse destroyed by Nitro last issue. His suffering has prostrated James-Michael Starling, who is having breathing trouble. Ruth Hart calls Dr. Barrow while Amber Grant ministers to the boy. Guest Richard Rory makes a snide comment and Amber snaps at him. Omega manages to free himself and fly away over the heads of the firefighters and the crowd and JM is suddenly relieved. Pedestrians who heard of his encounter with Blockbuster (issue #7) mock and jeer at him. He walks back to Hell’s Kitchen where he sees a fruit vendor in a confrontation with an accused thief; the quarrel grows violent and suddenly the two men are disintegrated, courtesy of the Foolkiller on a nearby roof. Omega is found by Gramps who approves of the villain’s act and then he leads “Sam” home for some needed rest and repair….

While Amber Grant is in the shower, Rich tells Ruth about the threat he received from the Foolkiller, whom he saw die. There is a knock at the door and Rich fears it is his doom but it’s only the building super informing them that there is no hot water, which Amber just discovered the hard way. Amber threatens to complain to the landlord but the super threatens to tell him how many people are living in their apartment for two…

…and then the Foolkiller enters. Rich recognizes him as old friend Greg Salinger, who assures them that he is the real Foolkiller, demonstrating his disintegrator weapon. He explains how Rich told him about the original Foolkiller and Greg was impressed. But he decided that the original failed because of his religious obsession; Greg intends to succeed by secularizing the mission, defining fools as those who have no poetry in their hearts. He departs on his “mission,” exiting via a hole blasted in the wall….

Elsewhere, Omega asks to borrow three hundred dollars from Gramps, then flies to the shopping district to purchase a suit. But Blockbuster has just robbed a jewelry store nearby. When he hears the owner offer a thousand-dollar reward for the return of his diamonds, Omega leaps at the villain, who hurls him in front of a bus. Omega is hit by the bus and witnesses are certain he is dead but he slowly pulls himself together and chases Blockbuster, catching up to him at Rockefeller Plaza. They fight on the ice rink and the baddie hurls Omega against the golden Prometheus statue and he is stunned. By the time he has recovered, Blockbuster is gone…

…but only a short distance away where he stops to lay out his next plan, picking up his son and fleeing to Arizona where he can sell the diamonds. But he is spotted by Gramps who recognizes him. Blockbuster knows he must silence the old man but Omega arrives. Blockbuster hurls a refrigerator at the hero who blasts it out of the air. But the shot weakened the hero who collapses to the ground. Blockbuster seizes him by the throat—and is then disintegrated by the Foolkiller, who offers a poetic farewell and warning before departing….

Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
Janice Cohen
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Susan Fox.


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Plus: Amber Grant (Amber Douglas), Foolkiller (Gregory Salinger), Richard Rory, Ruth Hart.

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