Comic Book / Omega Men

The Omega Men are a team of fictional extraterrestrial characters that appear in various cosmic comic books published by DC Comics. They first appeared in Green Lantern and were created by Marv Wolfman and Joe Stanton. They are often represented as a group of renegades hailing from various planets in the Vega system, fighting against the oppressive Citadel.

Their most recent series, titled The Omega Men, launched in 2015 as part of the DCYou initiative, which emphasized genre diversity and story over continuity. A Sneak Peek containing the series' prologue was made available digitally for free. The premise of the series sees White Lantern Kyle Rayner captured and apparently executed on public broadcast by a team of rebels calling themselves The Omega Men. The 2015 series is written by Tom King (also known for his work on Grayson) and illustrated by newcomer artist Barnaby Bagenda, and has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

The Omega Men contain examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Tygorr's species use these naturally as their primary weapon.
  • An Arm and a Leg: This happens fairly frequently to various soldiers and mooks thanks to Tygorr's claws and Kalista's sword. Most notably, it is used as a persuasion method on the merchant on Hyn'xx. He quickly purchases a new hand.
  • Ax-Crazy: Scrapps isn't entirely all there.
  • Badass Princess: Justified. Kalista has been training in sword combat since the age of six.
  • Bait the Dog: Primus does this to both the audience and Kyle, misleading them to believe that he would save thousands of civilians that were selected for execution on behalf of his crimes. He doesn't.
  • Black and Gray Morality: While the Omega Men do some rather unpleasant things, the Citadel really seems to hit this point with rampant executions and by killing an entire planet's worth of billions for the resources within the planet. Although, depending on how you interpret the ending, it is more accurately a case of Evil Versus Evil with some of the Omega Men.
  • Boom, Headshot: There are quite a few particularly messy fatalities performed this way.
  • Bittersweet Ending: If not Downer Ending, The Citadel is finished but much of Vega system hasn't improved. Primus had become a governor who would gladly use violence to put down opposition, Kalista had murdered her rivals in secret, Tigorr was unable to maintain peace between the tribes, and Scrapps is on the run. In addition, there are other entities—including Earth—who wish to harvest Stellarium to prolong the planet's lifespan.
  • Cool Sword: Kalista's weapon of choice, due to having been trained with it from the age of six.
  • Corrupt Church: The Temple of Omega is very eager to take bribes. This is what allows the Citadel to finally capture the Omega Men; all they had to do was offer better payment to the Temple.
  • Crapsack World: The Vega System is a hellhole. Some of the worlds are corrupt, some are impoverished, one is in a Forever War, and then there's Voorl... The fact that the Green Lanterns can't enter (because of a deal the Guardians of the Universe struck with Larfleeze several billion years ago) doesn't help much.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Omega Men kidnap Princess Kalista and keep her captive with Kyle. Except it's all an act to win Kyle to her side. She's actually the leader of the Omega Men.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the first issue the Omega Men kill thirty-nine Citadel troopers. As is standard Citadel response, retribution is taken out on the population at a rate of a hundred to one. Thirty-nine hundred people are murdered in response to the death of a few nameless thugs.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Broot's last action is to break the supposedly unbreakable First Stone to retrieve the key within.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: This is what happens to planets who overexploit their planetary cores, Krypton-style, without using Stellarium. Potentially including Earth.
    • Doc does this to Voorl to force the Citadel's hand into fighting.
  • Explosive Leash: The Omega Men plant an explosive device in Kyle's neck to keep him captive. Subverted in that it's not actually an explosive; it's a tracking device.
  • Eye Scream: Downplayed, in that special attention is never called to it. Primus takes a shot to the eye late in the story. He is shown wearing a bandage over it for the rest of the time.
    • A more emphasized example is shown with Sali, the native who gives his name before Kalista kills him via eye-stab during training.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Viceroy certainly falls into category, as he casually negotiates for the deaths of thousands of innocent lives as if he was haggling for a bank loan. The Omega Men themselves are arguably this as well, with Broot probably being the most genuinely kind.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Much of the team, especially Primus and Kalista, began to use less-benign methods after Citadel was overthrown. Primus had put down a peaceful protest that resulted in thousands of death, Tigorr's planet has thrown into warring states, and Kalista had put down dissidents secretly. Scrapps had been an exception due to being a fugitive after the conflict.
  • Gorn: It is an understatement to say you will be seeing your fair share of blood and gore in this title.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: One of the central themes. Both sides are shown as doing very bad things in their conflict. While the Omega Men do tend to have fairly good intentions, how "grey" the Citadel is is more open to the reader's interpretation.
  • Honey Pot: Kalista does this to Kyle Rayner.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several combatants find their way onto a sword throughout the run.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the very last page of the series, Kyle discusses how he used to view gutters, the lines between comic book panels, as bars separating the "civilized" readers from the "savage" characters, with the implication that he no longer thinks of them that way. Likewise, fairly strong real-world allegory can be drawn from this story.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Quite a few deaths showcase blood, brain matter, bone fragments, and very detailed gore.
  • Mythology Gag: The Citadel strip-mines planets for Stellarium, a mineral that can supposedly stop planets from becoming geologically unstable and exploding. Way back in a Bronze Age Green Lantern story, Tomar-Re was dispatched by the Guardians to use it to stop Krypton from going up. In fact, what happened to Krypton is the very reason the Citadel are gathering this mineral, to sell to other civilisations that don't want to go the same way.
  • Off with His Head!: This seems to be Kalista's favorite way to finish off someone with her sword. Most prominently, she kills her father and the viceroy this way.
  • Rebellious Princess: Up to Eleven, and rather literal late in the story. Kalista is not only the true leader of the Omega Men, she essentially leads the system-wide rebellion against the Citadel.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Broot is being good example. Is being typical of Broot's species.
  • Take a Third Option: Kyle attempts to manage this throughout the whole story.
  • Unobtanium: Stellarium, the rare substance only found on the Vega system planets, which is needed to prevent EarthShatteringKabooms.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: The first issue was exceedingly light on exposition, expecting to audiences to be able to follow the narrative based on the artwork and contextual dialogue. While this was alienating for some readers who expected a narration-heavy story (as par for many traditional superhero comics), a lot of fans were won over by the dense storytelling, and the writer's respect for the audience.
  • Warrior Princess: Kalista, of the Brahmin, who has been raised in swordfighting since she was six years old.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A particularly dark example. The Omega Men are fighting against an evil oppressive regime, but they use very dirty tactics, manipulating those in the crossfire, and leaving thousands of innocents dead in their wake.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: A very dark example. The US military leader reveals the current status of the surviving Omega Men to Kyle after he has arrived back on Earth: Tygorr's people erupt into a civil war without a common enemy to unite them, Primus becomes governor of Ogyptu, but orders his troops to shoot down unarmed protesters, Scrapps is a wanted fugitive again, and Kalista becomes queen of the now-freed planets, but under her rule, dissenters "disappear."

Oh lord,
For you shall return, return, return,
And we shall burn, burn, burn,
For we are the low, the cursed, the beggar,
And you are the end, the curtain, the omega...