Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Omega #1 Review



Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Riccardo Federici, Mike Perkins
Colors by: Brad Anderson
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez
Cover price: $5.99
Release date: February 21, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Omega #1 ends the oddly-structured event with a cataclysmic showdown between the heroes and villains of Earth against King Fire Bull. The DC Universe will never be the same.

Is It Good?

That's right. Lazarus Planet: Omega #1 concludes the Lazarus Planet "event," and the DC Universe will never be the same. How? Well, that part's a little fuzzy.

When last we left Earth's Mightiest Heroes (sorry, Marvel), all magic wielders were spirited away to Fate's tower for protection in the hope that their power could be restored. Batman and his team confronted the Devil Nezha to bring him on the good guys' side, and everyone else frantically raced to mitigate global disasters.

Now, one figure steps up to save the day, and it's not who you'd expect. This person's contribution makes sense, their action fits the story, and what they do leads to a reasonably satisfying conclusion. So yes, this is a reasonably satisfying conclusion to the Lazarus Planet "event" with big action, excellent art from Federici and Perkins, meaningful stakes, and consequences.

How is the DC Universe not the same? According to Zatanna, magical or otherwise, everyone's powers are not restored in precisely the same condition, so expect characters to lose some powers, gain some powers, or just do weird things. Lazarus Planet doesn't qualify as a reboot, but it does provide an excuse to give long-standing characters a minor makeover.

Waid's writing, again, is top-notch for the finale. The pacing is excellent, the dialog is spot-on, and the plot delivers enough surprises and wow moments to keep readers engaged.

You may wonder why I keep using "event" in quotes. Suppose you've been keeping up on all the Lazarus Planet issues between Alpha and Omega. In that case, they're a series of short story anthologies that have nothing to do with the Lazarus Storm. In effect, the "event" is really just a two-part story, so spend your money accordingly.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Lazarus Planet: Omega #1 ends the world-changing event with big action, big stakes, stellar art, and a true, albeit loosely defined, status quo change for the DC Universe. Waid finishes almost as strongly as he started, so fans of the Alpha issue will be generally pleased with the Omega.


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