Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Robots from "Omega the Unknown"

What if you found out that your parents had been robots all along?

We've been reading Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple's 2007 revival of the Marvel series from the 70's. "Omega the Unknown" is an unusual superhero comic. The main protagonist, a 12 year old boy, discovers during a catastrophic car crash that his parents were robots. His subsequent life in New York intersects with a mute alien Superman like guy in a cape, murderous nanotech robots, and a corrupt self-proclaimed superhero called the Mink.

The story has been a little challenging for the kids to follow, but they are not much interested in straight superhero comics lately, and seem to appreciate the alternative quality of the story and the artwork.

Ansel's favorite parts so far have been the idea that parents could be robots...
...and how cute the Mink's nanorobot infested amputated hand is after it sprouts feet.

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