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OMAC - John Byrne version - DC Comics - Character Profile

Category :

Comic Books

Subcategory :

DC Universe

Type :

Hero

Game System :

DC Heroes (Blood of Heroes S.E.)

Notes :

OMAC v1.1

By Sébastien Alexandre Andrivet

Source of Character: OMAC limited series by Byrne

Helper(s): Hart

Reasons (1): This is OMAC from the 1991 mini-series, not the “historical” OMAC and Brother Eye or the ones from the mid-2000s “OMAC Project”. Still, the first post-Crisis OMAC is rather interesting, and I told you for years now that I would write him up someday. :-) Again, this character should now be considered an Elseworlds variation.

Reasons (2): This writeup was done when we had a general non-spoilers policy for writeups, and thus does not include much about the events in the mini-series depicting this character.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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OMAC
Dex: 13 Str: 15 Bod: 12 Motivation: Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 08 Min: 09 Occupation: Avenger
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 02
Init: 027 HP: 100

Powers: Invulnerability*: 10, Jumping: 05, Running: 07

Skills: Vehicles: 10, Weaponry: 10

Advantages: Buddy (Brother Eye), Immortal, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes

Connections: OMAC doesn’t need connections

Drawbacks: Alter Ego (Buddy Blank has all stats at 03, no Powers, no Equipment, no Advantages and no Skills. OMAC will revert to Buddy if he loses his link with Brother Eye) ; Attack Vulnerability (-2CS RV vs blades and bullets)

Equipment: UPLINK WITH BROTHER EYE [Self-link (scrambled Radio Communication): 20. Activating the Uplink takes one Phase, and allows OMAC to access Brother Eye. Brother Eye can give advice, or can confer one of the following Powers to OMAC : Chameleon: 03, Flame Being: 10, Matter Manipulation: 18, Regeneration: 15. Note that Flame Being can only be used along with Regeneration, Chameleon or Alter-Ego, and must be used in such instances]

 

Brother Eye

Dex: 02 Str: 08 Bod: 14 Motivation: Uphold good
Int: 14 Wil: 06 Min: NA Occupation: Special satellite
Init: 016 HP: 020

Powers: Energy Blast: 13, Flight: 10, Radio Communication (scrambled): 20, Recall: 24

Skills: Gadgetry*: 14, Scientist*: 14

Advantages: Area Knowledge (past and present world), Connoisseur, Insta-change, Scholar (truly vast databases)

Drawbacks: Brother Eye is a satellite

Background

Real Name: Buddy Blank
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Molly Deagan-Blank (wife), Sergeant Deagan (father-in-law)
Group affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Height: About 6’4” Weight: About 250lbs
Eyes: Blue Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

The One-Man Army Corp is strong enough to shred most everything man-made with his bare hands, tough enough to survive modern weaponry and huge impacts, and fast and agile enough to effortlessly jump from plane to plane in mid-flight. His lightning reflexes and perfect technique make him by far the most efficient combat machine his world has ever known. He’s also a great hero, able to make tough choices and sacrifice with great calm, and with many years of combat experience.

OMAC can also communicate with an extremely sophisticated satellite called Brother Eye, who can remotely transmit him information or manipulate nearby matter for him (for instance, turning a 1930s car wreck into a functional anti-gravity one-man flyer). When applied to OMAC himself, Brother Eye’s Matter Manipulation (called “electronic surgery”) can pretty much instantly make him good as new (erasing all physical damage) or transform him back from Buddy Blank to OMAC or vice-versa. Organic matter in close vicinity to him at this moment is generally horribly and quite fatally burned, however.

History

Some time in the future of another world, the worldwide Global Peace Agency had a plan to keep peace in a world that couldn’t afford violence : a super-weapon called OMAC, the One-Man Army Corps, a superhuman who could handle any threat. After long, non-partisan searches, the GPA unilaterally selected a young nobody named Buddy Blank to be the alter ego of OMAC.

Brilliant doctor Myron Forest was one of the technical engineers for this plan ; he created the linchpin of the OMAC project, a super-intelligent, ultra-sophisticated orbiting computer called Brother Eye, who remotely turned Blank into OMAC and informed him of his new mandate. OMAC soon become the major hero of his world, although he most often fought in the great metropolis called Electric City. After defeating the sinister Mister Big and his Pseudo-People conspiracy, he fought Marshal Kafka and his seemingly invincible army, the doomsday monster known as the Multi-killer, the white-slavery ring called the Crime Cabal, Doctor Skuba, the Ocean-Stealer and other threats.

Of course, that was only the first layer of things, but I don’t want to spoil the quite complex temporal paradox on which the 1991 OMAC serie hinges.

Description

OMAC moves in an extremely confident, calm and precise way. The bottom illustration is his early look, which he later restructured to the look depicted in the top illustrations.

Personality

A warrior-hero. Tough, collected, calm, often regretting the amount of destruction he must inflict in the pursuit of peace, and heedless of his own pain. A very sane, solid and responsible man, OMAC is a protector of the common people, and although he is a highly hardened warrior his heart is always in the right place. He regards Brother Eye as an highly efficient partner, and trust him completely.

OMAC is also very self-sufficient, notably on an emotional level.

DC Universe History

OMAC is deeply involved in time travel and paradoxes, and may at some point slip for a time from his Elseworld timeline to the DCU one. He is a very interesting character in scenarios were the PCs operate in a parallel timeline (esp. an utopian Gernsback-style future, or a post-apocalyptic one). As far as we know, OMAC does not exist in the future of the DCU Earth ; however, it has not be proven he does *not* exist, and I’m certain most of us comics fans would love to carve him a niche in the DCU continuity.

If he does indeed exist in the future, OMAC is the *perfect* occasion to stage your own personal Terminator re-run on the PCs, with OMAC (and Brother Eye) chronoporting in to destroy a man destined to become a terrible evil warlord or wicked insane genius. Of course, you could always have a comparable but less-cliche story line :-).

It is entirely possible, nowadays, that OMAC exists on one of the 52 Earths that constitutes the modern DCU. He is generally compatible with timelines implicating a ’great disaster‘, which was an element of numerous pre-Crisis DC stories that are known to have ’migrated‘ to parallel Earths.

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