The Omega Effect is a three part cross-over between Spider-Man, Daredevil and The Punisher. The first issue came out last Wednesday with Avenging Spider-Man #6 and continues this week in Punisher #10 and concludes in Daredevil #11 next week. A good lead in if you have not been following these titles (IMHO) is to pick up Daredevil 10.1 which does a quick catch up on DD and feeds directly into the event. I am getting all my issues from my local friendly comic book store, Beyond Comics (yay!).
So, how is the first issue?
My short review is that it is terrific! The art is superb and really shows wonderful range for artist Checchetto. Waid and Rucka merge their worlds seamlessly and we have three standout characterizations for Spidey, DD and Punisher. This is Spidey's title, so he gets the spotlight and it is wonderful. He is funny, vulnerable and heroic. Just what you want. Even though the regular Avenging Spider-Man team is not on this book, the spirit of what they have done in the first five issues of the comic carries forward. The event is exciting, but not forced. I look forward to more.
Here is what others are saying:
IGN (8.5/10 Great) "The Omega Effect is off to an impressive start with Avenging Spider-Man #6. With the promise of big repercussions for all characters involved and the talent behind the story itself, I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be one of the most talked-about stories of 2012."
CBR (4.5/5 stars) "I've been enjoying "Daredevil" and "The Punisher," so I won't feign shock at enjoying this book. What did surprise me, however, was the extent to which I enjoyed it. In this issue, Waid and Rucka build enough of a story that anyone could pick it up and find their way along. If you happen to be a regular reader of either title, the story just enhances the characters and whets the appetite for more. Thanks to great creators and fabulous characters, "The Omega Effect" is off to a great start."
Science Fiction dot Com (Verdict: Burn) "If there’s a redeeming feature to this issue, it’s the artwork from Marco Checchetto. His style lends itself well to all three of these characters, which could’ve been offputting since Spider-Man tends to be lighter in tone than both Daredevil and (obviously) Punisher.
So, if you’re already reading ‘Punisher’ and/or ‘Daredevil’, you might want to pick this one up. However, if you’re just in it for some Spider-Man fun, you’ll be sorely disappointed."
Inside Pulse (7.5/10) "Not bad, but no where near as good as Waid’s Daredevil run. Great art and characterization make up for a lot, but not enough to justify the price tag."
Comic Book Revolution (8.5/10) "Avenging Spider-Man #6 is an excellent start to this three book crossover that will also involve the Punisher and Daredevil titles. From the first page to the last there is no wasted page or panel in this issue. Greg Rucka and Mark Waid keep the entire issue focused on the story as they present us with some background into what The Omega Drive is and why Spider-Man, Punisher and Daredevil are fighting over who should hold it. With how much content Avenging Spider-Man #6 had I cannot wait to see what Rucka and Waid have in store for us in the next two issue with Punisher #10 and Daredevil #11."
Super Podcasto Magnifico (4/5) "Greg Rucka and Mark Waid have crafted a great start to The Omega Effect mini event without leaving out details from the characters’ individual titles. Hopefully the remaining two issues won’t fall below the quality bar this issue set."
The Other Murdock Papers "Yes, this issue might have left me a little confused, but I’m still very satisfied that we’re going to get a story that – while there are no guarantees it will make perfect sense – at least delivers on the character work and dialogue. I’m glad Punisher #10 is just one week away!"
Best Shots Comic Reviews (9/10) "The choice to have Mark Waid and Greg Rucka work together on Avenging Spider-Man was a brilliant one. Both men are adept writers in their own series, as well as in this one. Waid, whose Daredevil series is one of the best on the market, has written what I think are some of the best Spider-Man comics ever, and Rucka’s work in Punisher is not to be missed. Despite the heavy tone of the conflict, and the Punisher’s penchant for killing people, Waid and Rucka keep the story light. In a crossover that I would think all fans are looking forward to, the first part sets the groundwork for a series that is fun and exciting."
Comic Vine (4/5 stars) "Avenging Spider-Man really doesn't Avenge anything, but who cares? This book is awesome. It has a great creative team behind the issue, and the story is a ton of fun. Checchetto does a great job with giving tweaks to a few characters, and his overall artwork is wonderful.
Panel composition and panel set up is cool and refreshing and will keep you interested throughout the issue. There's a lot of great detail within the panels, and you'll love the action sequences.
The only problem I had with the issue is that it's going to run into two other Marvel series which may be a bummer for people not reading Avenging Spider-Man. At the same time, if you want to complete this story, you have to read Punisher and Daredevil.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue, and I'd even suggest picking up Punisher and Daredevil to finish the story."
iFanboy (Story 4/5 Art 5/5) "After this initial issue I’ll probably be looking at finishing out the story, and if that’s my jumping on point for DAREDEVIL, which I hear is great, then so much the better. Meanwhile, AVENGING SPIDER-MAN never disappoints."
Pop N Culture (5/10) "The art is a bit hit and miss, Punisher feels and looks out of character but is tolerable."
Suraph "The Omega effect is off to a very good start, and I hope it's an indicator of future small-scale crossovers in the Marvel universe. I bought this issue on a whim, and it turned out to be one of the most satisfying reads of the week. I shouldn't be too surprised, though, since the pedigree of the creative team is so strong."
Crave Online (Story 5/5 Art 3/5) "This is an awesome little side story in the middle of all the Avengers Vs. X-Men hoopla. No crazy tie ins, no huge life altering story arcs, just our heroes swinging into danger to try and thwart evil."
The Comic Vault (10/10) "This is a flawless start to the Avenging Spider-Man/Daredevil/Punisher “Omega Effect” crossover. The writing is tight, and has some of the best Spider-Man one-liners I’ve seen in any book, and I’m really fighting the urge not to spoil any of them because they’re just that good. If you’re not a regular Daredevil or Punisher reader, there’s enough context here to bring you up to speed and prevent any confusion. The tone, detail, and overall flow of the art is on par with the writing, as well, making this issue a definite 'must buy.'"
Player Affinity (9.8/10) "What it comes down to is that if you’re a fan of any of these characters -- Spider-Man, Daredevil or Punisher -- this issue is worth your time and money. You aren’t going to find better portrayals of any of them. It’s going to be a real shame if Amazing Spider-Man’s much hyped Ends of the Earth story ends up overshadowing this one, because it almost every respect, this looks to be the superior story. The Omega Effect combines two of the classic relationships of the Marvel Universe and drops them into the middle of a potential gang war featuring the likes of AIM and the Secret Empire. And bottom line -- it’s done extremely well."
Avenging SpiderMan #6 Review (YouTube Video review) (9/10) "This is a great issue."