This issue opens with awesomeness. If you’ll recall from the last installment, Omni-Man and Debbie Greyson have been “invited” to live on the moon, since Omni-Man has been exiled from Earth. Of course, Cecil still wants Omni-Man to stick around and be available to save the Earth if needed. So, he and Debbie will live on the moon.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
So the awesomeness I was talking about starts with the first panel: General Kregg busts into the moon base and beats the snot out of Omni-Man. Of course, he indulges in a round of villainous monologuing. If you do it right, you can really make a villain’s monologue a lot of fun. You have to work it in slowly, and punctuate it with plenty of drama, or else it comes out all sappy and purple prose-ish.
But this is good monologuing because we get to watch Omni-Man being pulverized while we learn about his true destiny. We learn that Omni-Man is the last in line (except for his son Invincible, of course) of the rulers of the Viltrumite race. Kregg wants to kill him before he can reveal his true identity and usurp Kregg’s power as Regent. The artwork showing the pounding that Omni-Man takes at Kregg’s hands is fantastically gratuitous, with blood and eyeballs and cheek bones flying all over the place.
But just as Kregg is about to deliver the final blow, the other Viltrumites arrive. They have overheard Kregg’s monologue. They know the truth: Omni-Man is their true ruler. He delivers an awkward yet honest speech, and the Viltrumites appear ready to coexist peacefully with the humans. So, they rush Omni-Man to a healing chamber, and we’ll see how that peaceful coexistence thing turns out.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Invincible is talking to his pregnant girlfriend, being all cute and whatnot in the way he is trying to get the nerve to propose to her. But in the end, he pops the question, to which she answers “of course I will.”