Name + aliases: Shlagen of Slagg

First appearance: Omega Men v.1 #3 (June 1983)

Shlagen

Shlagen was by far the most reluctant freedom fighter among the Omega Men. When his race, the Spitroids of Slagg, were battling the Citadel, Shlagen was sent by his people into battle — from which he promptly fled. As fate would have it, Shlagen ran into the Omega Men and he was inadvertently drafted into fighting at their side. (Omega Men #19)

As a freedom fighter, small successes gradually emboldened this cowardly Spitroid, and he became a reliable comrade. Indeed, he was lucky enough to survive the Omega Mens' first encounter with the savage bounty hunter, Lobo. (#3)

Hokum begins building his alliance by by offering client worlds the former Citadel's still-considerable resources (weapons, protection, troops, etc.). He then launches an attack on the now-defenseless Euphorix. Above Euphorix, he also seizes the Omegan's original mothership, which still houses the maimed Harpis. All it's inhabitants are taken prisoner. Tigorr is also captured when he unexpectedly stumbles into the Citadel's fleet. Captured, he is taken. Shlagen arrives too late to save his friends but runs into Lobo. The pair head planetside, where Dulak reactivates the shield and Lobo destroys the remaining ships. Broot displays an increasing reluctance to use force and does not join in the fight. The Omega Men decide to try to negotiate with the new Citadel and send Nimbus as their ambassador. But once on the Citadel Homeworld, Hokum traps him as well. Now desperate, Primus accepts Lobo's help, offering to give himself over to Lobo's payment. (OM 9)

Broot can deny his duties no longer. Since the Omegans' victory, his aching desire to find his wife has consumed him. When last he was a captive of the Gordanians, he overheard the coordinates of mining colony; he begins his search there, with Shlagen as his companion. Broot is greeted by a horde of young Changralynians who lead him into the colony. There he finally discovers his wife, now blind. Primus orders the Omegans to make haste for Euphorix. When they arrive, he finds the impenetrable force field already in place. Kalista honors the promise to her people, erecting the shield and destroying its controls. (OM 12)

When the Omega Men were believed dead, a memorial was held for them on Tamaran. There Doc and Shlagen were approached by the Tamaranean woman named Zirral on behalf of her lover, Rynoc, an Okaaran Warlord. Rynoc recruited the two Omegans to accompany them to New Alliance, where Harry Hokum was to propose an alliance against the Spider Guild. Before they reached their destination, however, their ship entered a space-time tear created by the great cosmic Crisis. (Omega Men #31)

Amid the fluctuations in time and space, Earth's Blue Devil was also pulled through a space warp and appeared on Rynoc's ship. The ship was destroyed and thrown into another universe (Crisis #8) and after much confusion, the Omega Men were finally teleported to their original destination. (Blue Devil #18)

And on New Alliance, Harry Hokum receives Rynoc and the others. Shlagen fearfully reveals to Harry Hokum that the Omega Men are no more. (OM 33)

On New Alliance, Zirral is forced to make the difficult decision to sleep with Harry Hokum in order to free her fellow Omegans. Despite this, Hokum sends them and his Gordanian guard, Uhlan to Slagg as an offering to the Spider Guild Strand Captain. The Strand Captain scares Shlagen into a coma, which appears to be death to the others. (OM 35)

Left for dead, the Spider's Captian discards Shlagen to the underground where he is found by his father. Shlagen learns that the Spittroids have allied with the Gordanians for their mutual benefit. Shlagen was not in fact dead, merely in "fear-lock," a defensive posture assumed by people of his race for self-preserveration. Above, Zirral manages to break the others free and, aided by Spittroids, they destroy all the Spiders' eggs. They depart with Shlagen's father in tow. Angry with his treatment by Harry Hokum. Uhlan willingly accompanies the Omega Men, effectively switching sides. On Karna, where Bedlam faces trial, he receives an ominous note from Lobo. (#36)

Later, when the Omega Men established a colony on the planet Kuraq, Shlagen remained on that planet to help guide the new colonists. (#38)

When the Dominators and Khunds began forming an Alliance for the invasion Earth, several Vegan races (the Okaarans, Gordanians, Psions and New Citadel) join them. This powerful Alliance imprisons many of the universe's greatest heroes on the Starlag. The Starlag is based in the Vegan system and run by the Citadel. By this time, the Spider Guild are working simply as "independent contractors" to the Alliance instead of joining it. The Dominion sends a fake distress call from Primus and Kalista which lures Tigorr and the other Omegans into a Durlan trap. In this hopeless battle, three Omega Men are killed: Ynda, Felicity and the Green Man. All the others, including Broot, Harpis, Doc, Shlagen, Oho Besh, Ryand'r and Tigorr are captured. (Invasion #1)

Shlagen has since perished in battle, presumably at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) He appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans (#3), but those bodies were torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Name + aliases: None

First appearance: Omega Men v.1 #31 (Oct.1985)

Rynoc & Zirral

When the Omega Men were believed dead, a memorial was held for them on Tamaran. There Doc and Shlagen were approached by the Tamaranean woman named Zirral on behalf of her lover, Rynoc, an Okaaran Warlord. Rynoc recruited the two Omegans to accompany them to New Alliance, where Harry Hokum was to propose an alliance against the Spider Guild. Before they reached their destination, however, their ship entered a space-time tear created by the great cosmic Crisis. (Omega Men #31)

Amid the fluctuations in time and space, Earth's Blue Devil was also pulled through a space warp and appeared on Rynoc's ship. The ship was destroyed and thrown into another universe (Crisis #8) and after much confusion, the Omega Men were finally teleported to their original destination. (Blue Devil #18)

Finally at New Alliance, Harry Hokum received Rynoc and the others and learned of the other Omegans' fates. (O.M. #33)

Later, when the Omega Men established a colony on the planet Kuraq, Rynoc and Zirral remained on that planet to help guide the new colonists. (#38)

Rynoc and Zirral have both since perished in battle, presumably at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) They appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans (#3), but those bodies were torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Powers

In addition to being a master Warlord of the martial arts of his race, Rynoc demonstrated telekinetic abilities. (Omega Men #31) Zirral, like all Tamaraneans, converted sunlight to the power of flight.

Name + aliases: None

First appearance: Omega Men v.1 #33 (Dec. 1985)

Oho-Besh

Oho-Besh became an unlikely Omega Men after Tigorr found him concealed in a coccoon of suspended animation in a space-beast called the Viathan. Oho-Besh a minstrel from Broot's home of Changralyn, and Yndamaati, Kalista's niece from Euphorix, were the only two survivors. These two were then brought by Artin to Refuge, an artificial moon being built above the planet Kuraq. (Omega Men #33)

Later, when the Omega Men established a colony on the planet Kuraq, ? remained on that planet to help guide the new colonists. (#38)

Oho-Besh apparently stayed with the Omega Men when they left Kuraq. He was seen in battle with them during the Dominators' great invasion of Earth when they lost four of their members, including Primus and Ynda. (Invasion #1)

Oho-Besh has since perished in battle, presumably at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) He appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans (#3), but that body was torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Name + aliases: Yndamaati of Euphorix

Known relatives: Kalista (cousin, deceased)

First appearance: Omega Men v.1 #33 (Dec. 1985)

Ynda

Kalista's cousin. She died during the Dominator's Invasion Alliance (Invasion #1).

Elu emerges renewed from his healing tank. Thanks to the Green Man, he believes that none have witnessed his true form. Tigorr brings the two surviving Vegans from the Viathan onboard: Oho-Besh, a minstrel from Changralyn, and Yndamaati, Kalista's niece from Euphorix. Artin brings them to Refuge, an artificial moon he has secretly been building above the planet Kuraq. Dorg emerges as leader of the refugees, dissenting and asking why go to wild Kuraq when the moon is inhabitable? Tigorr replies that the refugees must take hold of their own destiny. There the Green Man receives a mental message for Primus from Nimbus. Nimbus explains how he unsuccessfully tried to strip away X'Hal's evil. In retaliation, she used the chaotic energies of the emerging universal Crisis and trapped him between six other-dimensional worlds. These worlds combined to form the new world, Kuraq. Ryand'r also receives a message: from his sister Koriand'r on Tamaran. And on New Alliance, Harry Hokum receives Rynoc and the others. Shlagen fearfully reveals to Harry Hokum that the Omega Men are no more. (OM 33)

Auron attacks Omega Men in space near Tamaran, and severely burns Ynda. Then he heralds X'Hal's return to the faithful Tamaraneans and sets up a conflict, saying that the Omega Men have been brainwashed and are bent on harming X'Hal. When the Omega Men's ship approaches the planet Komand'r disrupts its systems, incapacitating Artin in the process. Elu pushes his force field over Artin's head, severing his connection to the ship. From there, Primus commands the ship to a bumpy landing (aided by Koriand'r). The ship crashes into the Omega Men's own memorial. In the Diwrnos system., the site of the Refuge and Kuraq, Harpis reveals to Tigorr that her body is atrophying as a result of the Psions' tampering. On Kuraq, the refugee Dorg emerges as a leader. (OM 34)

Elu seeks advice from Nightwing; he has become concerned about his friendship with Ryand'r since Ynda entered the picture. Elu explains that since people of his kind do not have sexual relationships, friendship is their strongest bond.

Later, when the Omega Men established a colony on the planet Kuraq, Rynoc and Zirral remained on that planet to help guide the new colonists. (#38)

Ryand'r soon finds life unlivable under Komand'r and contacts the Omega Men to retrieve him. The team sets out to rescure Primus and Kalista on Euphorix. Once there, they descend into the same well as their former leaders in Euphorix's Witch Wood. They soon discover that their friends have been trapped all this time deep within the planet, in an abandoned Psion control center. (Presumably, the Psions had used this place in years past to deliver "spiritual guidance" to the witch-folk above.) There, Kalista reveals that she is pregnant. Between them, they devise an escape plan and Artin retrieves them. Ryand'r reconciles with his love, Ynda, and creates a recording of these events and via Artin, sends a message to his sister Koriand'r on Earth. (TTS15)

When the Dominators and Khunds began forming an Alliance for the invasion Earth, several Vegan races (the Okaarans, Gordanians, Psions and New Citadel) join them. This powerful Alliance imprisons many of the universe's greatest heroes on the Starlag. The Starlag is based in the Vegan system and run by the Citadel. By this time, the Spider Guild are working simply as "independent contractors" to the Alliance instead of joining it. The Dominion sends a fake distress call from Primus and Kalista which lures Tigorr and the other Omegans into a Durlan trap. In this hopeless battle, three Omega Men are killed: Ynda, Felicity and the Green Man. All the others, including Broot, Harpis, Doc, Shlagen, Oho Besh, Ryand'r and Tigorr are captured. (Invasion #1)

Name + aliases: Uhlan of Karna

First appearance: Omega Men v.1 #35 (Feb. 1986)

Uhlan

On New Alliance, Zirral is forced to make the difficult decision to sleep with Harry Hokum in order to free her fellow Omegans. Despite this, Hokum sends them and his Gordanian guard, Uhlan to Slagg as an offering to the Spider Guild Strand Captain. The Strand Captain scares Shlagen into a coma, which appears to be death to the others. (OM 35)

Left for dead, the Spider's Captian discards Shlagen to the underground where he is found by his father. Shlagen learns that the Spittroids have allied with the Gordanians for their mutual benefit. Above, Zirral manages to break the others free and, aided by Spittroids, they destroy all the Spiders' eggs. They depart with Shlagen's father in tow. Angry with his treatment by Harry Hokum. Uhlan willingly accompanies the Omega Men, effectively switching sides. On Karna, where Bedlam faces trial, he receives an ominous note from Lobo. (OM 36)

Later, when the Omega Men established a colony on the planet Kuraq, Uhlan remained on that planet to help guide the new colonists. (#38)

Uhlan has since perished in battle, presumably at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) He appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans (#3), but those bodies were torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

First appearance: Adam Strange #4 (February 2005)

Other Omega Men

The following five Omega Men first appeared in Adam Strange #4. They were named but not identified further. Thanks to the kind cooperation of their creators Pascal Ferry and Andy Diggle, I can provide you with more information! (All artwork © Pascal Ferry)

Compare the original splash introduction of these characters differs to the final. Left: Preliminary artwork — Primus (?) to Tigorr's left? Right: Final artwork — Artin to Tigorr's left.
Compare the covers of Adam Strange #4. Left: The advance promotional art featured Primus in front. Right: The final cover moved Tigorr to the front, added Doc and removed Harpis.

Seer

The Seer was created by the Spider Guild. This being was a brain stem engineered to fit inside an android spider body. It was given precognitive abilities and made to serve the Spiders, unwillingly.

At some point, the Seer was freed by the Omega Men. Her premonitions correctly led the Omegans to cross paths with Adam Strange. Both they and Strange were investigating the disappearance of the planet Rann — and both were being pursued by authorities.

The Seer failed to predict a more sinister turn of events, however — one of the Thanagarians' allies, a Durlan, killed the Omegan called Doc. (Adam Strange #4) After victory in this matter, the Seer has since perished in battle, presumably at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) He appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans (#3), but those bodies were torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

The Seer was the only one of the new Omegans with a "speaking part" in the Adam Strange mini-series.

Cecilia

This snake woman could amalgamate with her snake-sister and form a big weird snake. She could also contort her body and administer a poison.

Cecilia perished at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) She appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans, (#3) but that body was torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Chantale

A warrior woman who could reduce her size. She could also produce arrows from her own body, and control the projectiles after they'd struck the vistim.

Chantale perished at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) She appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans, (#3) but that body was torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Dark Flea

This small robot served as a translator. He could understand and decode anything — human, alien or machine.

Dark Flea perished at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) It appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans, (#3) but that body was torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Vandal

Vandal was an alien ghost, a transformer. He could adopt any identity or shape.

Vandal perished at the recent slaughter on Tamaran against the Darkstar army of Lady Styx. (Omega Men v.2 #1) He appeared among Styx's resurrected Omegans, (#3) but that body was torn apart by Lianna. (#4)

Bubble Boy

This "boy" could not go outside his bubble, or risk killing everyone in the vicinity. His energies are so powerful that he can let a limited portion of them out for defensive purposes.

Bubble Boy is an interesting anomaly. He was created by Pascal Ferry along with the above Omegans, but NOT named by Tigorr in Adam Strange #4; Elu was named, however. I assume that the creators/editor either decided he was too similar to Elu, or mistook him for Elu. Either way, by the next issue (Adam Strange #5), the form inside the bubble was not distinct and the character was definitely identified as Elu.