43 years ago - Buddy Blank is born.
25 years ago - 18-year-old Buddy begins studying accounting.
21 years ago - 22-year-old Buddy gets his bachelor's degree in accounting.
20 years ago - 23-year-old Buddy becomes a CPA.
17 years ago - 26-year-old Buddy is re-engineered via a techno-organic virus by the brother eye satellite for the Global Police Agency, a group of rogue alien pacifist fundamentalists, as their "peace weapon" OMAC. When he reverts back to his normal form he has no memory of his time as OMAC.
12 years ago - 31-year-old Buddy fights Hal Jordan, who stops and incarcerates the GPA. He is unable to find or deactivate the brother eye. Buddy is handed over to the DEO, where he is kept under observation. Amanda Waller brings him into Checkmate to join the Freedom Fighters.
5 years ago - 38-year-old Buddy finally locates the brother eye satellite when it's Build-A-Friend robots are activated. An attempt to sever it's connection OMAC activates sleeper OMAC units all over the planet.
Jack Kirby is responsible for some truly amazing stories. His work is immediately recognizable for it's boldness, it's bravery, and it's unmitigated ballsiness. Stan Lee gets the bulk of credit for building the marvel universe, and rightly so, but it also owes a huge debt to the utter, unadulterated genius of Kirby. Lots of people point to his work at Marvel as the best measure of his artistry, but for our money, he was at his absolute best when he did his work in DC. None of his DC stories fit comfortably into the mold of their universe, they were bizarre, otherworldly monstrosities with their own aesthetic that made no attempt whatsoever to fit into the rest of the world of comics. Atlas the Great, Kamandi, the New Gods, Etrigan.... every bit of it is at the absolute limit of what the imagination will accept.
OMAC is one of our favorite Kirby concepts, because it's so completely self-contained within it's own world. Canceled after eight issues with an abrupt ending, it was Kirby crafting a twisted future-world that ruminated on personal freedoms, identity, and loneliness. OMAC was a version of Captain America that occupied a distopian futurescape that had stripped humanity of it's ability to connect with others, illustrated most gruesomely in the unsettlingly sexual 'build-a'friends'. There were backup stories in other Kirby series, and a John Byrne limited series designed to close off the story, but all in all the story of Kirby's OMAC is one of the most deliberately closed-off properties in DC's wheelhouse.
DC has made multiple attempts to build an OMAC character into their modern continuity, most notably in it's series of Infinite Crisis tie-ins that re-imagined the Brother Eye satellite as a surveillance device built by Batman and the OMACs as an army of androids. The design work on these androids was top notch, but it lacked the unique Jack Kirby flair that makes the character so great.
Another more deliberate attempt was made to give new life to the character in the post-52 era, building a monstrous character with a fish-fin head that essentially reenacted the story beats from the original series. Rebuilding the character as a hulking monster was a bold choice, but ultimately, stripping the character of it's heroic identity left him unrecognizable.
In the end, it seemed to be largely impossible to recreate the particular flair of the character within the regular DC continuity, until OMAC was featured in an episode of Batman: Brave and the Bold. The series is built around the tongue-in-cheek wackiness of the Silver Age, but suddenly the character fit in perfectly. There was no attempt to alter him at all, it was OMAC exactly as imagined by Kirby, fighting right alongside Batman and company.
So clearly it's possible. The solution, we believe, is in better defining the "Global Police Agency" that empowers him. Obviously, they, and their Brother Eye satellite, can't be from earth.