Review: Naomi #2
The most startling and intriguing mystery in the DC Universe continues as Naomi searches to uncover the secrets of her own origin. What do her small town’s oversized mechanic and the last time a super-powered person appeared in her hometown have to do with the day she was adopted?
Naomi #2 continues the excellence of the first issue building on the mystery but focusing on an emotional center that really drives the comic. Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker, Naomi isn’t a flashy series about tights and punching bad guys, instead it focuses on what appears to be an average person trying to figure out her role in a world filled with gods.
Bendis and Walker brilliantly play up Naomi’s adoption, with the use of Superman, creates a nice contrast. There’s clearly more to Naomi’s story, some seems to hinted at here. And, there’s an interesting story to be told in the differences between two adopted characters. If Naomi is the child of a hero or villain, how does her being raised differ than Superman? That seems to be the direction that Bendis and Walker are going.
The art by Jamal Campbell, with lettering by Carlos M. Mangual, is fantastic. There’s something that pops here and there’s pages that are amazing to look at. Campbell’s style just has a energy about it that fits Naomi’s story perfectly. The character designs are top notch. For a series that’s more Scooby-Doo than anything, the art is stellar with a fantastic flow and pacing.
Two issues and this series is fantastic. It’s building a mystery that I want to find out about. It’s not a chore like some reads where you just want to find out the answer, this is one that you can easily become invested in as it blends superheroics and a simple question. I want to know about Naomi’s past. The team is delivering a comic that’s all about the mystery but is filled with emotion and one of the best new characters in some time.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker Art: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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