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Review: Naomi #5

Naomi #5

Naomi #5 delivers the goods at it takes the build up and actually pays off. Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe?

Even if you haven’t been reading this series, Naomi #5 is a surprisingly accessible issue. Writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker have put together an issue that feels like a classic origin. The promises and hype leading up pay off. Naomi #5 has been worth the wait.

In the previous issue we began to get a better idea of the wonderful world Bendis and Walker have put together and here we get the rest of the puzzle. The issue chronicles Naomi’s origin opening up so many possibilities of what’s to come. It’s the tone though that stands out. The issue is touching with heart and a sense of love throughout. It takes the best of classic origin stories and weaves it together with a modern narrative style. The end result is a magical experience and one of the best new comics of recent years.

The issue’s beauty is helped by the art of Jamal Campbell who along with letterer Wes Abbott create visual amazement. Traditional page, panels, and text layouts are gone at times. Instead, pages focus on Campbell’s art with a text overlay. The comic at times takes on the feel of a picture book creating a richer reading experience. Letter boxes would distract from Campbell’s art. Abbott’s lettering floating on the page instead adds to the magical nature of it all.

To say this issue is amazing and a thing of wonder is an understatement. The team has put together an origin issue far into their narrative. The issue delivers and does so in an amazing way. This series, and this comic in particular, recreates the magic of my childhood. Naomi #5 is a marriage of a wonderful narrative and beautiful artwork. It’s also a series that’s woefully overlooked and one of the best superhero comics on the market today.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
Art: Jamal Campbell Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Pearl #9

Pearl #9

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

From the creators of Jessica Jones comes an all-new romantic crime comic odyssey starring master tattoo artist/assassin Pearl Tanaka! On a journey from San Francisco to discover her family’s true roots and their connection to the yakuza clan they have served her whole life, Pearl visits a seldom-seen side of Tokyo. Featuring devastatingly gorgeous multimedia work by award-winning artist Michael Gaydos.

Pearl #9

Preview: Naomi #5

Naomi #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

This is it! In this issue, all secrets are revealed! Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe? It’s the one you’ve been waiting for from Bendis, Walker and Campbell.

Naomi #5

Preview: Superman #11

Superman #11

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: May 15, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Named one of the best books of the year by Paste Magazine, Comics Beat and others, the Unity Saga continues! The drama of the House of El tears the galaxy in half as Superman and his son are forced to confront his father about the secrets of Krypton in front of the gathered heads of the galaxy. Superman makes a bold choice that will forever change his relationship to the Earth, the Justice League and his family! Witness one of the most important chapters in Superman history!

Superman #11

Review: DC’s Year of the Villain #1

DC's Year of the Villain #1

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all.

The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.

For just 25 cents, is there really any reason to not get this comic? Your only excuse is if you think it’ll be give away by your shop for Free Comic Book Day.

DC’s Year of the Villain is a teaser comic featuring three stories and lots of back material setting up major storylines either beginning or already started in various DC Comics. For 25 cents, there really isn’t much to quibble about when it comes to the price and what you get and each story has its strengths and weaknesses.

I myself have paid half attention as to what’s going on in the various series this comic touches upon and was able to follow pretty well what was being set up but overall I’m not sure how much this sampler (not sure if that’s the best description) will suck in a new reader as say a full story comic for Free Comic Book Day. If nothing else, it’s a solid marketing idea that more publishers should try and see how it does.

Doom” by writer Scott Snyder, artist Jim Cheung, colorist Tomeu Morey, and letterer Tom Napolitano focuses on the storyline building over in Justice League as Lex Luthor has been gathering is Legion of Doom.

The story is over the top in its brazen action delivering a Luthor that you have to wonder how he can ever go back to being the industrialist enemy of Superman in the future (though there’ll always be some way for that to happen). The visuals are amazing as Luthor lays out his vision of what must happen to Brainiac delivering an ending that’s shocking and unexpected.

Leviathan” by Brian Michael Bendis, artist Alex Maleev, and letterer Joshua Reed focuses on the ongoing Superman story that has a mysterious organization that’s taking on the “black-ops” like organizations that pervade the DC Universe. Focusing on Batgirl and Green Arrow, the story is interesting in what it hints at and where it eventually goes. Maleev’s art is the draw here and it makes me long for him to draw a Green Arrow series.

Justice” is the third story by writer James Tynion IV, Francis Manapul on art, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. This focus is on the Source Wall storyline that has taken the DC Universe in whole new directions with their cosmic end of things. It’s the end chapter of this trilogy of stories bringing them all together into something rather interesting.

This teaser comic is interesting in that each separate story is just ok but once it’s clear how each ties together it’s something so much more. There’s clearly a lot of thought being put into this upcoming year at DC and it shows within this comic. Not to mention the amount of extra material to get you more interested. The comic also acts as a guide as to what you should read next and what you might want to go back and read.

It’s hard to say overall how good this comic really is. It has me both interested and not in what’s coming and while each individual chapter is interesting none really have me excited for what’s next. Still, for only 25 cents it’s hard to argue to not get it.

Story: Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, James Tynion IV
Art: Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Joshua Reed
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Young Justice #5

Young Justice #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Kris Anka (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Gemworld rips in half as Dark Opal battles the teen heroes of Young Justice as this huge, in-continuity epic continues. While Robin, Amethyst, Impulse, Teen Lantern and Superboy fight for their freedom, the secrets of Jinny Hex, Jonah Hex’s great-great-granddaughter, are revealed-and it is a DC Universe doozy!

Preview: DC’s Year of the Villain #1

DC’s Year of the Villain #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (A) Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul (CA) Greg Capullo
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $0.25

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all.

The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.

Don’t miss the start of “The Year of the Villain,” featuring the talents of writers Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, artists Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul and cover artist Greg Capullo-all for just $0.25!

DC's Year of the Villain #1

Preview: Action Comics #1010

Action Comics #1010

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Steve Epting
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

One by one they fall: A.R.G.U.S.! The D.E.O.! The Kobra Cult! And now, Spyral! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind all of the attacks on the top-secret and underground organizations of the DC Universe! Is it the rise of a new power in the DCU called Leviathan? Named one of the best comics of the year by Paste magazine!

Action Comics #1010

Preview: Naomi #4

Naomi #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The newest sensation in the DC Universe discovers the secret behind her birth, her adoption and her connection to the great Multiverse. Hop on board a look at the DC Multiverse you never knew existed and the new mysteries and threats it brings to our world. From the creators behind Jessica Jones and Bitter Root comes a brand-new look at the world of superheroes through the eyes of a most unlikely hero!

Naomi #4

DC’s Year of the Villain #1 Ups the Summer Heat

Comic book fans know that Summer can bring the occasional heat wave, but DC plans to keep it hot all Summer long and into the fall as more details are revealed about DC’S Year of the Villain #1, the $0.25 one-shot that hits comic book shops May 1 and sets the stage for several major story arcs by some of DC’s most celebrated writers and artists.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

In DC’s Year of the Villain #1 written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Jim Cheung, Lex Luthor has decided once and for all that heroism is a false dream and for man to ascend to his place in the universe, he must embrace his basest, most evil instincts. But this means making an incredible sacrifice to achieve his goal and gain the support of Perpetua, the first being to be imprisoned within the Source Wall, now freed from the events of Dark Nights: Metal.

Beginning with June’s issue #25, Luthor’s plans begin to crystalize in a “prelude” story co-written by Snyder and Tynion with art by Javi Fernandez. In July, he makes “The Offer” to some of the DC Universe’s most noteworthy characters; he alone holds the key to them realizing their full potential. This kicks off an epic event taking over 2019, setting the stage for an all-out clash between the forces of Justice and Doom:

  • July –  Year of the Villain: The Offer
  • August – Year of the Villain: Dark Gifts
  • September – Year of the Villain: Evil Unleashed
  • October – Year of the Villain: Doom Rising

Luthor’s influence spreads across the DCU with a select number of titles carrying a themed “Year of the Villain” banner featuring a haunting image of a Lex Luthor that’s more than he used to be. In addition, certain July issues will receive special “portrait” variant covers featuring characters to whom “Apex Lex” makes the ultimate offer. These covers will be printed on cardstock with minimal trade dress, presenting the art in a bold, dynamic setting and carry an increased cover price ($1 extra) over the standard version.

ACTION COMICS/EVENT LEVIATHAN

Beginning with the “Leviathan Rises” storyline in Action Comics #1007, Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Epting continue to explore the DCU’s clandestine world of espionage and terrorism. The organization known as Leviathan continues to remove competitors from the playing field while its ultimate purpose (and the person behind it) remains unknown.

In DC’s Year of the Villain #1, Batgirl and Green Arrow dive further into this mystery in a story featuring a moody style reminiscent of a spy thriller (courtesy of artist Alex Maleev), where offers are made and suspicions about the identity of Leviathan are raised. Fans can follow the ongoing mystery in Action Comics #1010 (April 24), #1011 (May 11) and Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (May 29) before the DCU’s greatest sleuths and detectives join forces to thwart this full-blown threat as the six-issue event Leviathan miniseries begins on June 12.

BATMAN: CITY OF BANE

It’s going to be a long hot summer for the Dark Knight as well, courtesy of Tom King and Tony S. Daniel as “City of Bane” begins Batman #75, on sale July 17. This extra-sized anniversary issue kicks off a new multi-part storyline tying together all the threads of the first 74 issues of Tom King’s epic Batman run.

Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and rule with an iron fist; and they aren’t above rounding up any rogue villains that aren’t ready to get with the program. Meanwhile Batman is nowhere to be found – at least not the Batman that anyone knows. And if Gotham City is already under Bane’s thumb, what kind of offer can Lex Luthor make him, and will he accept?

DC’s Year of the Villain #1 is a specially priced $0.25, 32-page one shot available Wednesday, May 1 and is a great kickoff to Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 4.

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