(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell In Shops: Mar 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
A brand-new character in the DC Universe comes into focus as Naomi confronts the one person in her small town she is convinced knows the secret of her mysterious adoption and her obsession with Superman. The truth is going to change both her and the DC Universe forever. The secret of Naomi opens the door to an enormous reveal you will not want to miss. This exciting new mystery from the powerhouse creative team of writers Brian Michael Bendis (Jessica Jones, Spider-Man) and David F. Walker (Shaft, Cyborg) and new, amazing art talent Jamal Campbell.
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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There’s a new comic publisher on the block. David F. Walker is launching his own publishing company, Solid Comix which will focus on creator-owned comic series and graphic novels.
The first release will be One Fall which debuts this spring. One Fall is written by Walker with art by co-creator Brett Weldele and input from writer Ted Pirro. Following One Fall, also to be released in 2019, will be The Hated with artist Sean Damien Hill. One Fall is a a five-issue mini-series.
This is a return to self-publishing for Walker who began his career in 1996 with a self-published ‘zine BadAzz MoFo.
Walker will still work with other publishers and has other projects coming out over the “next several years.”
Walker current writes the recently launched Naomi from DC Comics and Wonder Comics, Superb from Lion Forge and his creator-owned series Bitter Root published by Image Comics. He also teaches comic writing at Portland State with a new class beginning in Spring 2020.
DC’s biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home—and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi’s journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics’ massively ambitious new series and star…NAOMI.
Brian Michael Bendis‘ Wonder Comics imprint is only two series in and it’s already shaking things up with the new series Naomi which delivers something very different and cool. It’s a debut issue you’ll want to get with solid story and fantastic art.
Naomi #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, Jamal Campbell, and Josh Reed.
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(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A) Jamal Campbell In Shops: Jan 23, 2019 SRP: $3.99
DC’s biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi’s journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics’ massively ambitious new series and star… NAOMI.
Image Comics has announced that Bitter Root #1 by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming demand.
Bitter Root takes place in the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance in full swing. The new series will follow the Sangerye Family—New York (and the world’s) only hope for salvation from supernatural forces threatening doom and destruction. Once the greatest family of monster hunters in the world, the Sangeryes must move beyond the tragedies of the past, or be forced to sit back and watch an unimaginable evil ravage the human race.
Bitter Root #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT188242), Bitter Root #2 Cover A by Greene (Diamond Code OCT180144), Bitter Root #2 by Cover B Sienkiewicz (Diamond Code OCT180145), Bitter Root #2 Cover C by Cho (Diamond Code OCT180146), and Bitter Root #2 Cover D by Woods (Diamond Code OCT180147) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 19th.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: David F. Walker Artist: Chris Mooneyham, Lalit Kumar Sharma Colorist: Jason Worde Letterer: Ed Dukeshire Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera Price: $19.99
General Ursus has always hated and feared mankind. Get a glimpse at his rise through the ranks to General and what experiences brought him to the Forbidden Zone.
Set in the world of the classic Planet of the Apes films, discover what drives the fiercest enemy of man: General Ursus.
Written by the critically acclaimed David Walker (Luke Cage) and illustrated by Christopher Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) and Lalit Kumar Sharma (Witchblade) discover the truth hidden deep in the Forbidden Zone, and in Ursus’ past!
One of the most underrated filmmakers of all time is Mario Van Peebles. His movies both entertain and provoke thought. New Jack City brought the world to the inner city and made it face the crack dilemma. Panther told the story of the Black Panthers through a rather unique perspective. Then there is the movie which I consider his best, Baadasssss, about his father’s monumental film that started the conversation of what Black people would like to see in theaters.
His movies filled a space where people rarely saw themselves on screen. The films sometimes were based on real life and sometimes delved into other genres where he made sure to change the game. He challenged the trope that black people usually died in fantasy and horror films by making them the heroes. His most recent show on Syfy, Superstition, revolved around a demon hunting family in New Orleans. This last foray into television yielded mixed results. It lacked a few things but was an exceptional concept. In the first issue of David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene’s Bitter Root, the promise shown in that show is fully realized in a similar concept with a few twists.
We are transported to 1920s Harlem where a young couple is killed by mysterious circumstances. In the comic we meet the Sangerye family, a group of demon hunters whose purpose is to protect New York and cancel the apocalypse. We also meet Doctor Sylvester who is searching for a serum to control his supernatural condition. The Sangeryes may be his only hope.
Overall, the first issue is an excellent debut that unfolds like Dirty Dozen meets the Italian Job where one badass family is about to save the world. The story by David F. Walker and Chuck Brown is action packed, epic, smart, funny and challenges just about every supernatural trope. The art by Sanford Greene is stunning and luminous. Altogether, one of the best books to come from Image in a while, one that already has changed the game.
Story: David F. Walker and Chuck Brown Art: Sanford Greene Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
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