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Get a First Look at DC and The CW’s Naomi

DC and The CW have released an official image from the anticipated series Naomi. The image is of actress Kaci Walfall as Naomi McDuffie.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell, the series is about Naomi an adopted high school student living in a small town unaware of her history.

The released image is a bit of an homage to the cover of the first issue that introduced the character which you can see below. If given a green light, the series will stay true to the comic series which ran for six issues (so far).

Along with Walfall, Naomi also stars Alexander Wraith as Dee, Cranston Johnson as Zumbado, and Camila Moreno as Lourdes. It’s executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Jill Blankenship, Sarah Bremner, and Paul Garnes, and produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Get an Early Look at Proctor Valley Road #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #3, the next issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, colorist Tamra Bonvillain and letterer Jim Campbell about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #3, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on May 12, 2021.

The girls are supposed to stay out of trouble…and away from the haunted stretch of Proctor Valley Road. But a stolen police car leads to the return of the Proctor Valley Bull and more danger than anyone could imagine…

Proctor Valley Road #3 features a main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and James Harren.

Proctor Valley Road #3

Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and Games Wan’s The Trench Not Moving Forward

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.

In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:

As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.

New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.

The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.

While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.

DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with the HBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.

DC is still focused on creating a film universe with The Flash, tackling the DC multiverse, being key to what comes next. Upcoming films include Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and projects featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. There’s also the third Wonder Woman film, newly announced Zatanna, and Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: An important message from GENE LUEN YANG – Please read this.

KXII-TV – New comic book store opens in Sherman – Always great to see new stores opening.

The Beat – Ava DuVernay’s NAOMI casts Kaci Walfall in the title role – So excited for this series!

The Mary Sue – Zack Snyder Calls Out Bigoted Fans: “There’s No Room for Hate” – Good.

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The CW Orders a Pilot for Ava DuVernay and DC’s Naomi

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When we originally read it, we knew there was something big coming from Naomi. The 2019 comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell is getting a pilot for The CW by Ava DuVernay. The comic was released by DC Comics under Bendis’ Wonder Comics imprint.

The series follows a young girl with a mysterious history and her journey to being a hero from her small town to the multiverse. It’s a true origin story and one of the best comics of 2019.

The CW series is being written and exec produced by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship. The project will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also set as EPs.

If the series is picked up, it’d be the first DC drama on the network that’s not produced by Greg Berlanti. The CW has been shifting and figuring out what’s next for DCTV as numerous series wind down or have ended. It was recently announced that Black Lightning will end along with Supergirl after the current season. That leaves The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. Stargirl is also moving to The CW from DC’s digital service.

A spin-off from Black Lightning is also in the works as well as the Greg-Berlanti produced Wonder Girl, both are DC properties. The pilots announced by the CW doesn’t mean these projects aren’t going forward, there may be “room for more”.

DuVernay is also working on the DC/Vertigo series DMZ which will air on HBO Max.

Naomi in the Works for The CW with Ava DuVernay

Naomi #1

When we originally read it, we knew there was something big coming from Naomi. The 2019 comic series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell is being developed as a television show for The CW by Ava DuVernay. The comic was released by DC Comics under Bendis’ Wonder Comics imprint.

The series follows a young girl with a mysterious history and her journey to being a hero from her small town to the multiverse. It’s a true origin story and one of the best comics of 2019.

The CW series is being written and exce produced by DuVernay and Jill Blankenship.

If the series is picked up, it’d be the first DC drama on the network that’s not produced by Greg Berlanti. The CW has been shifting and figuring out what’s next for DCTV as numerous series wind down or have ended. It was recently announced that Black Lightning will end along with Supergirl after the current season. That leaves The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. Stargirl is also moving to The CW from DC’s digital service. A spin-off from Black Lightning is also in the works.

DuVernay is also working on the DC/Vertigo series DMZ which will air on HBO Max.

Review: Naomi Season One

Naomi is an amazing debut with art that captures that magical beginning. One of the best debuts of a character and comics of the year.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker
Art: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual

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Review: Naomi #6

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Naomi #6 wraps up the first season of the series more people should be reading. With her origins finally revealed, Naomi embraces the journey ahead and charts a course for the future and her role.

Naomi has been a series that has flown under the radar. Each issue has been a combination of entertaining story and breathtaking art. Together, it’s one of the best debuts of a superhero in some time.

With her origin revealed, we finally get conflict and a villain who feels like an actual threat. Up to this point, Naomi has been a series about discovery and this last issue pivots a bit delivering what is the first real battle.

With a “season 2” coming, writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker give us that initial battle that has us excited to see more down the road. It’s a taste of what’s to come with a flair that evokes manga. While the series could have used one more issue, the finale has Naomi finding her “voice” in a sense. That’s been a theme for the series, one of discovery. And with that, Bendis and Walker have created a series that feels like constant wonder.

Naomi #6 really stands out for the art courtesy of Jamal Campbell. The sense of visual style evokes manga battles with over the top exaggeration and a look that has you feel Naomi powering up and delivering her punches. It’s a unique comic and stands out from the rest of DC’s releases. The art delivers the youthful energy of the story and combined with the story itself has that audience in mind. Campbell has stood out for this entire series firmly planting himself as one of the best artists out there currently. Every issue has rocked the visuals and this one is no exception.

Naomi #6 caps off a series too few people are reading. It delivers the magic that Bendis has done before with other characters and combined with Walker’s style, creates a first volume that has us excited to see what comes next. Along with art that pops from the page, this is a series that needs to be read and delivers on the excitement of an origin story that seems to be a lost art form. Along with a youthful voice and look, this is one of the best debut volumes of the year and we can’t wait for more.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker
Art: Jamal Campbell Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Naomi #6

Naomi #6

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
RATED T+
FINAL ISSUE
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

This is it, the end of the first season of NAOMI by the breakout collaboration of writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and artist Jamal Campbell! With her origins finally revealed, Naomi embraces the journey ahead and charts a course for the future and her role.

Naomi #6

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

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