Thursday, January 31, 2019

Naomi #1

Writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker team-up with artist Jamal Campbell to tell a different kind of story with Naomi #1. Our protagonist isn't a super-hero or vigilante of any kind, just a (seemingly) ordinary teenager in a small town who becomes obsessed after Superman's fight with Mongul. Easily the most exciting thing to hit the town in her lifetime, Naomi becomes a bit Superman-obsessed (even discussing the Man of Steel with her shrink).

With some of the flavor of Astro City or Marvels, the opening issue of the series pulls you in by framing the story from an unexpected perspective. So obsessed with the recent events, Naomi begins investigating rumors about the only previous time super-heroes appeared in town. Finding it hard to find anyone who remembers or is willing to talk about it, Naomi eventually uncovers a coincidence to the date of the event and her own life that is too large to ignore.

While it seems unlikely that we'll see much action in this comic, Bendis and Walker have sold me on Naomi as a character and the the small thread she now holds to unravel a larger mystery. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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