Review: Naomi #2

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis & David F. Walker

Artist: Jamal Campbell

Letters: Carlos M. Mangual

 

Summary

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? Big emotions, new characters and a last page cliffhanger that can’t be missed lead off this issue drawn by breakout sensation Jamal Campbell. Don’t miss your chance to meet the most exciting new character in the DC Universe!

Positives

What seeds were planted from an initial appearance from Superman in Naomi’s hometown?  That was the butterfly’s wings that sets up the tsunami that is probably on the horizon.

Bendis and Walker capture a teenager’s life perfectly.  The well meaning parents that attempt to text “cool speak”, but fail miserably (picture Phil Dunfee on Modern Family) and the importance of friends via texting, screen time, and in person.  The framing of this is perfect both in writing and the art!

What Miles Morales did for Marvel, I have a feeling Naomi will be doing for DC…whether she has powers or not.  She’s going to have an impact!

 

Negatives

I wish there were more pages.  Bendis’ stories always plant deliberate seeds in a slow fashion.  He is not a John Grisham or Stephen King or Dean Koontz who place you immediately into a story.  He drips the story along.  It’s worth it in the end, but you have to invest in a slow ride.  Which is funny since he and Walker are writing about a teenager in this day and time where they are on microwave oven speed, and his writing is that of a crock pot!

 

Verdict

I’m in and you should be too!  It’s early!  Pick up #1 and #2 now.  You have the luxury now of getting in on the ground floor of something special!

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!