Updated: Jan 24
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Publisher: DC Comics
When the "Wonder Comics" line was first announced, I was looking forward to YOUNG JUSTICE more than anything. That team always held a special place in my heart. But NAOMI stood out to me as well. It wasn't just the fact that Bendis and David Walker were writing it, or that the amazing Jamal Campbell was illustrating it, it was the because we were getting an entirely new character in the DCU. The fact that two of my favorite writers were creating something new that was going to have deep ties to the DCU at large I was sold.
This issue was without a doubt one of the best debut issues, starring a brand new character, in years. It has a similar energy of another Bendis book, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, and you can feel all the heart that shines through in Walker's writing as well. while not heavy on action we are treated to a book that dives into our lead character and her supporting cast. Naomi herself is an interesting character, she herself is adopted and has somewhat of a fascination with Superman. Especially after the battle that tore through her small town. She has a mysterious past and has no idea who her real parents are. She seems to have a hunger for figuring out more about who she is and where she comes from.
One of the best parts of the issue was the towns reaction to Superman. These people live in a small town and have never experienced something like this. So naturally that's all they can talk about for the next few days. Naomi searches the internet for any mention of the "Superman battle" but nothing shows up. This only deepens her desire to find out more about who she is. The cliffhanger teases that she might find out sooner than later, but only time will tell.
While Bendis and Walker delivered a fantastic story it is Jamal Campbell who really shines. His art, as Walker has said, is some "next level" stuff. He does it all, pencils, inks, and colors. He makes the town of Port Oswego come to life in a way that makes you feel like you've been there before. Within that town he has filled it with a unique and diverse cast of people, no two people look alike. Every face is distinct in their own way, and they way he shows every subtle change in their faces is where he really blew me away. This is some of the most beautiful and expressive art I've seen in a comic book.
So the writing was excellent and the art was phenomenal. I can't say enough good things about this book. it was a fantastic debut and is shaping up to be another important book not just in the "Wonder Comics" line but at DC in general. What are you waiting for, go buy this book RIGHT NOW.