Naomi

Naomi #6

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2019

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Naomi #6 comic reviewThe six-issue mini-series comes to a close with a story that spans two planets as Naomi steps foot on the alien world where she was born and comes face-to-face with despot who has slaughtered it (and her parents) for his own amusement. Still not fully in control of the power that is now flowing out of her, the kid manages to hold her own long enough to get home (and prevent the creature from taking even a single step on the adopted world she calls home).

As with many of the previous issues there are some small moments that stand-out as Annabelle sticks up for her friend and Naomi bonds with her mother over one hell of a day.

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Naomi #5

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2019

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Naomi #5 comic reviewWe all need a best-friend like Annabelle. Naomi #5 fills in the missing pieces to Naomi‘s story both through flashbacks to the cave and through Naomi telling her best friend that she’s from an alternate Earth, has super-powers, and that her adoptive parents are aliens from outer space. Annabelle takes things pretty well.

Through the artifact, which she absorbs into her skin, Naomi not only unlocks her god-like powers, but also receives a message from her long-lost biological parents explaining who she is, the world she is from, and why they were forced to send her away to keep her safe from another mad god on their own Earth who wanted the child dead. All things considered, Naomi takes things pretty well, too.

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Naomi #4

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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Naomi #4 comic reviewBrian Michael Bendis is such a tease. The fourth issue of Naomi offers some answers but leaves just as many questions dangling. From her adopted father, who is actually a soldier from Rann, Naomi learns the true story of how her parents met and how he was sent here to track down a Thanagarian assassin (the same mechanic who had trouble hiding the truth from Naomi once she began asking questions).

As to who Naomi’s parents were, and who she is, well… that’s still a bit of mystery. That she arrived through a portal, hunted down by an undefined group, offers a deeper mystery. The fact that the woman who was running with her (her mother? or her kidnapper?) also left behind a little something extra in a small box will likely lead to its own series of questions.

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Naomi #3

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2019

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Naomi #3 comic reviewStill searching for answers, and sure the adults in her town know more than they are telling, Naomi pushes Dee for information. What the lumbering, but terrified, mechanic offers, however, shocks the adopted girl from Oregon. He and the love of his life were elite Thanagarian warriors who ran away from their duties to Earth, but were sadly were separated before she could join him.

Given the interruption by Naomi’s incredibly irate adoptive mother, Dee’s story ends before any of it begins to tie directly to Naomi. However, given that her adoptive father reveals that he too is from space, it seems like the wild story of Naomi’s parentage may be far stranger than she could have imagined.

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Naomi #1

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2019

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Naomi #1 comic reviewWriters 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.

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