Naomi #2 Review/Rumination Possibly the best DC comic on the shelves.
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
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***SYNOPSIS - SPOILERS***
Naomi #2 may be the first great comic I've reviewed that also pissed me off. The first issue ended on the cliffhanger of the local mechanic, Dee revealing that the last superhero incident in town happened the day that Naomi was adopted.
After this reveal, Dee forcibly removes her from his garage and leaves abruptly. Naomi is deeply distressed and rightly wonders what the hell is going on? She later asks her adopted parents how it is that the mechanic knows her. She even asks if Dee is her real Dad. This is clearly a leap in logic but comes up during the conversation because she literally has nothing to work with in regards to her true identity.
After doing some digging Naomi finds out that Dee used to be a resident of Iron Heights prison. This further upsets her because Dee is seemingly a reformed supervillain. Unable to sleep, Naomi goes back to the garage and runs straight into Dee. The comic ends with Naomi demanding that he reveal what their connection is.
Naomi #2 is an excellent comic. In fact, it's one of the best single issues I've read in 2019. The problem with the comic is that Issue #1 exists. The comic ends with Naomi confronting Dee at the end. The book essentially ends in the exact same location as the first issue with practically the same cliffhanger going into issue #3.
This is very shoddy and shouldn't have made it past editorial. I understand Bendis is DC's golden child but this is particularly egregious. What should have happened is that these two issues should have been edited into one and the issue should have either been double-sized or sold at a discounted price point.
Jamal Campbell continues to really impress me. This character is probably the most natural and normal depiction of an African American girl I've ever seen rendered in comics. He's also great at conveying all of the truly heartfelt and emotional moments throughout the issue. In issue #1 a lot of the interactions were exaggerated. Issue #2 is still over the top but the issue is a lot more subdued in its storytelling.
These moments resonated with me and it's really cool because, in the midst of all of this drama, there is an amazing 2-page spread of a flashback depicting Superman battling the Flash rogues galaxy at Iron Heights. This is great foreshadowing and lets us know that when the action finally is injected into the series Jamal is more than up to the task. I'm heavily invested in seeing where this story is going.
I just hate feeling like it's groundhog day.