Naomi #2 Review/Rumination Possibly the best DC comic on the shelves.
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***SYNOPSIS - SPOILERS***
Naomi #2 may be the first great comic I've reviewed that I had to mark own because It 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 revelation Dee forcibly removes her from his garage and leaves abruptly. Naomi is deeply distressed by this information and rightly wonders what the hell is going on?
She goes home and during dinner asks her adopted parents how it is that the mechanic knows her. She even asks if Dee is her adopted father. This clearly is a leap in logic but comes up during the conversation because she literally has nothing to work with in regards to her 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 this year. The problem 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 he 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 the probably the most natural and normal depiction of an African American girl I've ever seen rendered in comics. He's also great at depicting all of the truly heartfelt moments throughout the issue. Jamal is great at conveying emotions in his characters. In issue #1 a lot of the interactions were exaggerated. It's still over the top in spots this time around but a lot more subdued.
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.