Story: David F. Walker, Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Josh Reed
What They Say:
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!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening installment of this series was decent enough but it was very much a Brian Michael Bendis show. Which in and of itself is not a bad thing, especially as I haven’t read much Marvel for twenty years and haven’t been exposed to it as much. But it’s a lot of setup and dialogue and not enough payoff to really hook you. But with the series available as part of my DC Universe subscription it’s easy enough to keep up on and Jamal Campbell’s artwork makes it very worth checking out. Even if we mostly just get a little family drama here that helps to reinforce the kinds of bonds that exist there. It’s familiar but different from what we saw with Miles Morales but you can definitely see the big picture basics between the two.
With this issue, the opening deals with the fallout of her lightly questioning Dee at the mechanics and having him throw her out – quite literally. He’s got the place locked down so she’s unable to pressure him more and that eventually leads to her asking her parents questions about it. That, however, takes quite a bit of time as she doesn’t push to get between their own ongoing daily discussions but once she does it flares up in largely expected ways. They have no idea what he knows, they reinforce that her adoption was a closed one, they claim to want to know as much as she does but are simply limited by things. It’s all normal and reasonable and even the mild lashing out at Dee doesn’t feel wrong even if it was Naomi that opened the avenue of discussion. But, at its core, we see what this family unit is like.
It doesn’t answer Naomi’s questions, however, and that has her trying to get her friends like Annabell to ask her parents about Dee and events from the past, but they’re not much help. There’s a kind of general lack of curiosity there that’s amusing if not signifying something else for later. Naomi’s frustration is definitely growing and seeing how it’s impacting her, all since Superman arrived, is fun to watch. Even if it has her sneaking out in the middle of the night and breaking into the garage to find some proof of a connection with Dee. What she finds may prove it but I suspect Bendis has a twist or two to put into place so that it’s not as obvious as it seems because being so obvious would really cut the legs out from underneath this mystery in a big way by the second issue.
I have no idea what to expect in full from Naomi at this point but it’s a light commitment that’s easy to keep up with if just for the artwork itself. Campbell definitely has a great eye for design and layout as this book flows very smoothly throughout and has some really interesting characters. Dee alone makes me want to know more about him and what his life has been like as such a brick of a character. Bendis’ script is pretty much pure Bendis even when just dealing with one or two characters in the room at a time but it covers a lot of dialogue that does feel natural with how it would play out. I’m still curious about this overall so I’ll be keeping up with it easily but I’m wary of too many key reveals being made too early in its run when it needs more time to marinate.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via DC Universe
Release Date: February 20th, 2019