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‘Naomi #5’ (review)

Written by David F. Walker
and Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Jamal Campbell
Published by DC Comics


This series has had it’s ups and downs over the last few issues.

The first issue had a intriguing premise followed by subsequent issues that had really quick revelations. Those revelations didn’t allow for the reader to catch a breath and process. So I feel like I missed something. This issue however promises even more revelations. The question here is, did it deliver?

The issue starts off a lot more grounded than the previous issue. It’s a complete change and honestly, it’s a welcome one. Naomi meets up with Annabelle and tries to tell her everything that has happened to her recently. It’s pretty funny and it’s actually a well crafted scene. Naomi tells Annabelle that she is from outer space.

Annabelle’s reaction is an enthusiastic “Wow!” I enjoyed that very much and it was an honest moment.

Naomi then shows Annabelle an impromptu display of her powers. It’s a glorious scene, and it’s beautifully illustrated by Jamal Campbell. I just love his work. He just puts it all on the page and he’s going places as an artist. I have a feeling he will be around for many more years to come as a comic book artist of note. Lucky us.

Naomi recounts things that have happened to her and things about her alien culture to Annabelle. And that’s honestly where I lost a little bit of interest. The writers tell us all about it, which is fine. But it’s not as exciting as seeing it. We instead get flashes of the story Naomi is telling and not much else.

By the end, we see that Naomi has brought a villain to this world. The villain looks scary and all but there wasn’t enough build up for them to register as an actual threat. Instead, the cliffhanger felt like it was rather flat. There isn’t much action either and it almost feels like we’ve been sitting around for quite awhile.

Still, this is better than the previous issue. There are revelations that I wasn’t terribly moved by, but at least they happened more gradually. But even when I wasn’t moved, the art made my eyes light up. It’s incredible.



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