Surprise! DC’s Naomi #5 Review
Naomi’s life is something of a quiet surprise package. Thrust into this universe and adopted by an alien being and an Earthling, she always felt there was a piece missing out of her life that has plagued her soul for some time. Naomi was never one for being into materialism or being into popular trends that most teenagers involve themselves in. Young, curious, and charismatic, she lives her Earthly life as an ordinary high school student, but deep down inside herself there was something in her that was not ordinary, and in this issue she gets to find out. In Naomi #5 Brian Bendis, and David Walker have finally revealed the truth about Naomi that will forever change her life and the DC Universe. After being taken by her parents to a remote location outside of town her adopted father shows Naomi she’s not from around here or anywhere in this galaxy.
She is unique in every way. Created out of love, but exiled from those who must protect her, the sudden departure from her universe was an act of desperation. Avoiding Naomi from death by the hands of an evil tyrant, she was banished to another universe for a chance at life. Now a teenager with Superman envy issues, Naomi could be the next generation of superheroes in the DC Universe, with power far beyond those of mortal men. Who would be so evil to destroy a little girl? What does she possess that is a threat? The diary of a teenage superhero is unlocked and all its secrets are revealed as my review of Naomi #5 is forging your way.
This is the cornerstone moment where Naomi is being told the truth about her origins and what it means for the DC Universe. It is by far the most surprising piece of comic book reading in a long time. Long ago, in a world much like ours, an Earth-like planet was slowly using up all of its resources. So much so it depleted its protective ozone that allowed an unknown radiation belt to bombard the planet entirely. Although everyone survived, a handful of members of the population were adversely affected. They began to possess god-like powers which resulted in the beginning of the end for them. For the majority, many of them remained on Earth and use their powers for good, all except one.
A man called Zubado, who was imprisoned and sentenced to death, was bestowed limitless power and now is hell-bent to use it and rule all mercilessly. With every accomplished victory, he takes what he wants and there’s no one to stop him. Since the “Crisis” occurred, it has made the population sterile, unable to bear any children until Naomi’s parents bore a child. The two created a pure-breed being that could possibly bring down Zubado, and he’s not exactly thrilled at the idea. So in order to save their child, Naomi was sent to through an interdimensional portal where another Earth stood the best chances on her survival. But as luck would have it, Zubado may have gotten the break he’s been looking for and is dying to meet Naomi.
The character of Naomi is something of a modern-day fairy-tale but in a superhero sense. Like Cinderella, a young girl wanting to become more than just a common teenager. She lives her life being ordinary until she sees Superman fly into her town it begins to make her wonder about her orphan past. It obsesses her to the point of her losing her own identity and needs counseling from a psychiatrist. As she looks for answers about an incident that just happened at the same time as her birthday, she gets a clue from a muscle motorbike mechanic that sparks her suspicions. It the proverbial glass slipper she’s been searching for.
Although, little is known what sort of power Naomi has control over, the ability of flight is definitely one of them. I love that fact, Brian and David, allow the story to lay to rest some common superhero traditions. They broke the cardinal rule of keeping your true identity a secret. Needing someone she can comfy with, she tells her best friend Anna. Although this breaks tradition, they do manage to give what any character a purpose of becoming a superhero, a purpose in life to be the one to lift those who are unable to lift themselves. Earth, yet again, is given a hero who’s forced to leave loved ones behind for a chance at salvation and in turn be a beacon of redemption of humanities poor-choices.
Artwork / Writing / Enjoyment
There is a lot going on in this issue. Flash-back galore as well as some tender moments. All panels are well drawn and well colored that captured the emotional feelings of trust and love. This Naomi character will no doubt be the likes of Batman or Superman that will forever stand the test of time as well as be an integrated part in the DC Universe. Naomi is young, impressionable, curious to a point, all wrapped in a body filled with teenager emotions and the power to change the world. She’s a keeper. There are some full-page panels in this comic book that engulfs the reader of moments where things turned for the worse. Also, the comic book offers a more terrifying glimpse of Zubado as he looks like now and that’s my one disappointment. One sees the body, the power, but not the face. It looks a bit gassy and what I mean is there’s no face period. A faceless enemy, but is truly menacing.
In closing to this five-part introductory mini-series Naomi has almost no disappointments. Again, you don’t really see what the villain actually looks like, a bit of a loss, but nothing to cry about. Naomi is a new generation of a superhero with some old fashion origins. She is a unique character to read about. She sparked interests when rumors on the internet depicted Naomi as being a White Lantern that resulted in sky-rocket prices of her first four books. Both Brian and David definitely have something good here and it can only get better. There is a defying battle looming in the works, I can feel it in my bones. This battle will be an epic moment for Naomi in order to establish herself as being one of the greatest heroes. This is where her story will take off and will never look back. A great read and highly recommend it.
Naomi has almost no disappointments.