NAOMI #4 / Writer: Brian Michael Bendis & David F. Walker / Artist: Jamal Campbell / Letterer: Wes Abbott / Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell / Publisher: DC Comics / Published: March 17, 2019
A Mystery of Cosmic Proportions
Like Bendis’s Marvel character Jessica Jones, Naomi has become part of the DC universe as if she was always there. The series looks like it’s going to go through every aspect of DC in this mystery story. The DC mystery of the decade is Naomi: Who is she? Where does she come from? Last issue, we discovered her adoptive father is actually from Rann, and now we get the story behind that, adding a new, cosmic angle to the story that feels integral to the DC Universe. Rann and Thanagar are old-school concepts that I’m happy to see Bendis and Walker writing in a modern light.
Back in Black
Jamal Campbell’s character designs in this comic are amazing. Naomi and her friends’ style, similar to back in issue one, look like actual teenagers. The new models of Rann armor, as Adam Strange wears it, is my favorite. Naomi’s dad’s black and white suit is nostalgic and straightforward, I love it.
The Mystery Thickens
Sadly, this is another red herring. We still don’t know for sure what Naomi’s origin is. It seems to be cosmically related, but it could honestly be anything. There’s so much potential in this character that I could see her being anything, from an alien to a sentient concept to Batman’s lost daughter. This is the biggest comic book mystery since the identity of the Red Hulk. (That was a thing, google it, people cared.) Anyway, I love this book and am excited to see how the mystery unfolds.
Verdict: 4 out of 5