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When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small northwestern town, Naomi begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home--and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small northwestern town, Naomi begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home--and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics' massively ambitious new series and star...Naomi! Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made - when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics. Collects Naomi issues #1-6.


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When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small northwestern town, Naomi begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home--and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small northwestern town, Naomi begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home--and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics' massively ambitious new series and star...Naomi! Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made - when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics. Collects Naomi issues #1-6.

30 review for Naomi: Season One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    A kid, sent to Earth on a spaceship by their birth parents who’re left behind on a doomed planet, is raised by surrogate parents in a small American town and discovers they gots superpowers. Wow - how DOES Brian Bendis come up with such original ideas? Bendis - the dude also writing both Superman titles! But yeah this kid is Naomi, not Superpants - although he is all over that first issue to let you know this be a DC book and, y’know, parallels and junk. I know I sound dismissive but actually A kid, sent to Earth on a spaceship by their birth parents who’re left behind on a doomed planet, is raised by surrogate parents in a small American town and discovers they gots superpowers. Wow - how DOES Brian Bendis come up with such original ideas? Bendis - the dude also writing both Superman titles! But yeah this kid is Naomi, not Superpants - although he is all over that first issue to let you know this be a DC book and, y’know, parallels and junk. I know I sound dismissive but actually Naomi, Season One wasn’t bad. There’s nothing about it that’s especially unique, particularly if you’re familiar with Bendis’ work, but it’s well done - the usual “Lil ol me’s a superhero waaaa?!” but slick and surprisingly compelling. Though I wouldn’t say Naomi is up there among them, read the first Miles Morales or Riri Williams books and you’ll know Bendis can write some absolutely cracking opening volumes in this vein. Like a lot of Bendis books, Season One is a slow burn, though it’s enjoyable enough to see the mystery of who Naomi really is unfold. Where it kinda lost me was the third act when the fifth issue turned into one long artless info dump, all of which revealed Naomi’s secret origin to be, unfortunately, unremarkably bland by superhero standards. And the usual Bendis line of supporting characters - the ditzy bestie, the loving (but of course tough) parents, the troubled mentor - did nothing to show me any of this was fresh new territory for the Bendyman. I really hate when the villain turns out to be this giant monster who wants to take over the world because it’s such a tedious cliche at this point but that’s precisely who the big bad in this story is. So of course things end with an uninspired and rote punch up - guess who wins? Exactly - we’re only on “Season One” member. Also, does Naomi have any weaknesses? She doesn’t seem to have a kryptonite. I hope she’s not some dull flawless protagonist because that will lead to some very boring stories very quickly. Jamal Campbell’s art is a revelation. It’s very pretty and extremely polished whether he’s drawing close-ups, distance shots, splash pages, action or talky scenes - it’s never less than impressive. Some of the characters have that appealing Disney-esque look to their faces - very expressive, big eyes, dramatic body language - and the book has an appropriately cinematic look to it (“Season One” - it certainly looks like a big budget TV series). If you’re a fan of David Marquez’s art (he drew Bendis’ Invincible Iron Man and Civil War II), you’ll dig Jamal Campbell’s style. It’s nothing that most superhero comics fans won’t have seen before but Naomi Season One is a decent read and another interesting addition to Bendis’ new Wonder Comics line. I’ll come back for Season Two but I hope Bendis and co. dare to stray a bit from the superhero formula they seem to be content chugging for the umpteenth time in Season One.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    This started out really well but petered out in the second half into a pretty generic superheroic punchy-punch thing with tons of awkward exposition dumps. Naomi is a cool new character that has that Miles Morales-esque feel to her, but her origin ended up being far too convoluted and hard to follow, and yet there is a lot of time devoted here to explaining how exactly she came to be. Otherwise it's an okay read, but could have been so much better. Kind of made me wish that Naomi wouldn't end up This started out really well but petered out in the second half into a pretty generic superheroic punchy-punch thing with tons of awkward exposition dumps. Naomi is a cool new character that has that Miles Morales-esque feel to her, but her origin ended up being far too convoluted and hard to follow, and yet there is a lot of time devoted here to explaining how exactly she came to be. Otherwise it's an okay read, but could have been so much better. Kind of made me wish that Naomi wouldn't end up being a super-powered character at all, just remaining a normal teenager fascinated with superheroes like we meet her in issue #1, probably the best issue of the whole collection. Jamal Campbell's artwork is absolutely gorgeous though, the book is a total eye-candy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Naomi is an adopted teenager trying to find out about where she came from after Superman and Mongul passed through her town in the midst of a fight. One of Bendis's main strengths is writing believable and engaging teenagers, that trend continues. I like how Bendis layered the story, building on it with each issue. My only issue is how the later issues are static info-dumps. Naomi doesn't do anything, she just listens. All in all though, a great start and I'm ready to read more. Jamal Campbell's Naomi is an adopted teenager trying to find out about where she came from after Superman and Mongul passed through her town in the midst of a fight. One of Bendis's main strengths is writing believable and engaging teenagers, that trend continues. I like how Bendis layered the story, building on it with each issue. My only issue is how the later issues are static info-dumps. Naomi doesn't do anything, she just listens. All in all though, a great start and I'm ready to read more. Jamal Campbell's art is tremendous. My one complaint about it is that it can get too effects driven at times, to the point where it's hard to make out the action in a panel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I'm a pretty big fan of Bendis. He is a huge reason I'm into comics (Ultimate Spider-man was my first major Marvel comic growing up) and so I will always give his work a chance. For the most part, all his Jinx stuff and DC stuff has been pretty entertaining, and I think Naomi follows in those footsteps even though it feels like it covers familiar ground. We start with a everyday situation in DC. Superman comes crashing into town and Naomi, our main character, misses it. She seems to always miss I'm a pretty big fan of Bendis. He is a huge reason I'm into comics (Ultimate Spider-man was my first major Marvel comic growing up) and so I will always give his work a chance. For the most part, all his Jinx stuff and DC stuff has been pretty entertaining, and I think Naomi follows in those footsteps even though it feels like it covers familiar ground. We start with a everyday situation in DC. Superman comes crashing into town and Naomi, our main character, misses it. She seems to always miss the badass fights. But then she feels something is off and begins investigating the town and her past. What feels like a Nancy drew comic soon becomes a sci-fi adventure with tons of colorful fights and a ton of new lore for the DC Universe. I personally enjoyed parts of this a lot, while others I was bored. I Like the cast, especially Naomi, her parents, and Dee. The girlfriend was okay but the rest worked well. I also enjoy the art a lot, it's really pretty and the fights are epic and fun. The pacing is solid up until issue 5-6 where they become HUGE exposition dumps. And while the lore could be interesting there's parts I was very bored learning about who Naomi is and the one dimensional villain. Overall, the idea of this being season 1, makes me feel this might work out in the long run. Like most season 1 TV shows, it builds up a new universe I like and I'm involved with but didn't blow me away. It's good, especially for giving us a new hero, but I hope season 2 drops the heavy exposition for more natural storytelling while keeping this amazing art. A 3.5 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Do something that makes someone feel better or do better or just help. Just pick someone up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dimitra

    "Promise me you'll make your world a better place. Any way you can. Your dad says: every day. You do it every day. Like breathing and eating. Do something that makes someone feel better or do better or just help. Just pick someone up."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This second Wonder Comic has a lot of heart, but unfortunately it doesn't have the writing chops that it needs to succeed. It's a fun coming of age story, about a girl who wants to be a hero. And, the author(s) really place a spotlight on the fact that it's a wish-fulfillment story. Fair enough. Oh, and it's nicely integrated into the DC Universe, which is both to its benefit and its deficit. Really, Naomi: Season One has two big problems. The first is that it's almost all told, not shown. This second Wonder Comic has a lot of heart, but unfortunately it doesn't have the writing chops that it needs to succeed. It's a fun coming of age story, about a girl who wants to be a hero. And, the author(s) really place a spotlight on the fact that it's a wish-fulfillment story. Fair enough. Oh, and it's nicely integrated into the DC Universe, which is both to its benefit and its deficit. Really, Naomi: Season One has two big problems. The first is that it's almost all told, not shown. Throughout the middle issues, we get an endless series of infodumps as a sequence of characters each tell Naomi who she is. The author(s) try and play this like a multi-layered onion, revealing a new truth each issue, integrating into at least three different major DC elements, but in doing so they come up with a confusing and muddled story. Bit by a radioactive spider: that's a simple origin. This mixture of Gemworld, the Rann/Thanngar War, and the 52 is anything but simple. Still fun, and without all this exposition the next volume might be much better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    If the final issue had not been such a let down after a really good fifth issue the rating would have been higher. A surprise in my opinion, as Bendis' writing while he was Marvel never really held my interest. Which makes me wonder how of much what kept me around after the first issue, and through the, for now, final issue, is David Walker's work. Until the last couple of issue I liked what he was doing on Catalyst's Superb (the company appears floundering as are some of the titles). Naomi is, If the final issue had not been such a let down after a really good fifth issue the rating would have been higher. A surprise in my opinion, as Bendis' writing while he was Marvel never really held my interest. Which makes me wonder how of much what kept me around after the first issue, and through the, for now, final issue, is David Walker's work. Until the last couple of issue I liked what he was doing on Catalyst's Superb (the company appears floundering as are some of the titles). Naomi is, gasp, an original character. Yes, one of the Big Two is actually not re-booting another name or character. The key to this story arc is who are Naomi's real parents, and what is her potential. As usual no spoilers. (read as digital floppies)

  9. 5 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    Fun book! Reads great in single issues and I looked forward to it every single month. The world-building around Naomi and her origin story were interesting and the art was top notch. Definitely looking forward to seeing what they do with this character in the future, this first volume is just the set up of who Naomi is and what she is (will be) all about, now that that is all taken care of I'm curious as to her place in the DC universe.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I loved everything about this. Bendis and Walker deliver a great mystery and Campbell's art is breathtaking.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    I'm really enjoying this series and its first arc. So far, the Wonder Comics I've read (Wonder Twins, Young Justice and Naomi) have blown my mind in ways I wasn't expecting. This time, with Naomi, it's origin mystery. I loved the twists played in the story and how things weren't exactly what I could have guessed. Plus the characters, all of them, are so endearing that I want to have them for neighbors. Of course, minus the explosions and destruction. I'm really interested on what will come up I'm really enjoying this series and its first arc. So far, the Wonder Comics I've read (Wonder Twins, Young Justice and Naomi) have blown my mind in ways I wasn't expecting. This time, with Naomi, it's origin mystery. I loved the twists played in the story and how things weren't exactly what I could have guessed. Plus the characters, all of them, are so endearing that I want to have them for neighbors. Of course, minus the explosions and destruction. I'm really interested on what will come up next and I hope Bendis and Walker keep Naomi fresh. By the way, Jamal Campbell's art needs a special mention. It's just fantastic!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ramon

    Pleasant enough debut. A scooch padded. And has that problem where everybody talks the same even though there at least two aliens from massively-different cultures but hey, I guess they were all watching the same sitcoms in their 15, 16 years on Earth?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    I'm surprised I didn't like this more because Brian Michael Bendis! But...the plot felt too general, vague and.........."Mary Sue" ish. The art looked pretty, but connected with the story super poorly. Everything was over dramatic and distracting (which is something I fell into when I very briefly started trying to draw my own comic years ago) drawing dramatic emotions and reactions makes for exciting pictures, but doesn't always work with the dialogue and feel of the story very well. This is I'm surprised I didn't like this more because Brian Michael Bendis! But...the plot felt too general, vague and.........."Mary Sue" ish. The art looked pretty, but connected with the story super poorly. Everything was over dramatic and distracting (which is something I fell into when I very briefly started trying to draw my own comic years ago) drawing dramatic emotions and reactions makes for exciting pictures, but doesn't always work with the dialogue and feel of the story very well. This is definitely one of those times. I appreciated the variety of body types used, but, again, only as side characters, not as main ones! Can't have a main chubby nerdy girl... Anyways, this fell flat for me and is pretty forgettable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    So, this was much better than I expected. It's just convoluted and steeped in DC history enough to satisfy long-term fans, but also fresh and lively in way that many things with a heavy backstory are not. The art is gorgeous, and the characters are well-developed. Bendis' dialogue is in low-gear, heavy-lifting mode here, only really returning to his early roots with the cut-off sentences and Naomi's BFF. Linked to a lot of DC's major events, but also somehow lifted above them, this would be an So, this was much better than I expected. It's just convoluted and steeped in DC history enough to satisfy long-term fans, but also fresh and lively in way that many things with a heavy backstory are not. The art is gorgeous, and the characters are well-developed. Bendis' dialogue is in low-gear, heavy-lifting mode here, only really returning to his early roots with the cut-off sentences and Naomi's BFF. Linked to a lot of DC's major events, but also somehow lifted above them, this would be an excellent first comic series for someone curious about the genre.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tundextra

    One of those books despite what on paper looks like a great creative line-up makes one wonder was it written for a younger audience. Not much else to add really... big wow she's an African-American, but the story is not new at all, the artwork is just average if that, although it's good to see an artist drawing more real women shapes. 7 out of 12, for the first half of intrigue and mystery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Setting a new origin story for a brand new character, Bendis and Walker bring some engaging complexity to the life of Naomi as she struggles to understand her place in the world. Season one brings a balance of humor and real emotion, setting up an intriguing new story with clear ties to the larger DC Universe. It doesn't fully set itself apart from other superhero narratives as the story continues to develop, but the central characters and Campbell's dramatic art make this a worthwhile read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

    A fun and intriguing origin/mystery, with characters that have heart, and wonderful art.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Fizza

    1.5 STARSI wanted to like this but unfortunately Bendis wrote this book sooooo nothing memorable and of course: 1) Everyone has the same voice and none of those voices fit the characters. 2) It starts off decently enough with everyday things to 'ground' the story then it's takes a turn and goes heavy-handed through the most obvious well trodden ground in the YA genre. 3) Not quite bad though not quite good, finally it settles in as a middling, sometimes trite, book. All of which is sad because, 1.5 STARSI wanted to like this but unfortunately Bendis wrote this book sooooo nothing memorable and of course: 1) Everyone has the same voice and none of those voices fit the characters. 2) It starts off decently enough with everyday things to 'ground' the story then it's takes a turn and goes heavy-handed through the most obvious well trodden ground in the YA genre. 3) Not quite bad though not quite good, finally it settles in as a middling, sometimes trite, book. All of which is sad because, say what you will about BMB's formulas today he can do 'hard-boiled' quite well and still knows how to come up with a fun concept for his tales... the unfortunate thing being, he doesn't know enough to pass those ideas off to fresh talent with some skills but trods on with his own brand of Stan Lee style shtick. Even though that gag's got whiskers on it. If you want to read the same thing you've read a thousand times before in comics about the misunderstood youth, with the quirky friends, who finds out they're not just special, because all life is unique and each person can be their own hero, but is an actual "super" kinda special. The kind with the obligatory 'they only just need some training to save the universe'... Soooo, you know it's a meeh kinda book... So far. Maybe volume two will take a turn for the better, though I doubt it, as so far Naomi is just some Miss America knock-off with the usual Superboy style origin. What I'd give for another YA series from DC like Young Justice or the post-Zero Hour Legion or, gosh forbid, The Ray! RECOMMENDATION: If you've read all the best Ms. Marvel and Spider-Gwen stories or maybe Moon Girl and Miles Morales stories and you simply can't find something else to read... give it a shot, but don't say I didn't warn ya'

  19. 4 out of 5

    John

    Feels a bit forced.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jesús

    Naomi is one of the strongest debuts of a new character in corporate superhero comics since Kamala Khan debuted as the new Ms. Marvel. Naomi is reminiscent of the early ‘90s Milestone Media characters of Dwayne McDuffie, et al. (is it a coincidence that the main character’s last name is also McDuffie?). Sure, it follows in many familiar superhero footsteps, but as an example of how to craft quality superhero comics, this is just about as good as it gets. I was unfamiliar with artist Jamal Naomi is one of the strongest debuts of a new character in corporate superhero comics since Kamala Khan debuted as the new Ms. Marvel. Naomi is reminiscent of the early ‘90s Milestone Media characters of Dwayne McDuffie, et al. (is it a coincidence that the main character’s last name is also McDuffie?). Sure, it follows in many familiar superhero footsteps, but as an example of how to craft quality superhero comics, this is just about as good as it gets. I was unfamiliar with artist Jamal Campbell’s work before this book, but after reading Naomi, I’m amazed that I haven’t encountered his work before. Among those working in the high-pressure, fast-turnaround environment of DC and Marvel, Campbell continues to turn out incredibly thoughtful layouts and sequences issue to issue. His work in issues 1 and 2 is some of the sharpest, most intricate art I’ve seen in corporate comics. He’s now firmly on my radar. Even if his careful attention to cinematic style falls away in the later issues/chapters, his work retains its “prestige” vibe throughout. It would be easy to be cynical about this book. It prominently features a young woman of color and this first book is called “season one,” so, yeah, it’s cashing in on current market trends and aiming for what it clearly hopes will soon be a TV adaptation (for all I know, it may already be in the works). But cynicism aside, this is one of the most earnest, honest, and compelling character debuts in some time. (Read in single issues)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Nevers

    Brian Michael Bendis does a solid job of establishing a new character! He introduced Naomi in a creative enough way that it doesn't seem derivative but a homage to origin stories. One of my big complaints is that he doesn't focus on her supporting cast. He kind of just introduces them and doesn't really develop them. I think this is due to his decompressed storytelling and the amount of information about Naomi particularly he smooshes into the 6 issues. Overall a good read that I would highly Brian Michael Bendis does a solid job of establishing a new character! He introduced Naomi in a creative enough way that it doesn't seem derivative but a homage to origin stories. One of my big complaints is that he doesn't focus on her supporting cast. He kind of just introduces them and doesn't really develop them. I think this is due to his decompressed storytelling and the amount of information about Naomi particularly he smooshes into the 6 issues. Overall a good read that I would highly recommend if you're looking for an indy vibe in your heroes but want them to be connected to the DC Universe.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt Miles

    On the one hand, this miniseries feels like an info dump-laden trailer for adventures to come and the characters aren’t as fleshed out as they could have been due to all the info-dumping. On the other hand, Naomi herself as a character/superhero is promising and compelling enough to potentially carry a series, and the artwork alone is beautiful enough to justify the purchase. Hopefully in future issues we’ll get a chance to find out who these people are as they set out to find their new On the one hand, this miniseries feels like an info dump-laden trailer for adventures to come and the characters aren’t as fleshed out as they could have been due to all the info-dumping. On the other hand, Naomi herself as a character/superhero is promising and compelling enough to potentially carry a series, and the artwork alone is beautiful enough to justify the purchase. Hopefully in future issues we’ll get a chance to find out who these people are as they set out to find their new adventures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Bendis strikes again, anyone who knows me, knows I’m a Bendis whore, so why did it take me so long to read this? Pretty much, because of money, when this came out I was collecting all Bendis Superman on top of all the jinx world books, so it kind of fell by the wayside. Big mistake, this is a super fun book with a fun new character, the art is beautiful, and I want more, I love that she has shown up in superman, and I’m anxiously awaiting Naomi 2. 5 crisis(eses?) of 5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Bendis can still write a believable and endearing teenage character, but Naomi's backstory is just way too complicated. And honestly? I think I liked her better when she was "just" an ordinary girl who was mildly obsessed with superheroes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna Heidick

    An alright origin story, though it's basically a huge information dump. It originally felt like it was going to be a cool mystery, but instead it just became a long babble tell all. What really makes the volume shine though is the beautiful art. Art: 5 stars Story: 3 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    An amusing twist on the Superman origins/mythos and a little more than that from Bendis and Walker centered around middle-America high schooler Naomi.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Tbh I was sort of hoping there’d be more set-up before we got to the rock ‘em sock ‘em, but I really dug this and the art is SO GOOD.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    I like the way this one was written. Playing with the way how people would feel in a superhero universe. Naomi could be an awesome addition to DC and I hope she sticks around.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    2.5 stars Best thing Bendis has done at DC yet, but still not remotely on par with his Marvel stuff.

  30. 4 out of 5

    catLin

    That was fun. Naomi as a character and a teen is very relatable. The plot is fast paced and just as unbelieveable as you could expect from a superhero comic. It's totally a feel-good read and very aesthetic at that (like seriously, look at it - it's so pretty)

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