Well, DC has been pushing Naomi as being a book central to the DC universe. The first three issues were interesting enough, although nothing particularly shattering.
We got to meet Naomi, a fairly typical teenager in small town Trumplandia. Sorry, USA. She was adopted, so there was some mystery about her parentage, and a secret connection to an odd mechanic in the town. Nothing ground breaking here.
But now, Bendis is fulfilling his promise, and the story is really beginning to unfold. There is an awful lot that we still don’t know about Naomi, and much I am not going to talk about, so I don’t spoil the issue.
I will say that the adopted parents are hardly non-entities. We learn more about them, and the mechanic, in this story, as well as more about Naomi herself.
This might all have been fraught with emotion, but Bendis takes an unusual tack with the parents, making some of it downright funny. This does not decrease the mystery in any way, but helps keep the everyday element of the series firmly in place.
I wasn’t too sure about this series to begin with. There are often huge promises made at the start of a new book, either explicitly or implicitly. I’ve had burned fingers before, most recently with Titans. Bendis kept my interest through some good writing, and teasing just enough to keep me engaged. Now, I am happy that I started reviewing this book, as I am sensing I will have lots of good things to say about it as it progresses.
Big revelations are clearly still to come, but the picture is getting clearer.