An awful lot gets explained in the latest issue of Naomi, as the fledgling hero shows off her powers.
There are definite plusses and minuses to this story, though.
The sheer amount of information that is delivered during the course of the story seems to have mandated the layout of many pages. And while I do think that Jamal Campbell did a very good job on the double page spreads, they still left me feeling a bit overwhelmed by the text. I suppose it was one of those necessary evils, and I certainly enjoyed the story. If anything, what this issue needed was simply another few pages to spread the amount of dialogue over.
By the way, that was the big “minus.” I have nothing else negative to say about the story.
On the plus side, it has become abundantly clear that Bendis is crafting something big across the various titles that he is writing. The Crises being discussed in this story are obviously the same ones being talked about in the pages of Young Justice, and I think it’s merely a matter of time before Naomi interacts with that group.
So far as continuity revisions go, there is some set up for that in the revelations given here, but nothing problematic seems to be brewing, which is refreshing. DC’s continuity changes always seem to result in as many problems as they solve.
By far my favourite thing about this issue, and the last as well, is how casual and accepting everyone in Port Oswego seems to be. Perhaps that is more groundwork being laid, but as it stands, it made me laugh. This is definitely the town to be in if one wants to share deep, dark secrets.
Next issue promises a conclusion to Naomi’s introductory story. I didn’t have very high expectations for the book when it began, but now I find myself eagerly awaiting the resolution.