Bendis, Walker and Campbell bring Naomi’s introductory miniseries to a conclusion in this issue. It’s an action packed tale, which sees the fledgling heroine facing off against the person responsible for the deaths of her parents.
As with the earlier issues, this is all done with a strong sense of realism, and a good dash of humour. But neither of these elements gets in the way of the drama. It’s a successful finale to a successful series.
Campbell really makes the most of the alien world that Naomi is from. You can almost sense that, after five issues of illustrating an average, everyday town and typical American buildings and locations he was more than ready to bring an alien environment to life. There is so much vibrancy and detail in the pages set on the other world.
While the miniseries does come to a satisfying conclusion, it leaves open Naomi’s role in the larger DC universe. And not all the questions raised in the miniseries have been answered. But that’s ok. A second miniseries, cleverly named Naomi 2, is advertised on the final page of the issue, so she will be back next year, and I’m fine with waiting until then for more answers.
The implication is that Naomi will also appear in other DC universe books between now and the second miniseries. I will be very interested to see how she fares when dealing with the more established heroes. I think she would be a great fit for Young Justice, and hope to see her as part of that team. Or any team, I guess.
I really didn’t expect very much from this miniseries when it launched. I certainly didn’t expect to grow to care about the character, and be eager for her return. The fact that I am is clear evidence that Bendis and company have achieved their goal.