The conclusion to the first "Naomi" story arc is fun, but less than epic

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis & David F. Walker, Artist & Cover: Jamal Campbell

"Naomi #6" cover by Jamal Campbell

After a two-month delay, Naomi #6 has finally arrived! Back in May’s issue #5, Naomi revealed her newfound abilities and alternate Earth origin to her best friend Annabelle. She also relayed her mother’s recorded story about the superpowered war she was caught in the middle of, and how some soldiers from both sides of that war still live on Earth, just before a giant alien (ridiculously named Zumbado) appears in a brightly lit portal.

Issue #6 opens with Naomi anxiously stepping through the portal with the alien to see the world of her birth, leaving her friends and adoptive parents (aliens from Rann) worried for her safety.

On her “birth Earth”, devastated by the war, Naomi is at first befriended by Zumbado, until he realizes she now has her “true-self” powers. A soldier friendly to Naomi suddenly appears, tells her never to return, and throws her back through the portal to “our” Earth. Apparently it’s very important that Zumbado not find her again.

After last issue being SO copy and exposition heavy, this issue is a very light read, and not very much happens, other than Naomi's brief trip to her Earth. I expected the final issue of the first story arc to be much more epic than this. I can’t say it was worth the two month wait. Especially since the cover that has been teased for months shows DC’s pantheon of heroes behind her, none of whom appear inside. I understand what DC was trying to do, to introduce her and lead us to accept in advance that Naomi is a legit addition to their lineup of stars and a future member of the Teen Titans, but it is misleading.

However, it is a beautifully illustrated book by Jamal Campbell, with lots of cool light effects whenever Naomi powers up. Credit needs to be given to the decision, whether is was by the editor, writer, or artist, to depict young women with realistic body types, not idealistically cookie cutter figures.

Naomi is still very much insecure about herself and her origins, and it shows on nearly every page when letterer Wes Abbott uses upper and lower case, instead of the normal comic book ALL CAPS fonts, to indicate Naomi speaking softly and unsurely. It is also an effective way to both pause the moment for the reader, and also emphasize it.

Naomi’s story continues in Naomi 2.

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