Each of DC Comics’ Wonder Comics heroes have added something unique to the DC Universe. However, Naomi was the only of the group that was a wholly new character, adding an incredible new heroine. And how else could she jump into the larger universe than in the pages of Action Comics…
Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski, Brad Anderson, and Dave Sharpe bring DC’s most exciting new hero to Metropolis.
Picking up moments after the end of Naomi #6, the young superhuman rockets into Metropolis, hoping to meet her idol Superman. Her awkward attempts to use her newfound powers definitely attract his attention, and he offers to help her at the Hall of Justice. However, she might have to help him, as Superman is attacked by an impossibly powerful foe!
Bendis’s inner narration for Naomi is far and away the strongest part of this issue. The plot is fairly standard, but the characterization is fantastic. He gets into Naomi’s head, as she struggles with adjusting to her powers (which she’s really only had a matter of hours at most), gets excited about meeting Superman, and startled by Batman. It all feels incredibly realistic, and she makes this fantastic situation actually relatable.
Kudranski’s art is extremely out of the ordinary for a Superman story. His panels are dripping in shadow and atmosphere, and he plays with layouts to convey the chaos that Naomi is feeling, which Anderson fills with light and bright colors. He keeps the point of view close on the characters’ faces, which helps convey the emotional core of the story. It’s no better than far and away the best part of the issue the opening sequence, which is entirely from Naomi’s perspective.
The DCU has a fantastic new hero here, and I can’t wait to see what she does to help Superman out of his latest jam.
Action Comics #1015 is available now from DC Comics.