Naomi #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker Artist: Jamal Campbell Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 38
8.5Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

DC's biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi (last name?) begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi's journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. Join writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell in Wonder Comics' massively ambitious new series and star... NAOMI.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 23, 2019

    As the debut title in a new imprint, Naomi is much more than just a promising start to a new series. It's also a success as an all-ages comic, offering a low barrier of entry to new readers and relatable lead character. More than anything, it's a bold statement about the direction DC Comics is willing to go in 2019 and trust the audience to go along with them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Jan 23, 2019

    With the big reveal at the end, you get a small feeling at what Bendis is attempting to do with Naomi. Predictably unpredictable. From what I've learned from Bendis joining DC is that you can't assume where he's going to be taking these characters. What you can clearly see though, is that Naomi has a past that not even she knows about, and a small connection to her favorite superhero just got a little bigger. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 22, 2019

    I believe in this book 100%. The creative team have a solid grasp on the character. If Naomi is this interesting when nothing much is happening, it will be amazing once things get going. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi #1 is such an important comic that is so relatable. Naomi's journey in starting to find herself and what makes her special will be exciting for readers discovering comics and readers who have been enjoying comics for years. Everyone wants to see themselves in a superhero, it's why we love superheroes. I am so excited for everyone, including myself, who gets to see themselves in Naomi. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 24, 2019

    This is a nice start to a new title and character. It's an easily accessible book that just works on all front. The story and art are great but it goes beyond even that. The whole thing just feels fresh. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 22, 2019

    The series is going to have to be really careful and thoughtful about letting bits of the mystery become revealed in future issues. Reveal too much at once and the series is going to lose even more of its appeal. As an opening, though, Naomi's first issue feels like it could be a part of something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Jan 24, 2019

    Naomi #1 captures a sense of wonder that is sometimes lost in superhero comics. Bendis and Walker do a fantastic job bringing Naomi to life, and Jamal Campbell's artwork is simply stunning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 23, 2019

    Im not sure what Walker and Bendis have in store for Naomi and her friends, but this latest addition to the Wonder subset of books lives up to the billing. Consider my interest piqued for what could be another stellar character-driven Bendis book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 23, 2019

    This is one of the best comics Bendis has put out since his arrival at DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi is an excellent change of pace for Brian Michael Bendis, giving him a whole town to explore and develop; along with Jamal Campbell, Bendis is laying the groundwork for both a unique and exciting mystery series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi herself receives the most attention, and it shows. Her expressions and the detail Campbell devotes to her makes her the heart of the story. What is also interesting is the use of half-tone, something this reviewer is normally more used to seeing in manga. While some art is re-used in a few places, mostly character models re-imposed here or there, Campbells work seems to be at the top of his game. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Jan 23, 2019

    NAOMI #1 is a brilliant comic, full of mystery and humor. Visually, the artwork is vibrant and refreshing. The lead character is an inquisitive young girl with a possible connection to Superman. Definitely worth checking out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2019

    Jamal Campbell's art is great. There are some really great panels in this issue and all of the characters look beautifully detailed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 25, 2019

    Aside from theaction sequence at thetop, this is a low-key series - and a refreshing change of pace. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jan 24, 2019

    "Naomi" knows what it wants to be and the message it wants to deliver. By focusing on creating such a compelling new character and letting the story unravel around her, the creative team hit gold. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jan 25, 2019

    I cannot resist a mystery, and Naomi #1 draws me in. We know a little about the title character, but hardly everything. Why did she develop a Superman Complex? Why does this mean so much to her? Is there really any chance she could be special? Isn't there more to life than that, really? I'm already looking forward to what will unfold next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Jan 23, 2019

    The series is off to a good start because it is just the start. We have no idea where this will lead but what we do know is that even small towns have their own secret. Things happen all the time, and Naomi is on a path to discovering something that is going to have some serious ramifications for the DC Universe. We don't know how big the secret is but Bendis, Walker, and Campbell are hitting the ground running to make this journey memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 24, 2019

    Naomi #1 is another solid release for this Wonder Comics imprint. The characters are well done and the mystery is actually pretty intriguing. The art, while the style is not my personal favorite, looks great and fits the series perfectly. I did not know anything about Naomi #1 coming into it but it has me hooked for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi #1 is definitely the moat ambitious story that DC will tackle for the Wonder Comics imprint. A story about the lengths that one girl will go to uncover the truth about her adoption and if she is actually special. Who doesn't want to believe this in the face of the impossible? For all the hype being put into this mystery, let's hope that this creative team delivers as they take us down the rabbit hole. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Feb 12, 2019

    The series leads me to believe this will start out as a mystery of one identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 8, 2020

    In its opening installment, Jamal Campbell's artwork is the draw for the book. The story isn't bad by any stretch but it's the first couple of pages of the prologue, quite honestly. So it's got some minor foundational aspects to it and it handles the basic introductions, accomplishing what it needs to. I liked the view of Superman that people has and connecting on that level is always welcome. Naomi has enough brought in about her to make her interesting and wanting to see more of what's involved in her past is a given. I'm definitely going to check out a few more issues at least but half the draw if not more at the moment is the artwork over the story and character. All of it has potential but it needs to be tapped as quickly as possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Jan 23, 2019

    At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book and have liked these first to series from the Wonder imprint. I'm definitely looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi feels very much like a Brian Michael Bendis comic, for all of its strengths and weaknesses. That's probably unfair to co-writer David Walker, who is a fantastic writer, but the comic has all of Bendis' typical scripting hallmarks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 31, 2019

    While it seems unlikely that we'll see much action in this comic, Bendis and Walker have sold me on Naomi as a character and the the small thread she now holds to unravel a larger mystery. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jan 26, 2019

    Naomi was a fun read introducing a whole set of relatable characters in a gorgeous and intriguing book. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jan 25, 2019

    A pretty decent outing for a new character in a new corner of the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jan 23, 2019

    While it does teeter off in the middle, the opening issue of Naomi properly introduces us to our new teen heroine. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jan 24, 2019

    Naomi seeks to carve out its own unique corner in the DC Universe, but despite an intriguing set-up, fails to hit the ground running with anything stronger than a mild trot. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 25, 2019

    Keep in mind that Naomi #1 costs $4. The reader gets practically nothing at all in return for their hard-earned money. We are in a day and age where $6 can purchase one month of Hulu and $8 can get you one month of Netflix. There is just no way at all to justify spending $4 on a comic book that delivers such little content. You get way more content for your entertainment dollar these days. The competition for readers' entertainment dollars is getting more brutal than ever and comic books like Naomi #1 must offer more value for the dollar if they want to remain relevant. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 23, 2019

    Naomi kicks off with a very talky issue that did little to make me care about the characters or the story.  The art is fantastic in the beginning but seems to quickly get lost in an avalanche of word balloons.  "The biggest mystery in the DC Universe" indeed! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Samuel Almeida Jan 24, 2019

    I am very pleased with this new addition to the DC universe.
    Naomi is not over the top; not bland and boring either; shes a natural detective; her story seems to be a good point for future issues, if that means anything; and its a perfect book that features Superman. Hes not the star but hes "appereance" is a important part for the formation of the Naomi character, i guess.
    The art is great.
    In fact, every Wonder Comics book has gorgeous art. The artistic choices to make these books were impecable.
    Brian Michael Bendis was doing some very strange, OK at most work at Marvel Comics on the past few years. It seems that all he needed was fresh, different characters and a different "house" to work on.

  • 9.0
    Cyclone Jan 24, 2019

    The art is fantastic and the tone really suits it. This should be a fun and engaging series.

  • 8.5
    I Review Comics Jan 26, 2019

    Naomi #1 is a curious comic. I didn't have much to go on other than a name and the beautiful cover by Jamal Campbell. There was a cringy article with the headline that read; "The Newest DC Comics Superhero Is a Girl of Color from Oregon". 

    I was on the fence about picking up the comic but the cover won me over and I thought, what the hell?


    Right out of the gate Jamal's pencil's are amazing. I recognize him from his work on Power Rangers but this is a step above and beyond anything that he's done for Boom Studios. This may be the most natural depiction of an African - American Woman that I've ever seen portrayed in comics without exaggeration. The colors for the series are flawless. There isn't a c more

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark Jan 24, 2019


    -I thought this was a really fun debut. It was entertaining and it pulled me in.

    -The writing for this issue was really good. Bendis' writing has devolved into pure sh*t over in the Superman department. So, I'm guessing this is David Walker's doing. If so, good job Mr. Walker. If not, well done (and surprisingly so) Mr. Bendis.

    -I absolutely love the art. I've never heard of Jamal Campbell before, but I hope he gets the recognition he deserves for this. The facial expressions are excellent, and the art is vibrant and energetic, but also unique.

    -I really like the small-town setting. It's a nice departure from Gotham and Metropolis.

    -I thought they were overselling Naomi. I more

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Jan 26, 2019

    I went into this with the lowest expectations possible. I thought it looked boring, none of the ads or previews even begun to interest me. And I know Bendis can write some boring shit. So yeah, I was dreading having to read this. Luckily, this is actually pretty good. I wasn't bored out of my mind and the characters weren't annoying. I don't really have any sort of opinion on the actual plot, since this issue really didn't have much of one. But they made an entertaining comic, somehow. Maybe David F. Walker is the secret ingredient.

  • 7.5
    Full Spread Jan 25, 2019

    The combined wit and emotion of Bendis and Walker makes for an excellently paced, sharp origin.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY Jan 25, 2019

    Damn that was chatty. And not that interesting. For now we don't learn much.
    I know Bendis like that but not me. And for now Naomi didn't seem to have any power, so her focus on superman look weird.

    Cover - I take the variant which shows her obsession for Superman. 2/2
    Writing - For now it's too slow. It wasn't bad, but bendis is a little miser. 2/3
    Arts - Some are awesome and even daring and other aren't that good and feel very empty. 2.5/3
    Feeling - Mixed. I have until the third to chose if I keep it or not. 1/2

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Jan 24, 2019

    First impression is what matters the most, especially when you're a new, important character who happens to be just a regular human being with no powers and no big purpose. That's Naomi to you - she's an average young adult living in a small town, one of those where people are born and then die in. Their own private Idaho, to paraphrase The B-52's.

    There's barely any action, tense drama or big stakes in this issue, and that's not a bad thing. It's a story set in the same universe as typical superhero world saving series, but it's observed through the eyes of someone normal, like you and me, with some mystery slowly being set up. It's fresh and different from your average western comics, in a way Gotham Academy was as well, to a d more

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  • 7.5
    egonnn244 Jan 23, 2019

    "Nothing ever happens here"

    Well, hot damn. I wasn't expecting this, but this thing has me intrigued.

    We got a good dialogue here, a story that is shaping to be an interesting one and a likable protagonist in Naomi.

    But I think the part that sold me the most is the art. Jamal Cambell is great. These pages are soo good looking. I'm looking forward to seeing more of his work, I really do.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    The greatest mystery of the DCU is why this comic needed to be made.

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