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"Nomen Omen #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Marco B. Bucci
Illustrated and colored by Jacopo Camagni
Lettered by Fabio Amelia
2019, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 2nd, 2019

Review:

Meera and Claire are heading out for long drive when they discover a bad car accident on a secluded mountain road. The only survivor is a young pregnant woman with strange marks written on her body and clothing in blood. This would have been strange enough on its own, but then the woman touches Meera and the strange factor rises considerably.

Nomen Omen #1 is split into two halves. The first half deals with Meera and Claire and the second half follows their daughter Becky. See, that weird pregnant lady passed the baby over to Meera in some crazy supernatural way. They raised the girl like normal, but that changes when we get to the present day.

Writer Marco B. Bucci quickly establishes the relationship between Meera and Claire. They're adorable and in such a great spot in their lives. This allows us to quickly identify with them and fear the worst when they come upon this car accident. You just know that something horrible is going to happen here. Instead, we get a bit of a twist with the whole pregnancy angle.

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The scene of the accident is super creepy and foreboding. Artist Jacopo Camagni paints a grisly scene, implying much more than he actually shows. It's the dead of night so it's lit by the headlights of the cars. This casts an eerie glow on the wreckage. One of the vehicles involved was an apple truck, so these blood red fruits are scattered all over the road. At first glance, you might think they're bodies...or pieces of them. Although you understand what they really are, the unsettling feeling remains.

When the woman appears, there are pulse-pounding sound effects that cover most of the page. These scratchy “ANF” make for a disturbing experience, but I am not entirely sure what they are supposed to be or where they were coming from.

The pregnant woman speaks in a lilting style. Letterer Fabio Amelia uses wavy word balloons to indicate her shaky voice. She's clearly been through a lot, both with the accident and whatever painted those weird symbols and it shows.

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Becky's portion of Nomen Omen #1 in the present is told in black-and-white because that's apparently how she sees the world. She has never experienced color. This is ironic given how the pregnancy is transferred with a burst of vibrant colors. When some do appear on the page, they're bold and eye-catching. You know it's important.

I'm still putting the pieces together with Nomen Omen, but there's more than enough to catch my interest. There's a dark power at work here and it's targeted this poor family. They've already been through quite a lot, so do they really need more bloodshed? Nomen Omen is the urban fantasy series I didn't know I wanted.

Grades:

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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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