NOMEN OMEN #1 is the start of an all-new series from Image Comics, coming out on October 2. Enter a world where you can only outrun your fate (and the supernatural) for so long before it catches up with you.
Nomen Omen shows us a world in which the supernatural has a way of interfering with characters every day lives. Becky Kumar may seem like an ordinary college student – but her history makes her more unique than you might ever imagine. And she’s just about to find out what that means for her.
The series is intended to run for fifteen issues – long enough to give us a chance to do a deep dive into the plot. But not a significant investment, all things considered. So if you’re looking for a new series to explore without a substantial commitment, give Nomen Omen a chance.
Nomen Omen #1 is an interesting start to this series. It had a lot of groundwork to cover, for the series to make sense. And it still has a lot of explaining to do. But it certainly got our attention; there’s no denying that.
The story may seem a bit disjointed at first, but there’s a strong enough lead to leave us convinced that everything will tie together in the end. And there’s already a more than healthy dose of foreshadowing to go around as well.
Marco B. Bucci was the writer for this issue, and he did an excellent job of grabbing attention – and holding it. The series already has a disturbing and eerie tone to it – one that is sure to increase with time. The introduction alone rivals some horror movie beginnings.
Oddly enough, there was a sort of twisted humor sprinkled throughout the issue. It livened things up and earned a few chuckles here and there. It was an impressive (and smart) balance. What will be most interesting is seeing where this series is planning on going in the long run. There are a lot of answers to be discovered over the next 14 issues.
Jacopo Camagni, the artist behind Nomen Omen #1 definitely shows off his range in skills as he handles double duty as artist and colorist. He had to portray a variety of thematic elements in a single issue, and frankly, we can’t wait to see what he’s forced to come up with next.
Despite the varying elements, there is a certain amount of consistency to tie the whole thing together. The end result is something striking and memorable, with a decidedly darker tone overall.
Camagni’s ability to push the artwork to the limits shines in Nomen Omen, in ways that might have been hindered with a larger team. Meanwhile, Fabior Amelia did the lettering, and his work entirely supported what was happening on the pages.
Nomen Omen #1 was a strong start to a new and supernatural series. Time will only tell how far they go with this tale, or what will happen to Becky after the final three pages of the book.