Monday, September 8, 2014

Retro Review #9- Nomad: Girl Without a World

 


Nomad: Girl Without a World #1
Written by Sean McKeever
Art by David Baldeon
Published by Marvel
Released 2009


I grabbed this issue purely on a whim.  I had been seeing the trade of this book at my local shop for a while and was always intrigued at the idea of a Nomad other than the one from the nineties.  Nomad in this series is Rikki Barnes the granddaughter of Bucky Barnes from the alternate Earth created during Heroes Reborn.  Somehow she ended up in the main Marvel universe during Onslaught Reborn.

Rikki is a great character to me.  She struggles to support herself with a under the table job washing dishes, while going to school and going out at night dressed as Bucky from the alternate Earth.  Being trapped in an unfamiliar world Rikki clings to what she knows to help her get through.  She wants desperately to meet Captain America even though she knows it’s not Rogers, and she even befriends her brother of this Earth as an effort to be close to the brother who was never there for her in her world.  The one chance she gets to meet Cap in this issue is stopped by Black Widow.  Who tells Rikki she knows all about her and who she really is, but meeting another Bucky is the last thing Cap needs.

The main story focuses on a conspiracy at her school.  She starts to notice people acting strangely so she follows the leads to the basement of the school.  All she finds there is an attack from a half wolf half man creature that damn near kills her.  having barely survived the fight she retreats to her apartment only to find anonymous letter and a new uniform.  The letter is marked for Nomads eyes only.
Sean McKeever writes a really strong female character.  And what’s more he writes a strong female teenage character.  And the art from David Baldeon is clean enough to be strong, but just cartoonish enough to feel young and fun.  I hadn’t heard of Baldeon before this, but I will keep an eye out for his art in the future.  

Rating
4 out of 5
I am going to pick up the trade of this run the next time I go into my local shop.  The story was fun and the character of Rikki Barnes is really interesting.  I highly suggest checking out this series, and will update after reading the rest of the series.

As always thanks for reading my review and if you have any comments or suggestions on how I can improve my reviews or books I should checkout please comment on this post.