Comic Review: Nomad: Girl Without a World

I found Nomad: Girl Without a World while perusing Half-Price Books’ online comic selection. It was a comic that fell right into my lap for the summer reading list, and it was pretty cheap, so even better.

I read a bit more into Nomad because it wasn’t a comic I had heard much about. The synopsis had mentioned something about Bucky and Cap, so it seemed like a pretty good match to me.

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Rikki Barnes, aka Nomad, is the one in blue and yellow, front and center.

Written by Sean McKeever and Ed Brubaker, Nomad is about Rebecca “Rikki” Barnes who ends up in a different universe. In her universe, she was Cap’s plucky sidekick, Bucky, and her nemesis was her brother John. The universe she finds herself in, Cap has died, and she never existed.

Well, if that’s not a confusing world to land in, I don’t know what is. Then again, this is a comic universe.

Nomad sounded like a really interesting story. Rikki is adjusting to her life in a world that’s unfamiliar. She was a gender bent Bucky – which is an interesting idea. And Rikki is determined to meet the new Cap to find out who took up his mantle.

There’s some cameos by the Young Avengers (sans America Chavez), Black Widow, Falcon, and Captain America.

I had a lot of high hopes for this comic. There’s a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the aspects that make the comic sound interesting aren’t carried out very well. I was dropped into a lot of confusing storylines with very little explanation. And by the end of the volume, I was left with a lot of questions. Overall, there was a lot going on.

The writing has so many large plots to continue in later issues and volumes, but still doesn’t answer the basic questions: How’d Rikki get to that new universe? Why did Cap die – and does that have to do with the treason mentioned by some characters?

Maybe I’m missing a lot of information that’s featured in some other Cap universes. But shouldn’t that information be filled in via some well placed flashbacks? At least then we’d have a pretty good basis for Rikki Barnes as Nomad, particularly if you didn’t read Onslaught: Reborn (thanks Wikipedia!).

I can’t necessarily recommend Nomad: Girl Without a World because I don’t think it did a very good job at telling Rikki Barnes’ story. She deserved better.

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