Waiting For The Trade – Nomad: Girl Without a World

Writer: Sean McKeever
Artist: David Baldeon
Colourist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterers: Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles
Collects: Nomad: Girl Without a World 1-4 (and material from Captain America #600)

I crave your indulgence if this review is a little rambling, well moreso than usual anyway. I’ve written it before and it was eaten by the gremlins so my mojo has been dented by a Hulk Smash! moment.

Right…where was I before I was so rudely interrupted?

Before we kick you might need a little explanation. I’ll try and keep it simple (as that’s all I can handle). Back in the 90s Marvel outsourced the creation of a number of key titles under the Heroes Reborn imprint to creators who had left them to set up their own publishers. Amongst these titles was Captain America by Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld. These Heroes Reborn characters occupied an alternate universe wherein Rikki Barnes became the Bucky to that universe’s Cap. Eventually she ended up in the Marvel 616 universe, i.e. the “normal” Marvel U. Thus ends the lesson.

Rikki being an average teenage girl with Cap-trained uber-kickass skills sets herself up in Manhattan so that she can be close to the 616 version of her brother, a vast improvement on the sibling she left behind in the other universe’s Philadelphia. As we start the story she’s also operating, or trying to, under the identity of Bucky and is desperately seeking validation from Captain America, who is literally a different man than she knew.

After being warned off by Black Widow Rikki is mysteriously bequeathed a Nomad uniform and uses this identity for the rest of the book thanks to the useful “my costume got shredded” cliché. Nomad being an identity used by Cap way back when.

The main plot revolves around some goings on in Rikki’s school and the impact it has not only on Rikki herself but on her alternate-brother. Tonally it feels most similar to Runaways with maybe a slight sprinkling of Gravity. It’s good though, really enjoyable in fact. Don’t expect massive complexity or an earth-shattering plot but don’t let that put you off, comics don’t have to be significant to be good.

Baldeon’s art works really well, portraying a varied bunch of teenage characters without the need to overly sexualise any of them, our protagonist included.

No extras in this collection and one thing of note is that it’s somewhere between Manga and traditional US size, an unforeseen benefit being that you feel like a giant reading it!

All-in-all I’m surprised this didn’t merit so much as a mention on the forums I frequent, I’d like to read more about this character.


Reviewer: Dave Williams

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