REVIEW: Nyobi #1 (2014)

A Comic By Larry Patrick Higgins

Since I have somewhat grown tired of mainstream comics, instead delving into more obscure books from Europe and independent comic publishers, I enjoy looking for things on either Kickstarter or sites like Drive Thru Comics as often as I can. Some of these are better than others, but I largely enjoy all of the books I come across because they are generally the products of many years of the creators blood, sweat and tears. That is the case today with Nybobi by Larry Patrick Higgins, a comic that I expected to be pretty mediocre which turned out to be pretty good.

“23 year-old, Japanese-American Nyobi Lee currently resides in Port Hope with an apartment located in Tokyo. Before developing her powers, Nyobi was performing in an all girl J-pop group, The Geisha Dolls. A group which was quickly gaining popularity. At age 16 during a meet and greet at The Mega Plex mall in Tokyo, Nyobi’s powers manifested while being mobbed by a large group of fans. This was the moment she realized her life would change forever as a ring of light flashed in front of everyone’s eyes and she was gone. “

In the world of Nyobi, people are starting to evolve into people with superpowers, which the ins and outs of are not really explained in this book, but I can imagine will come into play later. Nyobi’s powers appear to be the manipulation of teleportation portals, not unlike the character Blink from X-Men. I’m sure more characters like this will eventually show up, so it will be interesting to see where this goes.

Nyobi has the hallmarks of just another “cheesecake book”, but luckily I found the character was not sexualized in any way. In fact, this was largely a book about the effect of bullying and how one young man basically gave up on life due to relentless troubles at school only to be saved by the one person he seemed live for, a Japanese pop singer named Nyobi Lee. It appears the titular super-heroine keeps tabs with her fans online, and personally comes to save the boy, which I’m sure will change his life for the better.

Overall, this is a solid introduction to the story and should be a solid lead-in to issue two. You don’t get much with Nyobi herself here, but we have the beginnings of a battle with good and evil that will be interesting to see unfold. Once we get a good look at what exactly Nyobi can do with her powers and whether they will fare well against a being that appears to be some kind of demon or something will be fun. The artwork and story are pretty good, and the book comes with pin-ups and other art pieces that usually get tossed in with books like this. For a couple of dollars, this book is well worth it to me.

If you are interested in this comic, it can be found on Drive Thru Comics.

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