Comic Book Review ~ Blackbird Vol 1 & 2

December 12, 2018 4 Bullet Rating, 4.5 Bullet Rating, Comic Book Review 1

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Volume 1:
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist/Cover: Jen Bartel
Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
Published: October 3, 2018
Age Rating: Teen+

An all-new ongoing series from fan-favourite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL!

In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy.

The bigger problem: she’s not crazy - she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

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First issues are always the hardest for me to review. We get a tiny nibble of what is to come and base our likes or dislikes on the smallest taste. My initial impression left me with high hopes. The author does a great job of weaving Nina's past and present conflicts onto the pages. Flashes of fantasy left me wanting another bite and the ending of the first issue is well placed.

Jen Bartel's style really complimented the feel of the story. Adding the fantasy feel is the use of non-traditional comic coloring, which I absolutely loved.

The combination of story and visual art in Blackbird Volume 1 certainly left me wanting more.

4 Bullet rating
Volume 2:

 

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist/Cover: Jen Bartel
Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
Published: October 3, 2018
Age Rating: Teen+

 

The Great Beast has kidnapped Nina's sister and the only way to find her is to follow a trail of magic gems, hidden symbols, and a handsome stranger. Can he put Nina onto the trail of the mystic creature she's after?

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YESSSS. Officially a fan. The texture of fantasy and reality blend into a beautiful visual and mental tapestry. Strong character development graces the pages with appropriate flashes of backstory, giving real depth to the main character, Nina.

Visually, this second volume of Blackbird remained just as stunning as the first. With more layers of fantasy in the story, Humphries remained true to the first volume with lovely expansions into the fantasy part of the world. He

I found myself wanting more and quickly looking at the release schedule for Blackbird Volume 3 while I was writing this review.

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