Title: Blackbird #1
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Cover: Jen Bartel, Fiona Staples
Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite 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?”
Ten years ago Nina Rodriguez saw something that no one believed was real. Now Nina is a bartender, still struggle with her belief in magic. But now it appears that something is calling Nina back, and the beast she was ten years ago has returned. It’s up to Nina to figure out how to track down the Great Beast, save her sister, and find her place among magical beings.
Blackbird #1 is a dazzling debut issue of mythic proportions! Sam Humphries finds a way to weave together mystery, magic, and mythical elements. This issue lays most of the background story down, setting readers up for what comes next. Nina is a compelling character, complex and engaging, and her storyline is thoroughly intriguing. Even more interesting is Humphries take on a magical realm, which appears to be veiled within our reality.
Bringing the issue together is Jen Bartel’s artwork. In Blackbird #1, Bartel creates a vivid neon world, that is visually stunning. Though we only see glimpses of the magical world in this issue, Bartel crafts a truly mystical world, that draws readers deeper into the story. While this magical world is dangerous, it is thoroughly intriguing, as both the reader and Nina cannot resist trying to the lure of what lies beyond the veil.
The Bottom Line:
Blackbird #1 will bewitch the mind as the reader is drawn into Sam Humphries mystical world of Magic. This issue sets up an excellent background story, while creating room for the story to grow within the next issue. Jen Bartel ties the whole issue together, as her depictions of the supernatural are out of this world in all their neon glory.