Title: Blackbird #2
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Cover: Jen Bartel, Mingjue Helen Chen
Publication Date: November 7, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: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?
Nina is the only one who can find her sister, but how? Nina starts by attempting to track down the paragon she first saw at the bar. Surely, he will have some answers. Surely, he will prove that Nina isn’t crazy. Moving between past and present, Nina sets off to find her only lead to a world, she’s only about 87% certain is real. Turns out finding Clint is harder than Nina thought it would be, especially when the paragons don’t want her in their world. Will find her sister and prove herself sane? Stay tuned.
Sam Humphries crafts a puzzling story in Blackbird, where the veil between the worlds is pulled back, revealing a neon colored domain, dazzling and dangerous. Enter Nina, who has not only seen this world, but must somehow find a way into it to save her sister. Compounding Nina’s dilemma is her reliance on drugs and alcohol, and her confusing, talking cat. At the second issue, I’m still not sure where Humphries is taking the script, but the storyline is developing into something intense. Thus far, Humphries has presented more questions than answers, as he methodically builds a world filled with magical possibilities. For right now, I’m content to explore questions on my own. How does Nina fit into this world? Can we believe what Sharpie the cat says? Who is Blackbird? But I am equally looking forward to how Humphries will unveil the rest of Nina’s story.
Jen Bartel’s art continues to impress, with neon-vivid colors and kick-ass hair styles. Bartel crafts a curious and colorful of paragons, that draws the reader in, like Nina. As the issue moves between the time and space, Bartel’s panels distinguish between the worlds.
The Bottom Line:
Sam Humphries continues to build intriguing storylines in Blackbird #2, as Nina begins her journey to find her sister. Jen Bartel’s art keeps the tone of the series light, inviting the reader to enter the neon world of Blackbird. I’m curious to see where Humphries plans to take this series.