Title: Blackbird #3
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Cover: Loish, Jen Bartel, Manda Schank
Publication Date: December 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Nina thought magic was just cool spells and hot guys. But magic turned out to be so much more. Don’t miss this issue’s heartbreaking cliffhanger!”
Nina needs to find her sister, but where to start? With a little help, she might just save her sister and herself, but first Nina will need to figure why these paragons are after her. Turns out there’s more to fear than the Great Beast.
Blackbird #3 is another issue that draws readers in with dazzling art and holds them with the story. Sam Humphries carefully crafts his story of magic, slowly revealing details. The effect is a steadily paced series that balances between building characters and story and plot-progressing action scenes. It’s clear from these first few issues that Humphries’ story is a complex web; however, I’m not entirely clear on how everything fits together or where Nina’s place is in the paragon’s world. This is done purposely, as Humphries selects what information to suspend and what to share, resulting in a surprising cliffhanger this issue.
Jen Bartel’s neon world of Blackbird remains a stunning display of her artistic talent. Bartel creates two worlds in this issue, crafting the mundane Los Angelos and the colorful world of magic. Bartel brings both together, overlaying the two worlds, producing a visually impressive space foe this story to unfold in.
The Bottom Line:
Blackbird #3 continues to intrigue readers with its complex story and colorful art. Where the series is headed, I’m not sure, but I trust Humphries has something spectacular in store.