Title: Blackbird #5
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Jen Bartel
Colors: Triona Farrell
Published: February 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary:After taking out her anger on the Paragon cabals in a big way, there’s nowhere in Los Angeles’ four magical territories that Nina can hide. Good thing she’s done hiding. It’s time to throw down.
They say the truth will set you free, but they forget to mention that the truth usually comes after pain and disappointment. Nina’s search for the truth has brought her both, but now that she’s learned what happened the night of the earthquake, she is free. Or is she?
Sam Humphries writes a complex and exciting conclusion to Blackbird’s first story arc. Blackbird #5 slowly reveals the secrets of Nina’s past, building perfect tension into every panel. Humphries writes Blackbird #5 with precision and craft, suppressing the conclusion until just the right moment. Well paced and intense, Blackbird #5 is impossible to put down. I’m already looking forward to the next issue, and I only just finished this one!
Jen Bartel’s artwork keeps the magical/whimsical elements alive with her panels. As the magic element is in full force this issue, Bartel’s art brings the mystical arts to life on the page. Triona Farrell’s stunning neon color palette completes the issue with colors that dazzle and delight.
The Bottom Line
Blackbird #5 is a must-read issue that is difficult to put down. Sam Humphries writes an intensely satisfying conclusion to the series’ first story arc.