Title: Blackbird #6
Words: Sam Humphries
Art: Jen Bartel
Colors: Triona Farrell
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Don’t miss the climactic confrontation between Nina, the Great Beast, and the secret origin of magic.
The conclusion of the first story arc is an intensely gratifying read. Prepare yourself for what comes next.
Sam Humphries’ slow burn series finally ignites in Blackbird #6. The issue is an emotional rollercoaster, where truth is revealed at great personal expense to the characters. Throughout, Humphries maintains Nina’s unique voice, pushing the reader forward even in the most emotional of panels. As for the big reveal this issue, Blackbird #6 delivers on the promises made earlier in the story arc. The ending both impresses and intrigues, committing readers to the next story arc, wherever that might take Nina.
Jen Bartel’s art simply shines in Blackbird #6. Her rendering of the conclusion is nothing short of stunning. Bartel brings Nina’s transformation in Blackbird #6 to life in these panels, full of intricate and nuanced details. Triona Farrell’s neon colors complete the issue with the signature, Blackbird look.
Together, Humphries words and Bartel’s art create a spectacular conclusion to the opening story arc of Blackbird. This first arc successfully creates a hybrid world full of magic and mischief. Now that the original series questions are answered, I’m looking forward to what Humphries has planned next for Nina.
The Bottom Line
Humphries weaves a tale of truth and consequence both tragic and beautiful. Blackbird #6 delivers on all fronts: action, narrative, and suspense.