Title: Little Bird #1
Writer: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Artist: Ian Bertram
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD. With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and the drama and surrealism of Akira, LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.
“We’ve protected this land with our own blood for thousands of years, so if it’s the land they want, it’s blood they’ll pay to get it! Let their screams be the song to which we fight! Their passing be the silence in which we dream!”
Little Bird, a young resistance fighter, has her mission: Free the Axe, and save the people. And, although this rescue mission sounds simple enough, saving the people really means saving the world from the oppressive United Nations of America and their mad religious zealots that reside in the New Vatican.
This blood-soaked debut issue is as telling as it is intense; Darcy Van Poelgeest sets the stage for an epic journey with ease, introducing great conflict and fully-realized characters, Poelgeest generates a great deal of momentum and intrigue and thus presents readers with a near-perfect introduction to Little Bird. This debut is exciting and well-paced and packed tight with thought-provoking material as this series promises to examine political and religious institutions.
Ian Bertram’s artwork is gorgeous and unsettling. Panels teem with detail and settings are rendered beautifully. Seeing a man axed in twain isn’t something that I was looking for when I went into my reading, but I am glad that I found it here.
The Bottom Line
Little Bird is phenomenal; this blood-soaked debut conjures intrigue and interest in its preparation for what promises to be an epic journey.