About Blackbird Vol. 1
Nina Rodriguez knows a hidden magical world run by ruthless cabals is hiding in Los Angeles. When a giant magic beast kidnaps her sister, Nina must confront her past (and her demons) to get her sister back and reclaim her life. Don’t miss the first collection of the smash-hit neo-noir fantasy series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL (Mighty Thor)!
3 out of 5 stars
Expected publication: May 14th, 2019 by Image Comics
ISBN1534312595 (ISBN13: 9781534312593)
Edition Language English
“Blackbird Vol. 1” was a decent comic. It is visually well put together. The story is interesting but I felt it was rough and flat in sections. More detail could be added to flush out the characters and backstories. Substance abuse was represented in the story, but that did not feel authentic. “I need my pills. I need my pills.” Then now what? It felt as if it was a side note, and not a major part of the character’s life. As the issues progressed, the story and writing became better and more coherent.
The visuals of “Blackbird Vol. 1” is a very well put together story as you get into it. Often when looking at the page it seemed like the colors would pop out at you and start blinking like a neon sign would. The character design and aesthetics had a manga vibe for me which was interesting. It was over the top and oversaturated. I will be looking into the next issues to see what happens with the characters if I happen upon the books. Otherwise, I might give future reading a pass.
I received an electronic copy of this via Edelweiss+ and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Sam Humphries is a comic artist living in Los Angeles.