Review: Blackbird Vol. 1

Blackbird Vol. 1Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artists: Jen Bartel, Triona Farrell
Released: May 14th, 2019
Received: Own
Issues: Blackbird 1-6
Rating: Kitty Rating

I read Blackbird Vol. 1 as single issues as they released. I also read it as a volume when it became available, because I love this series.

Blackbird follows Nina Rodriguez on her quest for truth and magic. But those words don’t really do the series justice. Nina is a stubborn woman who’s struggled a lot, and despite all of that she’s held on to what she believes in. Even when everybody else thinks she’s insane for it.

Blackbird has rapidly become one of my favorite series, and there are a lot of reasons to love it. Nina is an amazing character – she’s driven, she’s tortured, she’s on a mission for the truth. The plot is fascinating, and the artwork is absolutely striking.

If I’m being honest, I originally picked up this series because the artwork on the cover caught my eye. From there I just became obsessed with this series. I read each issue as it came out. And then I bought and reread the series again when it came out on volume. I don’t typically do that, so I hope my statement carries the weight it deserves.

Spoiler Warning

Blackbird is such an amazing an enchanting series, and the first volume really doesn’t hesitate to dive right into the thick of the plot itself. It makes for a fast-paced first six issues, but it’s so worth it. I enjoyed every minute of this series, and honestly hope it goes on for quite some time (though I’d also be okay with a well planned ending of course).

I’m actually a bit torn about where to start. So I guess I’ll start with the artwork. The artwork is striking. It’s the one of the best I’ve seen in a series, and certainly the brightest out of my favorites. Jen Bartel is the lead artist, and she does an amazing job. The series has tasked her with a lot of unique images, and so far she hasn’t seemed to falter once. My favorite scenes tend to include the larger magical manifestations, but that’s probably no surprise.

As for the plot, I enjoyed it immensely. It’s hard not to feel sympathetic for Nina, as the series starts out with us seeing her at one of the worst moments in her life. From there we’re given more and more reasons to invest in her emotionally.

I love how driven she is – even when she’s told she’s insane for what she believes in (magic), she never stops. She just keeps seeking out the answers that she knows are there. More than that though, I love Nina because her reactions are so human. She’s angry and hurt and lost, and she’s not afraid to show those emotions.

I loved the twists and revelations in this series, so far at least. They were dramatic and cleverly done. And let’s not forget about the emotional impact of what was revealed – because there absolutely was one.

Also, side note (and spoiler): There’s a cat in the opening scene of the series. Said cat disappears after, but I promise you the cat is fine. I know my heart broke at that moment, and hopefully, this will help save one animal lover’s heart.

Now I just have to wait for the next issue to release, because there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to keep reading this series by the issue. I’m too impatient to read this one volume by volume!

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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