Wizards ARE Real in Blackbird (Blackbird #1 Advanced Comic Review)

ADVANCE REVIEW: NO SPOILERS

Blackbird #1

Writer: Sam Humphries 
Artist: Jen Bartel
Layout Artist: Paul Reinwand
Colorists: Nayoung Wilson, Jen Bartel
Letterer: Jodi Wynne

 

SYNOPSIS:

Nina has visions. She predicted a massive earthquake and was right. From there, everything got worse. On the night of the Verdugo Earthquake, Nina discovered that magic is real.

 

THOUGHTS:

Nina’s life is rough. Living with her sister, overcoming tragedy. Knowing that magic is real but being reduced to ‘that girl’ who no one believes. It’s a rough life, and she’s dealing as best that she can. which is poorly. There’s drama and angst and mystery in this book. The color palette is a Lisa Frank fan’s dream. All the 90’s shades of pink and turquoise feature heavily in the book and my 90’s aesthetic heart is living for it. There are some absolutely stunning images in these pages, and I’m not spoiling anything here, but the magic and the wizards – sorry, Paragons – are the gorgeous pin-up style shots you’ve come to expect from Jen Bartel. The writing didn’t grab me at first, but about halfway through when Nina’s troubles really started to pile up, I was sold on her voice and her plight.

Overall, this was a solid start to a series that I had no clue what to expect from. I recommend picking this one up if you’re a fan of magic, monsters, disasters, hot messes, and 90’s aesthetics.

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Kai Kiriyama

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A writer, editor and Twitch gamer from Canada, Kai is often cold and usually under-caffeinated. You can find her books on all ebook retailers, including Amazon.
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Summary
This is not a book for younger readers. There is alcohol use and drug abuse present in the book as well, consider this a content warning. The glow effects that colorists Nayoung and Jen manage to put on the magic and the Paragons never ceases to impress. This is one of those series that surprised me, and because this review is based on an advance copy, I'm going to have a hard time waiting for issue 2!
Good
  • beautiful pin up panels
  • surprising character depth
  • intrigue!
Bad
  • slow burn angst at the beginning made the opening a little iffy
8
Great
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A writer, editor and Twitch gamer from Canada, Kai is often cold and usually under-caffeinated. You can find her books on all ebook retailers, including Amazon.

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