Blackbird #1 (Blackbird, #1)
An all-new ongoing series from fan-favourite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL!In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy.The bigger problem: she’s not crazy - she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

Blackbird #1 (Blackbird, #1) Details

TitleBlackbird #1 (Blackbird, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics

Blackbird #1 (Blackbird, #1) Review

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:Spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Earthquake, death, mention of car accident, and drug addiction.I heard about this comic series via Twitter. I love magic and sister relationships. Blackbird was on my list off highly anticipated series. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. I found this first chapter to be rushed and sort off choppy. The beginning was decent and did a good job portraying the relationships between the characters. I also think Nina's drug addiction is done well. When Nina fi Mini review:Spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Earthquake, death, mention of car accident, and drug addiction.I heard about this comic series via Twitter. I love magic and sister relationships. Blackbird was on my list off highly anticipated series. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. I found this first chapter to be rushed and sort off choppy. The beginning was decent and did a good job portraying the relationships between the characters. I also think Nina's drug addiction is done well. When Nina finds out that magic is real the entirety off those scenes were rushed.I really sympathized and felt for Marissa. I didn't like Nina at all. She was very frustrating to read about and just rude. I understand that she is traumatized has a drug addiction. Regardless that is no reason to disrespect her sister. Blackbird also follows Nina's point of view, which at times made it hard to read. However I will continue to read the series. Partly because off the magic system. Also I hope to see Nina grow. Another perk is the art. It's seriously fantastic! I can't wait to see the actual magic because of that. I do still recommend as I have high hopes for this series.
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  • Sans
    January 1, 1970
    It’s got the potential to be a good story.
  • R.C. Rejino
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 out of 5 stars.Video review now available!:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_KhN...I FUCKING LOVE THE ART FOR THIS SERIES.
  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    Let's be clear: Jen Bartel is a goddess. Obviously, the cover for this series is fantastic and the interior art (for the most part) matches it as well. This first issue is a lot of flashback and setup so it's hard to make a judgement call on the writing just yet. Feels very YA-ish, also picking up some The Wicked + The Divine vibes.Interested to see where this goes and will keep picking it up.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    First, can we just talk about how amazing the cover for this issue is? I’ll be honest with you and say that it’s the main thing that caught my attention and made me want to read this series. Totally not ashamed to admit that. Everything about this cover (and the alternates I’ve seen as well) is perfect. This was a decent start to a new series. It had some show/tell issues, as well as some pacing issues, but on the whole it was really interesting. I think the next few issues are where we’ll rea First, can we just talk about how amazing the cover for this issue is? I’ll be honest with you and say that it’s the main thing that caught my attention and made me want to read this series. Totally not ashamed to admit that. Everything about this cover (and the alternates I’ve seen as well) is perfect. This was a decent start to a new series. It had some show/tell issues, as well as some pacing issues, but on the whole it was really interesting. I think the next few issues are where we’ll really get to dig our teeth into the series though. Now that the backstory is out of the way, they’ll be freer to explore the parts of the story that you can tell they’ve been really looking forward to. So while I wasn’t blown away with the start of this series, I have no doubt that I’ll continue reading it. The character designs are striking, but the characters themselves are still a little flat. This would be one of the show/tell issues I was talking about. We know all about the main characters hopes, dreams, and regrets…but I still don’t feel connected to her at all. I think with time we could see her develop more, giving us more of a chance to care about her. The artwork has been amazing so far. Especially the more ethereal parts. I don’t want to ruin any of them by trying to describe them – but part of me wishes that one particular scene had been on the cover (though that would have been a spoiler, so I understand the decision not to do that).
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  • Aycan
    January 1, 1970
    çizimlere ba-yıl-dım!karmakarışık olacak bir hikayenin ilk kitabı için gayet güzeldi.. kızları bu kadar güzel çizmişsiniz de, o gördüğüm erkek umarım ana karakter değildir. büyük hayal kırıklığı olur benim için çünkü...bu seriye devam ederim, sihir içeren hikayeler alıyor başını gidiyorben gidiyorum yani, kapılıyorum, okuması heyecanlı oluyordiğer sayının çıkmasına çok var daha bi'de ya. hof.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    Had High hopes for this, mediocre at best.The story is rushed, and a bit cringe around in the beginning when she arrives at the oasis cafe, that part just felt very random.When she found the paragon Cirque bracelet thing, the rest of the story was just...a big no.The character is very sassy, the story and narration is just bad.But a two stars instead of one because Jen Bartel is amazing.Not the best comic I have read, and may possibly be the worst as there is barely any character development and Had High hopes for this, mediocre at best.The story is rushed, and a bit cringe around in the beginning when she arrives at the oasis cafe, that part just felt very random.When she found the paragon Cirque bracelet thing, the rest of the story was just...a big no.The character is very sassy, the story and narration is just bad.But a two stars instead of one because Jen Bartel is amazing.Not the best comic I have read, and may possibly be the worst as there is barely any character development and the plot is very cliche, but the art is pretty good.
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  • Mikey The High School Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Man... not sure where to start. I’ll start with so much rushed work here with the story. Didn’t even get a chance to feel out any character, no idea what’s happening, and it feels like a story that has promise but suffers from split personality.
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  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    I almost didn't finish Blackbird, but it seemed silly to DNF a comic. They're too short not to finish, you know? I also kept hoping the story would improve, but Nina was an incredibly frustrating character. She remembers magic that no one else does, and it quickly becomes an obsession.I feel like the first issue of a new comic has to be informative, which Blackbird was not. Nina was able to predict a natural disaster before it happened, but it never tells you why. Mysterious, magical beings eras I almost didn't finish Blackbird, but it seemed silly to DNF a comic. They're too short not to finish, you know? I also kept hoping the story would improve, but Nina was an incredibly frustrating character. She remembers magic that no one else does, and it quickly becomes an obsession.I feel like the first issue of a new comic has to be informative, which Blackbird was not. Nina was able to predict a natural disaster before it happened, but it never tells you why. Mysterious, magical beings erase everyone's memory, but Nina managed to trick them into thinking she had forgotten. Again... how?Fast forward (potential spoilers ahead)… she's doing drugs and abusing her prescriptions. She starts living with her sister after nearly dying, and promised to stop taking pills. Unsurprisingly, Nina is still taking pills and does a poor job of hiding it. Her life is a mess, her thoughts make zero sense (which might have something to do with how it was presented), and she still behaves liked a spoiled child.I have no idea how she "stumbled" across a magical bracelet and knew exactly what it was. The language and magic were knew to me, but none of it was explained. At the end, she proves to be selfish and immature. Oh, and there's a cat with three eyes. I loved his name: Sharpie. This will not be a comic I continue reading in the future.Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on October 26, 2018.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Samhain
    January 1, 1970
    A promising first issue, although parts of it feels a lot like The Wicked+The Divine (fangirl obsessed with everything Paragons, who are super powerful&rich&are supposed to have powers but most people don't believe it, suddenly dragged into all the drama and potentially discovering her powers... it's beyond inspiration at this point, right?). But to be fair, despite the similarities, I'm already thinking about the universe and making up theories in my mind, which is a very good sign afte A promising first issue, although parts of it feels a lot like The Wicked+The Divine (fangirl obsessed with everything Paragons, who are super powerful&rich&are supposed to have powers but most people don't believe it, suddenly dragged into all the drama and potentially discovering her powers... it's beyond inspiration at this point, right?). But to be fair, despite the similarities, I'm already thinking about the universe and making up theories in my mind, which is a very good sign after only one issue :) My money is on (view spoiler)[the mom being the "forget" creature, and the cat being linked to the massive blue lion (first time he disappears just before the lion appears, second time he appears just after the lion's gone... strong coincidence) (hide spoiler)]. And even if the premise doesn't pay off as a story, I'll still be checking this series out from time to time because the art is gorgeous and I want to see how the characters evolve under Jen Bartel's pencil.
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  • Elijah Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Every panel of Blackbird's art and every word of Blackbird's dialogue demand the reader's attention. Jen Bartel truly brought magic into Los Angeles with her sensational art. While Sam Humphries' writing managed to make this first issue feel like an entire arc of its own. (S0 expect a great deal of well-paced character depth in this issue.) Blackbird is fantasy of a unique breed. And reading it is the only way to get the full experience of a comic this good.
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  • Lilyan
    January 1, 1970
    It takes a lot for the first issue of a brand new series to draw me in. The cover art alone peaked my interest. I realized today that a majority of the comics I read are centered around magical girls, or girls with some hidden magic ability, and I think this is another one to add to the list. So far, I am anxious to see where the story leads.
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  • Soaring Leaves
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is amazing and the alt cover is pretty lovely too, I was a lil disappointment the style did not keep up, but the general art style for panels was good.It's difficult to evaluate the plot right now, but it seems kinda like YA and I was hoping for a more mature tone.Narration is a bit irritating and whiny, but maybe next issue will smooth is out.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god I can't wait for the rest of this series!!! Jen Bartel's work is so gorgeous. The story is good, although it reads a bit choppy at times, like pieces were cut out of the story. It has the potential to be incredible; I love the base of the story with magic and Los Angeles. 10/10 will buy the next issue.
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  • Dora
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this series up at comic con this year after hearing Jen Bartel talk about it in a panel. The first issue is obviously a set up for what’s to come. I’m excited to see how the magic system plays out. Nina was annoying though not going to lie but she has serious potential to grow as a character. The art is gorgeous.
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  • Liv
    January 1, 1970
    The visuals were stunning and even though the graphic novel was short SO MUCH was packed into it and I loved it to bits! Nina is probs going to be one of my favourite protags and Sharpie is too cute I CANNOT DEAL AND WITH THAT ENDING AS WELL MY GOSH
  • kynndra-jo
    January 1, 1970
    I love and adore the art and concept of this comic. However I worry that the MC is going to be highly unlikable - that being said I am captured by the cliff hanger near the end and will def continue!
  • Catherine Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard this was announced in January, I knew that I would love this book. The art is amazing by Jen Bartel and the colourist does a great job. The story is interesting and has a lot of different story points to continue with. Excited to see where this goes.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely has potential but didn't love the first issue. Will almost certainly buy the TP.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Not usually into graphic novels but this was awesome! Can’t wait for more magic
  • Kristin El
    January 1, 1970
    Really interesting. Reminds me a bit of the comic Mae. Wish it was a graphic novel instead.
  • Dann Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Great start to a new series. Looking forward to where the author and artist want to go next.
  • ChrisVigilante
    January 1, 1970
    THE ART IS SO GOOD!!!I'm intrigued by the story but this was definitely more of the set things up stage. We get a lot of information very quickly here.
  • Geoff
    January 1, 1970
    A good first issue. Looking forward to seeing what’s next. Loved the art and the pacing was well done.
  • Micaela
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it and thought it was a good first issue. Not really sure what kind of path it will take. I like the magic and the cute kitty, though.
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