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)!Collects BLACKBIRD #1-6

Blackbird, Vol. 1 Details

TitleBlackbird, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534312593
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

Blackbird, Vol. 1 Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I looooved this! RTC! <3 Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Blackbird Vol. 1 was good. I enjoyed Nina learning more about the magical paragon/cabal world, and uncovering secrets along the way. Being completely honest most of the characters are unlikable and have very harsh personalities. I’m assuming that was on purpose, but some of them grew on me by the end. As I said I did like the story, it just felt a little all over the place at times. I think the flow was a bit off. The art work is beautiful and eye catching. Even when the story was a bit confusin Blackbird Vol. 1 was good. I enjoyed Nina learning more about the magical paragon/cabal world, and uncovering secrets along the way. Being completely honest most of the characters are unlikable and have very harsh personalities. I’m assuming that was on purpose, but some of them grew on me by the end. As I said I did like the story, it just felt a little all over the place at times. I think the flow was a bit off. The art work is beautiful and eye catching. Even when the story was a bit confusing or inconsistent the artwork definitely kept me turning pages. All in all this was a good read. I’m excited to see where Nina and the rest of the characters end up in future volumes!*ARC provided by Edelweiss+*
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Really love the art! The story is a bit rushed, but I'm hoping it'll improve in the coming volumes.
  • jess ❈
    January 1, 1970
    I will be honest, I have not read many graphic novels so I am not entirely sure how to review them. But I did enjoy this story; it's fast-paced and atmospheric. It did probably take an hour to read it, or even less, except I was tired last night so I fell asleep on it a couple times. The art style was amazing - honestly, it's so beautiful and I could stare at it forever. I was sad when I finished the last page because there was nothing for me to look at anymore!I do have to say that it did feel I will be honest, I have not read many graphic novels so I am not entirely sure how to review them. But I did enjoy this story; it's fast-paced and atmospheric. It did probably take an hour to read it, or even less, except I was tired last night so I fell asleep on it a couple times. The art style was amazing - honestly, it's so beautiful and I could stare at it forever. I was sad when I finished the last page because there was nothing for me to look at anymore!I do have to say that it did feel rushed but it was only 169 pages, and the story does build up as you go along and it slowly comes into place. I can't wait to see how it all continues with the next volumes / books. I think this just means I need to read more graphic novels!
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    This comic book was phenomenal! I was pleasantly surprised and shocked about how it pulled me in. I don’t know if anyone else got these vibes but it did slightly remind me of The Wicked + The Divine. I don’t know if it was the storyline or the artwork. Speaking of the artwork!!! It was beautiful and rich I’m so many beautiful colors. I can’t wait for the next volume and I will be doing a full review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story so far - I absolutely adore the art in this one! Really pulled me into picking it up at the store & the synopsis sounded so fun!Really fast read, at first was slightly confusing to get to grips with the story because quite a lot was introduced in a small amount of time, definitely glad I’m reading this in trade rather than issues cause that might have be way more confusing! 😂
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Damn I can’t wait to see where this goes. Full review to come.
  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    A spectral and magical constellation of a comic that I couldn't put down.
  • Leanne (Beauty & The Book Dragon)
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warning for: Drug Abuse & parental abandonment.Rep for: Sibling and mother/daughter relationships. This was a good start to a series I feel has so much potential to be huge. We have a character building up to potentially be a badass female character. Which btw I'm kinda hair twins with Nina at the moment. We have magic gangs set it LA/Hollywood. An unreliable but sassy cat companion. An assortment of characters I can't wait to know more about in future volumes. Same with the overall Trigger Warning for: Drug Abuse & parental abandonment.Rep for: Sibling and mother/daughter relationships. This was a good start to a series I feel has so much potential to be huge. We have a character building up to potentially be a badass female character. Which btw I'm kinda hair twins with Nina at the moment. We have magic gangs set it LA/Hollywood. An unreliable but sassy cat companion. An assortment of characters I can't wait to know more about in future volumes. Same with the overall world. The art is very vivid.I've been seeing a lot of mixed reviews which I kind of half expect. They are building up this world, it's still quite open ended. But I'm hoping it'll pick up in the 2nd volume. This first few chapters are quite slow but I recommend it's worth the push. It's no where near Saga level but if you liked The Wicked + The Divine, this is similar but I prefer this more.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    The plot in this one runs a bit fast, but I was so distracted by Jen Bartel’s art that I didn’t care. Magic and an angry heroine and secrets... loved it.
  • Groovy
    January 1, 1970
    i mostly like it for its breathtaking, fashionable aesthetic, but everything else is fine enough that my attention is maintained
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel team up to introduce us to a new Image series, following a protagonist with an MIA mother, a secretive sister, multiple drug problems, and a talking cat. Add in warring magical factions and an enormous magical monster, and you've got Blackbird, and it's really freaking good.Humphries has been a writer I've been following for a while, and his Blackbird story is great. It's a lot of familiar tropes mixed up and blended together in ways that make things seem fresh and n Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel team up to introduce us to a new Image series, following a protagonist with an MIA mother, a secretive sister, multiple drug problems, and a talking cat. Add in warring magical factions and an enormous magical monster, and you've got Blackbird, and it's really freaking good.Humphries has been a writer I've been following for a while, and his Blackbird story is great. It's a lot of familiar tropes mixed up and blended together in ways that make things seem fresh and new. His inner monologues ring true, and the family dynamic feels genuine, especially in the later two issues of the story. The mythos he's building here seems like we've only just scratched the surface as well, so there's a lot of potential to go even bigger, very quickly.Jen Bartel's artwork is gorgeous as well. She's a little bit David Marquez, a little bit Frank Cho, a little bit manga-inspired, and it comes together to create something very individual. Triona Farrell's colours make the magical duels pop, and gives Los Angeles a whole new feel for a city that's probably featured in just as much media as New York.An extremely promising start from all involved - more, please.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    As you can see from the cover, the illustrations in this graphic novel are stunning. Some of the best illustrations I have seen in a graphic novel. I also thought that the story was interesting and I am curious to see where it goes in the next volume. The magic system is a little confusing but I have high hopes that it will be more fleshed out as our main character comes to understand it better herself. My one gripe is the dialogue. It often felt stilted and forced. It took me out of the story b As you can see from the cover, the illustrations in this graphic novel are stunning. Some of the best illustrations I have seen in a graphic novel. I also thought that the story was interesting and I am curious to see where it goes in the next volume. The magic system is a little confusing but I have high hopes that it will be more fleshed out as our main character comes to understand it better herself. My one gripe is the dialogue. It often felt stilted and forced. It took me out of the story because I just kept thinking "who talks that way?" but it did improve as the story went on and I will be checking out the next volume when it comes out.
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  • Helena Summers
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    jen bartel's art?? gorgeous. sam humphries' plot??? solidly mediocre.
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: susbstance abuse (drugs and alcohol)Rep: It has a Latinx protagonist, and a Black love interest, as well as many POC secondary characters.I had been excited to someday possibly read this graphic novel as I kept seeing it around and I like the artist's work, but I was disappointed on finally getting to read it. The world of Blackbird is a hidden magical world within the world, but still seen enough that Nina, a believer in magic is able to find forums talking about it. The paragons, the Warnings: susbstance abuse (drugs and alcohol)Rep: It has a Latinx protagonist, and a Black love interest, as well as many POC secondary characters.I had been excited to someday possibly read this graphic novel as I kept seeing it around and I like the artist's work, but I was disappointed on finally getting to read it. The world of Blackbird is a hidden magical world within the world, but still seen enough that Nina, a believer in magic is able to find forums talking about it. The paragons, the magic-users of this world, hide themselves behind illusions and elitism, and have organized themselves into cabals that have declared turfs in the city of Los Angeles. Nina, who had seen a magical beast on the night an earthquake struck her city, retained her memories despite the cabal's efforts to wipe it, and has since then been searching for a way into their world, while also battling her own grief and insecurity, as well as her addiction. Now, I'll first talk about the artwork because that is the better part of this book - the character design, outfits and coloring all give a nice vibrant aesthetic to this story, being set in a glamorous city. It has some cool panels for when a major character is introduced , full of drama and jazz, and the cityscapes and backgrounds are beautiful and rich, but when it came to the actual action scenes, it felt a bit flat. Still, it tries with a story that doesn't know what it really wants to do - there are jokes that fall flat in concept as well as execution, and the plot is wafer thin. So basically what happens is, Nina is deliberately being kept out of the magic world for *reasons*, and it just circles around back again and again at that point, with her arguing with *that person* that she was deceived and hurt (so many times that it nearly comes across as whiny) while *that person* was like - I was doing it for your good, so that you could have a "normal life". Yeah, a normal life where she is being gaslit and having constant nervous breakdowns because she is being condescended to at 23 freaking years of age! Reasonable discussion and was definitely not on the agenda for this plot, and there are plotholes galore (why even change the memory if the intention was to erase it?!, why is there information of every kind of gem but none on how a paragon is initiated? why that sudden truth vision?) that could have been filled instead of circling back to the same scene in different places. Also, the magic system is never clearly explained - some are using gems, some are using spells and I don't know what they are in relation to one another. I know for a first book that is asking too much, but it wastes so much time on arguments and an abruptly developed romance that I am going to hold it against it. Overall, I would say this is a pretty graphic novel, but has an unsatisfactory plot, even for an entry book. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Image Comics, via Edelweiss.
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    For a while I was a big fan of Sam Humphries, his Marvel work in particular, which always seemed to find new ways to make broken people dealing with awful situations into entertaining reading. But his Harley Quinn didn't click for me, and this one hasn't quite landed either. The basic idea is sound – your standard 'secret society of wizards hiding behind the mundane world', except instead of inhabiting British castles or the ivy-clad East Coast, they're multi-ethnic Los Angelenos. And rather tha For a while I was a big fan of Sam Humphries, his Marvel work in particular, which always seemed to find new ways to make broken people dealing with awful situations into entertaining reading. But his Harley Quinn didn't click for me, and this one hasn't quite landed either. The basic idea is sound – your standard 'secret society of wizards hiding behind the mundane world', except instead of inhabiting British castles or the ivy-clad East Coast, they're multi-ethnic Los Angelenos. And rather than being wise and ancient and sublime, they're more a hybrid of gangsters and the 1%, if those are even distinct categories anymore. There are plenty more intriguing twists on the genre furniture, too, from the whole lost ancestor/'chosen one' bit, to the magical animal companion. But there's something flat to it all, which is at least in part down to the art. Co-creator Jen Bartel is new to interiors, having been a cover artist and illustrator for a while, and this might explain why although she can certainly manage a McKelvie-esque tableau of beautiful people hating each other, there's a certain static quality hampering the action scenes. Equally, I'm not sure the colouring helps. But in both cases, part of me suspects this was an entirely deliberate choice, a way of capturing that distinctly LA sense of hyperflatness and unreality - particularly given the colourist is Triona Farrell, whose work on Deep Roots so recently blew me away. So it's quite possible that if you live in LA and want your own flavour of modern fantasy, this will be right up your street; rather than anything being wrong with it, it's just having difficulty connecting with a reader who works ten minutes tops from Diagon Alley.(Edelweiss ARC)
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  • Louis Skye
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book solely for Jen Bartel's art which was a great decision because her art is stunning! I love her style and how realistic but fantastical everything looks. Her characters are gorgeous and make me want to live in her world. I want to cover my walls with her art. Honestly, I can't recommend her work enough. So beautiful.The story is very interesting, as well. I love the world building in this volume and how it sets up the different magical factions. And the protagonist is like a magi I read this book solely for Jen Bartel's art which was a great decision because her art is stunning! I love her style and how realistic but fantastical everything looks. Her characters are gorgeous and make me want to live in her world. I want to cover my walls with her art. Honestly, I can't recommend her work enough. So beautiful.The story is very interesting, as well. I love the world building in this volume and how it sets up the different magical factions. And the protagonist is like a magical Jessica Jones. What's not to love? I enjoyed this book thoroughly and would love to read more.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    At least 3 of those stars are for the artwork. I've been following Jen Bartel's work for ages, and to get to read a whole volume of her work was so exciting. But that storyline...listen, I'm intrigued! I see potential. It just needs to clean it up a bit into a more coherent story....the dialogue in particular was pretty rough, which as it's a comic, is you know, most of the writing. Will still check out the next volume. You got me Jen Bartel, you got me.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    I think I would like to take a moment to just screech about how gorgeous this artwork is. Like, seriously, it's unfair just how pretty everything in this graphic novel/comic was. The colors, the schemes, the details on both characters and setting. EVERYTHING WAS STUNNING. Omg, Nina and company were just so prettyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I can't. So many heart eyes. The story itself was pretty interesting. It took me a little while to get into the magic system, but once I got it, I decently figured it out. I think I would like to take a moment to just screech about how gorgeous this artwork is. Like, seriously, it's unfair just how pretty everything in this graphic novel/comic was. The colors, the schemes, the details on both characters and setting. EVERYTHING WAS STUNNING. Omg, Nina and company were just so prettyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I can't. So many heart eyes. The story itself was pretty interesting. It took me a little while to get into the magic system, but once I got it, I decently figured it out. There were still a few bumps in the road, but overall, intriguing. The plot was interesting and complex. There were a few twists and turns that caught me, and I was invested. The characters were good enough - not amazing but I was still decently invested in them and they were dynamic. Overall, it was a pretty good graphic novel, and I'm invested enough to check out further collections. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating, since I liked it well enough but still had a few struggles with it.
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  • lit.erary.britt
    January 1, 1970
    This first collected volume (issues 1-6), introduces Nina, her family, and the cryptic events that lead to current day. I’m not quite sure about this hidden world of magic and cabals and a great, beautiful beast, but the artwork is utterly stunning. Fantasy is not typically my thing, but it works for me in comic form. I’ll be back for Volume 2 when the time comes.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    How many times can you use the word gnarly2 stars for the awesome artwork
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Blackbird is a young adult urban fantasy about a pill-popping bartender who wishes she were hanging out with witches and such until some demon absconds with her sister. Brilliant colors in the artwork. But, alas, Not for me.
  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    The art was really pretty but I'm gonna be honest I have no idea what I just read.
  • Tiffani
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Crap. This is the best. I need more of this series.
  • Stefan Fergus
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting start to a new series. Some parts moved a bit too quickly, while others were the opposite. Not as smooth as I’d hoped. But, definitely interested in reading Volume 2.
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 . Loved this one!
  • Xiomara Canizales
    January 1, 1970
    To the Art I give it 5/5.To the Storyline, 1/5, I could have DNF it if it would for the beautiful drawings, the color palette is also stunning!
  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved : story, illustrations, trajectory of plot, emotions of characters, colors and well, everything else.Am super psyched to read the rest of them. I want the whole series!
  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    the art is SO GOOD. I read this as an ebook but I want to buy the individual issues because 😍😍😍not gonna lie, I wasn't totally following the plot but that's because I was distracted by Nina and Clint 👀
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