Preview Review for the week of 10/3/2018: Blackbird #1

Hey there!  Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.  This is where we give advanced glimpses at some of the comics that will be coming out this Wednesday.

A reminder for you. Here at PopCultureSquad, we are decidedly anti-Spoiler.  We feel that ruining someone’s experience with something for the sake of getting a scoop or clicks is the wrong thing to do. Therefore, we have decided to publish this column, as necessary, with mostly spoiler-free reviews of upcoming issues.  Hopefully, the information that we share with you will increase your excitement for these books.

The book we are previewing this week will be released Wednesday October 3rd 2018. This is one of the books in our hotlist of debut issues for October. You can find the rest of that list here.

Image Comics
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Jen Bartel
Layout Art by Paul Reinwand
Colors by Nayoung Wilson and Bartel
Letters by Jodi Wynne
Cover Art by Bartel




Official Solicitation:

An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite 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?

PCS Review:

This book is definitely a winner. Hot artist Jen Bartel’s first full length issue is stunning. There is sense of tragedy and hopelessness in the main character the she captures wonderfully. The colors have a warmth that is almost tangible. The panel layouts and camera angles lead the reader on a perfect pace.

Sam Humphries is precise with the words used. There is not an over abundance and the art does a lot of the storytelling. There are a few sequences of back and forth that put the reader in the mind of the protagonist in an interesting way.

The story, based on loss and belief in magic, is intriguing. There are plenty of ways for this story to play out and the end of the issue comes up quick leaving the audience clamoring for more. We will definitely be there to see what happens next.

Interior Page from Blackbird #1