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Blackbird #1 (Review): Magic Is Real

Updated: Jan 24, 2020


Writer: Sam Humphries

Artist: Jen Bartel

Publisher: Image Comics


Wow, I mean what else can I say. Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel delivered probably the best book out this week. It's set in the city I grew up in, Los Angeles, which is always cool to see since most books tend to be set on the east coast. I have been looking forward to this book for months after reading the premise and a recommendation from my LCS sealed the deal. This was yet another fantastic debut from Image Comics.

Nina isn't your typical LA girl, she believes in magic, monster, and wizards. It all started 10 years ago when she has a vision that an Earthquake is gonna happen. Just as she predicted, a 7.0 earthquake rattles the city. As she runs for safety, she escapes certain death and is saved by an enormous magical creature, beautifully depicted by the talented Jen Bartell. As the earthquake stops, everybody that witnessed these magical creatures has their memory wiped, all accept Nina.

As the story jumps forward, we see a woman who has become obsessed with finding out more about what she saw that day. Having lost her mom all those years ago and being a little bit of an outsider, she has become a pill popper and a drinker who sleeps on her sisters couch. Sam writes her in a way that makes her such a relatable character that I can't wait to learn more about. To her sisters dismay, Nina isn't being productive and going to school, instead she bartends at night which just feeds her addiction.

One night while walking in the alley behind the bar she finds a magical object that enables her to see, what she always knew was real, magic. After the mysterious character tells her that she's not meant to see what she saw, her sister shows up. As they fight, the creature that saved their lives 10 years ago returns. The ending was unexpected and sets up the story that is sure to bring back readers for the next issue, including myself.

Sam has created such an awesome story and Jen has drawn a beautiful book. The way she depicted the aftermath of the earthquake with the buildings leaning off to the side was really cool. She has to draw the most beautiful female characters I've ever seen. The colors in this book are

bright and illumnating. This is one of the most eye popping books on the shelves right now.

This is a book I definitely recommend to any comic fan, no matter what type of book you're into. What Sam and Jen have created here is something special and can't be placed in any one genre or category. Do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy for yourself and maybe one for your best friend also. You won't regret it and they will love you for it.

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