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Blackbird, Vol. 1

(Blackbird #1-6)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,323 ratings  ·  717 reviews
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-h ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Image Comics (first published May 8th 2019)
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Patrick Soucy It will be released on May 14th 2019, but I already saw it in Canadian physical store "Chapters" and "Indigo".…moreIt will be released on May 14th 2019, but I already saw it in Canadian physical store "Chapters" and "Indigo".(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’m going to add some of the art from the book because I appreciate when others do that as well. It takes a good amount of time for me to do this so I hope y’all can appreciate that I’m doing it for y’all and can like it for what it is, not for any boring ole line I can try to flesh out. Love to y’all!

The story is bit odd but I want to continue. Art is fantastic!

Commence with some pics!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Faith M ✨
Well that sucked.

The Art

The art was good…sometimes. Usually, it was painfully awkward and had that certain quality so common in Western comics and graphic novels: what I call “rushed by a deft hand.” The artist was good, undeniably so, but they were also very clearly rushed, or just didn’t care about their art enough to make it look any good.

The spectacle shots were all beautiful but the regular panels and character designs looked just really strange, at least in my opinion. Facial expressio
Jade Ratley
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was incredible. The art is beautiful, the characters captured me, the plot had me absolutely hooked. I loved this so much.
Melanie (mells_view)
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 ...more
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
The art is beautiful but the plot makes NO SENSE.
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Really love the art! The story is a bit rushed, but I'm hoping it'll improve in the coming volumes. ...more
Lizzy Reads
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fun and the art is beautiful. However for me the story was a bit rushed and the magic system is still really hazy to me. I'm intrigued to continue with the story once the second volume is out. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Reading this caused me physical pain. Nina, the main character, is incredibly annoying and stupid. All I can remember is "omg" everywhere and how all is cute and just ugh. No. Definitely not for me. 1,5/5. Just because of art. ...more
2 stars

It was an ok read. I wish more of the magic system had been explained and things weren't so rushed because it made it very confusing.

If I'm being honest, I had no idea what the plot of this was and only picked it up because the cover is absolutely gorgeous as is the artwork on the inside.
Banal Girl
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

At first the story is just okay, but I loved the outcome. I'm very curious to know what's going to happen!
jess ❈
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
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Damn I can’t wait to see where this goes. Full review to come.
amara ☾
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
the art was probably some of the prettiest illustrations i’ve seen and my eyes absolutely devoured it up. but the writing was confusing, the story was fragmented and the pacing was erratic, as if the writer didn’t bother editing their work.

and it was this kind of shitty writing and unlikable cast of characters that’s brought me to the decision to give this book 2 stars unfortunately 😕
Review to Come

This had beautiful artwork, but the story line was almost incoherent. It didn't do a good job of explaining anything. It felt like on of those weird vivid dreams that you have when you're sleeping, where one minute your holding a scepter and the next moment you have a cat talking to you. You have no idea how you got there, what's going on, or what the point of it all is. And then you wake up with only weird flashes to remind you of it. Does that make any sense? Well, it makes about
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, arc, ya

How many times can you use the word gnarly

2 stars for the awesome artwork
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
jen bartel's art?? gorgeous. sam humphries' plot??? solidly mediocre. ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun story and I loved the art!
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
"I'm the only one with the power to make my life better"

The vibrant color collection on any given page is dessert to the eye.
The plot was a bit predictable at some points, but overall it was entertaining.
I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the next issue.

Quick retro review of a quick read for the start of a series that I definitely plan on picking up further. I picked up "Blackbird Volume 1" on the part of a recommendation from Booktuber Maddie/The Book Pusher. (I should probably make a list of Booktubers I follow regularly, since I do take recommendations from several I follow.) Jen Bartel's amazing artwork hooked me in from the moment I saw the stunning cover, and the premise is an interesting one. Volume 1 of the series compiles issues #1-6.

May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin Bonne
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The artwork with its bright, neon color scheme, is gorgeous.
lauren ♡
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
the art in this was STUNNING 😍 the plot confused me a little, but overall i really enjoyed it and i hope there's a volume 2 soon?? ...more
rachel ☾
*immediately Googles if i can buy art prints*

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Latina mc w/ a substance addiction; Black &
Claudia ✨
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as I set my eyes on this gorgeous cover I knew I had to read Blackbird. What can I say? I am a sucker for pretty covers. When I went along to read the synopsis though, I found myself even more intrigued - hispanic lead? Magical beasts? Sister having to save sister? I'm here for it.

And in many ways, this graphic novel really delivered. Especially on that art - gosh, it was absolutely stunning. I loved the colours, the character designs, and the thighs. Yes, you read that right. I loved ho
Dave Schaafsma
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-ya, gn-fantasy
I read this because Jen Bartel won the 2019 Eisner Award for (multiple) covers, including this one, which is striking, right? She also does the art within the book, which I liked. The story features Nina Rodriguez, who in the first volume is almost wholly unlikeable, working in a bar, painkiller-addicted, with her sister, Marina, after her mother is dead. She and Marina were once saved by some mystical beast, and Nina participates daily in online connections to magic and cabals and paragons, whi ...more
Leanne (Beauty & The Book Dragon)
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 worl
ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
I was truly captivated by this slim beauty, which I wasn't expecting. I knew I'd fall in love with the artwork just by that flippin' stellar cover! 😍 But the storyline was wonderfully thought out and I was hooked.

I loved Nina, and sadly could relate to get on so many levels 😔

Nina's family were pretty trashy, in my opinion. Everyone abandoned her. Everyone left her in the dark. And then they were shocked when she started lashing out? Like for real? Idiots. It didn't work out when Dumbledore left
⠀n. ♡
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i don’t even know where to begin with this. everything was amazing. yeah, it was a little rushed but... it’s meant to be a whirlwind.

this comic series is probably the most beautiful thing my eyes every witnessed. the art is so beautiful. i cannot stress how much the color palette and the art style fit this.

the plot was also very good. i’m kinda new to this subject matter so i can’t really speak on originality but i can say i’ve never read anything like this.

the way the sixth issue ended leads
Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Everything about this was so entertaining and magical. But what really made this shine is the artwork and the coloring. Jen Bartel truly is the best in the business. I'd picked this up on a whim because I'm a fan of her art and I'm so glad that I did. I've never seen visuals this captivating in a graphic novel before. And I'm already really invested in all of these characters so I look forward to more issues! ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

This has to be one of my favorite beginnings to a graphic novel series, yet. This world was so fascinating! The characters! The art! I really really loved this one. I am so looking forward to more. Give me all the Blackbird!!!!!
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