Little Bird written by Darcy Van Poelgeest and drawn by Ian Bertram is about resistance fighters along the Canadian border struggling against a hyper-religious American Regime. But it’s much more than that. In the first issue we have telekinetic nuns, post-apocalyptic tribal warriors and a big axe-wielding Canadian dude. Little Bird is one of this year’s most anticipated indie titles. Does it live up to the hype?
This feels like a world that’s so expansive, it’s a shame the series is only going to last for five issues. Still, if wanting more is my biggest complaint, that’s a good sign.
I’m most impressed by the tonal range of the comic. Little Bird manages to tell a story that’s grippingly emotional when it needs to be, but can also be surprisingly hilarious. The creators are able to have fun with their characters without letting the air out of the comic.
The action is also great not just because it’s violent but because it communicates character, story and setting with every panel. Bertram’s art is refreshingly grungy, yet doesn’t skimp on detail or atmosphere. The art style overall is perfect for communicating a story that is tragic, funny and action-packed.
Little Bird is yet another example that big things can come in small packages. It’s a story that is so unusual it could only have happened in comics. I eagerly anticipate the next time we journey into post-apocalyptic Canada.
Issue #1 arrives on March 13th from Image Comics.