Blackbird #6 Forges Ahead Into The Future

by Tony Thornley

Several times in my reviews of Blackbird I’ve praised the world building Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel have done. In the conclusion of their first arc, it all pays off in an incredibly satisfying issue.

Humphries, Bartel, Paul Reinwald, Triona Farrell, Jodi Wynne and Dylan Todd wrap up the first arc in a big way.

Nina prepares to confront her mother with Clint’s help. Clint gives her a pep talk and helps her see what magic can do for the world. Then she has the confrontation she’s waited her entire life for…

After an entire arc of character-rich world building, Humphries pays it off with an issue that is entirely based around Nina. We learn the secrets of her past, yes, but she also has the life changing confrontation she’s needed to have. It’s extremely satisfying and wouldn’t be possible without what he and Bartel have done so far this arc.

Bartel and Reinwald’s work is full of emotion though. Nina, Clint and her mother, the focal characters of the issue, all are fully realized and rounded people here. Reinwald’s layouts draw the readers across the story, while Bartel is able fill the characters with emotion.

This series truly is the full package, and after this issue it has a bright future. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Blackbird #6 is available now from Image Comics.

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