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Review – Blackbird #6 (Image Comics)

Blackbird #6
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Summary

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Layout Artist: Paul Reinwand
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Jodi Wynne
Designer: Dylan Todd
Editor: Jim Gibbons
Main Cover: Jen Bartel
Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 13th, 2019

Blackbird #6 brings about the conclusion of the first full plot arc, and with it, the truth is finally revealed to young Nina.

 

The Truth Is Finally Revealed in Blackbird #6

Blackbird #6 brings about the conclusion of the first major plot arc in the series. It’s actually a little bittersweet when you think about it. From all appearances, the series is going to take a slight break from here, but hopefully it’ll pick up soon.

This issue is fairly intense, just as we hoped it would be. It is the conclusion of a major plot point for the main character, after all. Nina finally gets the answers she’s been seeking these past six issues. She may not like the answers, but she’ll have to learn to live with that.+

Writing

Blackbird #6 (Image Comics) cover A by Jen Bartel
Blackbird #6 (Image Comics) cover A by Jen Bartel

Sam Humphries went all out for Blackbird #6. This isn’t terribly surprising, since they made a point of telling us ahead of time that the sixth issue would conclude the first plot arc. Still, it’s always nice to see something living up to its expectations.

This was an emotionally intense issue, to put it lightly. At the end of the last issue, a truth was hinted at that Nina just wasn’t able to accept. This issue further builds on that. It also builds on her slowly building up her identity all on her own—without the crutches of her family that she had been using. In other words, while Nina very much has a lot that she has to work through yet, she’s also starting to move on. In her own way, at least. She’s taking control of her life, as evidenced by her actions in this issue. Some of what she’s doing is still driven by anger and hurt…but she is a person, after all, as Humphries brilliantly reminds us here.

The conclusion for this plot felt solid, like everything that needed to be wrapped up was. That’s not to say that everything has a nice little bow on it; in fact, they’ve already begun hinting at the next plot for the series. I adore it when they weave plots together, instead of having them use these harsh defined lines.

Art

One of the most memorable parts about this series—besides the plot—is absolutely the artwork. It’s so vibrant and eye-catching, and the style itself is quite stunning. Honestly, it’s the reason I picked up the series to begin with. And I’m so very glad I did.

The covers for this series are always so striking, and Blackbird #6 is no exception. All credit goes to Jen Bartel for the main cover, as she did both the lines and the coloring for it. Her covers seem to influence the colors within as well, which is perfect since they’ve become so iconic for the series.

Jen Bartel also provided the linework for this issue (and all of the others), giving a strong jumping point for Triona Farrell to work with. Farrell seems equally fond of working with the brighter colors I’ve come to love. And her mastery of blending light and colors is to die for.

Conclusion

Blackbird has become a series worth keeping an eye out for. It’s a bit of a shame that they’re going on break, but I’m saying that mostly because I’m impatient, and not because I don’t think they deserve some time to relax.

Blackbird #6 was an intense issue, but it also was everything I had hoped for the conclusion of this plot. Actually, it was quite a bit more than I had hoped for. Everything we were told made complete sense, and we were able to see what Nina was going to do about the truth she learned. It was exactly what we needed to see.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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