Blackbird #4

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Jen Bartel Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
8.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Between pulling back the veil on the magic underground and learning shocking secrets from the past, Nina can't even right now. Also, she's terrible at flirting, and that's getting in the way of making out with Clint.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 9, 2019

    I continue to find myself more compelled with the world being crafted in these issues, both in the approach to magic and in a desire to further understand the structure of paragon society. Plus as someone who usually isn't a fan of the "hidden magical world all around us" trope, my enjoyment in this world truly says something. The world, coupled with my eagerness to watch Nina grow more and more into the strong protagonist role I can see right over the horizon, and the perfectly set twist ending that has capped each issue leaves me so excited to get my hands on the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comicsverse - Sydney Cooper Jan 11, 2019

    Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel both step up their creative game in BLACKBIRD #4. Humphries and Bartel both create a story that connects with the reader and will give you all the feels. Overall, BLACKBIRD #4 is another step up and creates hope for an even greater adventure in BLACKBIRD #5. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jan 8, 2019

    Blackbird #4 releases the brakes on Sam Humphries slow burn, accelerating the story exponentially.With the veil finally lifted, Humphries' series is free to venture anywhere; I'm looking forward to wherever the story leads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Sophie Buijsen Jan 21, 2019

    In the first issue of Blackbird, Nina was a woman who is so broken by her past, and so lost in her obsessions that she hides away in drugs and alcohol as a coping strategy. By issue 4 she has grabbed life by the horns and is taking responsibility for her life. She is tired of being the victim of what happened to her and is deciding to demand the things she needs. And she is recognising the strength within her that has kept her afloat all of this time. I take my hat off to Sam Humphries who has managed to write this remarkable transformation in the space of only 4 issues, whilst also setting up a whole new universe and a whole new narrative. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 9, 2019

    And the more that the book embraces its magical mystery, the more I find myself vested in its narrative. It's a lot of visual flare, but the story is a good scaffold. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Jan 11, 2019

    In "Blackbird" #4, rock solid structure, outstanding characterization of the book's protagonist and consistently incredible artwork combine to deliver an issue worthy of the series' potential, perfectly setting up the climax of the first arc in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Mark Buckeldee Jan 9, 2019

    Blackbird #4 may have many familiar urban fantasy tropes but it's main character and her emotional journey help it to stand out. A great looking book with an intriguing world and an ending that makes you want more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 9, 2019

    The series may have missed an opportunity to do something truly original, but as pop urban fantasy Blackbird keeps it light, rolling into its fourth issue. Moments of clever originality between Nina and Sharpie continue to rest around the edges of a supernatural family drama that is beginning to pick up steam as relationships continue to get more and more complicated each month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jenna Anderson Jan 9, 2019

    The fantasy world of Blackbird still has a lot of new things to establish, something that is both a sort of blessing and a curse. Read Full Review

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