Blackbird #5

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Jen Bartel Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
9.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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After taking out her anger on the Paragon cabals in a big way, there's nowhere in Los Angeles' four magical territories that Nina can hide. Good thing she's done hiding. It's time to throw down.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 13, 2019

    So, in case I haven't made it clear enough, this book was just the latest amazing chapter in an amazing series. If I could only recommend one book to you, this would be the one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Feb 13, 2019

    Blackbird might be nearing the end of its first arc, but it's doing so with the perfect blend of style, emotion, and genuinely shocking revelations. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Sydney Cooper Feb 13, 2019

    BLACKBIRD #5 shows Sam Humphries's powerful storytelling using emotion as the theme. Jen Bartel compliments Humphries's writing by illustrating the mood he sets for each scene. She also leaves room to express symbolism. Triona Farrell's coloring plays a part in symbolism as well while continuing to provide lustrous color. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 14, 2019

    Blackbird #5 is very dreamlike, but it hits upon some hard truths. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 13, 2019

    You are bombarded with eye candy and a carefully constructed narrative that makes you invested in what happens next. If the momentum can continue to carry to the final issue of the arc, Blackbird will demand a spot on your shelves very soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Chelsea Weaver Smith Feb 13, 2019

    Do you like cats, magic, and secret societies? Nina just got her letter from Hogwarts! Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Feb 12, 2019

    Blackbird #5 is a must-read issue that is difficult to put down. Sam Humphries writes an intensely satisfying conclusion to the series' first story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Feb 13, 2019

    Blackbird #5 is one of the more intense issues in this series, which is saying something. It's absolutely worth reading if for nothing else than to see the gorgeous artwork and dramatic reveals that occur within its pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Sophie Buijsen Feb 13, 2019

    As we get to see more of the world of paragons, so Jen Bartel's art gets the space to flourish in brilliant design. These pages are like a box of treats, with each panel beautiful and almost shiny.Some of the references in Blackbird go slightly over my head as a non-Hollywood, non-American reader, but none of that detracts from a stunning and fascinating series. I thoroughly recommend Blackbird. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Feb 13, 2019

    The big revelation at the end of the issue delivers quite an impact. In a way it feels as though the end of the fifth issue reaches a resolution on so much that it almost reaches its own kind of ending. Not everything is resolved, but the central mysteries set-up in the beginning of the series have all been revealed. Humphries and Bartel could take the series in an infinite array of different directions from here. It will remain to be seen if they can keep the satisfying balance that they had achieved in the first five issues. Read Full Review

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