BLACKBIRD Mixes Dark Drama With Magic

Listen, I love teen dramas. It's just a fact of life. I always have, always will. So when Riverdale launched on The CW, taking Archie and the gang of yore and giving them a Lynchian-lite makeover, I was ecstatic. 

Now, take that excitement, and throw in some Harry Potter. Hear that? That's my brain exploding. I'm a sucker for both of these fandoms so as soon as I hear anything about a project that feels a little bit like both of them, well you can count me in 100%. 

Now let's just throw some fuel on that fire. Not only is the comic coming from Image, who is on an unrealistic hot streak right now, but it's also from the minds of Sam Humphries, whose work on Nightwing and Harley Quinn is nothing short of explosively fun, but also artist Jen Bartel, who has done some killer work on Thor. 

What I'm trying to say is that Blackbird looks like just the kind of horror adjacent comic I want, nay, need in my life. Check out the full release statement below as well as a few pages from the Image title, coming our way the first week of October.


PORTLAND, OR, 07/24/2018 — Co-creators Sam Humphries (Harley QuinnNightwing) and Jen Bartel (The Mighty ThorAmerica) team up for BLACKBIRD, an all-new modern fantasy series previously announced at Image Expo and launching this October. 

“We really wanted to create a story that felt fresh and different—something that appealed to experienced comic readers but was also extremely accessible to newcomers—and we really feel like BLACKBIRD encompasses that,” said Humphries. “It’s ultimately about a world of magic that exists just beneath the surface of everyday places and things, but it’s through the lens of a modern, sexy, neon-lit drama. It’s Harry Potter meets Riverdale.”

Everyone thinks Nina’s crazy, just because she’s convinced there’s a secret world ruled by ruthless cabals of magic users hiding in plain sight. What’s really crazy? She’s absolutely right. And when her sister is kidnapped by a mythical beast, Nina is the only one who can save her.

“I'm thrilled to finally be bringing BLACKBIRD to life,” said Bartel. “It’s a project Sam and I started working on back in 2016, and it evolved naturally out of conversations about what kinds of stories we’d like to see in comic shops. After all the anticipation from fans who have wanted interior art from me over the last two years, I’m excited to reveal everything I’ve been cooking up. I can’t wait for readers to meet the characters and world that we’ve built.” 

BLACKBIRD #1, Cover A by Bartel (Diamond code: AUG180013) and Cover B by Fiona Staples (Diamond code: AUG180014), will hit stores on Wednesday, October 3rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 10th.

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