Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel’s “Blackbird” flies into Image Comics this October
Take one part Riverdale, add another part Harry Potter, and you get Blackbird, an upcoming Image Comics series from Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel. The series follows Nina, a woman who believes that every aspect of reality is being controlled and manipulated by hidden groups of magic users. Naturally, she is absolutely correct.
This has been a long-gestating project between Humphries and Bartel, and they're finally able to bring it to light this fall. Check out the details below, including a first-look gallery with a Fiona Staples variant cover.
BLACKBIRD BRINGS NEON-DRENCHED MAGIC, MONSTERS, AND DEMONS TO THE CITY OF ANGELS
PORTLAND, OR, 07/24/2018 — Co-creators Sam Humphries (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and Jen Bartel (The Mighty Thor, America) 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 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on October 3.