Harry Potter Meets Riverdale: Preview Blackbird #1 From Humphries, Bartel & Image

by Olly MacNamee

Co-creators Sam Humphries (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and Jen Bartel (The Mighty Thor, America) are teaming up for new comic book, Blackbird, an all-new modern fantasy series launching this October. I was blown away by Bartel’s artwork adorning last year’s Thought Bubble festival, and I’m equally enamoured by this cover too.

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.

Humphries has this to say about this new comic book series:

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. 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.

Bartel adds:

I’m thrilled to finally be bringing Blackbird to life. 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.

I, for one, am more than happy at the prospect of a whole comic book series full of Bartel sequential art. Look out for a review the minute it drops this October 3rd from image Comics, or even earlier! Take a look at some preview pages below! Amazing aren’t they?

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