Written by: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Illustrated by: Ian Bertram
Published by: Image Comics
Type: Miniseries (1 of 5)
Release Date: March 13th 2019
From the Publisher: Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD. With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and the drama and surrealism of Akira, LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.
Holy crap! I can’t recommend this book enough! It is off the hook! A complete no holds barred thrill ride with a strong concept and amazing artwork. The art and story are as bloody and ruthless as the war they depict.
Little Bird Is The Word
Darcy Van Poelgeest gives us a set of compelling characters on opposing sides of a ideologically dispute and just lets them go at each other’s throat. Though there is an obvious side to be cheering for (Canadian Rebellion duh!), you can’t help but be intrigued by the twisted views and sinister secrets that drive the United Nations of America. The Bishop is a menacing villain with human faults, aspirations, and weakness. One (short) minute you might feel sorry for him, then the next minute you want to punch him in his pompous face.
It’s good to have a solid three dimensional antagonist, but they must have a worthy protagonist to clash with. Cue Little Bird. She is a strong female character who is forced to abandon a normal childhood and fight the war she was born into. She fights for a cause she doesn’t totally understand, but she does it with total determination and a true warrior’s spirit. As she completes the mission her mom has given her, she discovers secrets about herself and her family tree that’ll truly test her resolve.
The art of Ian Bertram (Bowery Boys) is the perfect fit for this gritty sci-fi war torn world. His character designs are unique and bring personality to each character. Little Bird’s outfit is very cool. It works in aspects of her native american heritage, and gives us a instantly recognizable look. Bertram’s art is so detailed that it takes time to take everything in. This makes this the kind of book you want to take your time with and truly enjoy the talent put into it. Bertram also seems to have a knack for drawing blood and guts and the violent actions that make these things visible.
The Gory White North
If you like a book that will truly immerse you into its setting and characters, then this is your kind of book. There’s lots of content, but the story telling never feels stale or bogged down. Everything happens fast, but the plot never feels rushed or forced. The flow of this book is smooth and exhilarating. For those of you that are a little squeamish just be warn that the gore is not toned down in the slightest. War is bloody and this creative team has no problem proving that. Also add the bonus that a good chunk of this book takes place in Canada and you have no possible excuse to pass this one up. Issue 1 hits shelves March 13th. If you’re interested, then make sure to add it to your list. Free the North. Save the World.
P.S. I’ve actually had the chance to read the first 3 issues and I can tell you the twists and turns are never ending. I have no idea how things will end, but I have no doubt it’ll be an intense and blood covered conclusion.
P.P.S. In issue 3 the craziness comes even closer to home blood spattering the soil of the Alberta Badlands. Also the villains of the story set up a base in Edmonton, which makes perfect sense to me.