MINISERIES PREMIERE! 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.
"Little Bird" is set in an alternate reality where people are fighting over their freedom against a government controlled by religious zealots that are expanding their holy empire by forcefully invading countries and violently killing non-believers.
In that alternate reality, that looks in some ways a lot like the Spanish Inquisition, leaves Little Bird and her mother, the head of the resistance against the holy empire of the United States of America who is invading Canada in order to expand its questions ground.
Little Bird embarks her journey into a much larger world trying to find "The Axe". A legendary warrior that will help save the people, free the north and finally save the world.
The story might sound a bit confusing when you get into it but keep in mind that this is the first of story of the series and it is meant to create some questions that the creative team behind it will answer as the adventure progresses.
The first issue contains a whole lot of action and adventure and it manages to give a view from a number of interesting characters that will form the core of the series, the protagonists and antagonists of our story.
Bertram's is going above and beyond with the art it this first issue and in times it's worth just stopping and looking closely at those pages before you turn the page. Each page tells a different story, and even though the world seems like an alternate reality where the only difference is who holds the power and how that power is being used, the art is telling so much more.
A very familiar setting but yet so different at the same time. Super violent, macabre sci-fi infused with surrealism.