Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.
When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.
Cabot’s entry into the graphic novel market with a story with this energy was quite good. It tells the story of Dinah Lance as she is coming into her superpowers – which was totally not in her plan! She has a battle of the bands to prepare for and a junior training program she is still arguing with her cop father about, so her getting her superpowers and having to keep them secret is putting a bit of a strain on her friendships. There’s also someone who is hating on her, and the identity wasn’t that hard to figure out but for a coming-into-powers arc, perhaps it is apt to have a simpler villain. Dinah’s character is so outgoing and vibrant, and the artwork reflects that and the tone of the story. At the end of the day, it is about having great family and friends who help you through complicated times. Also I loved the nod to the older Black Canary – it fit for the story and tied in so well to her family relationships. Overall, a good introduction to a new series!
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from DC Zoom, via Netgalley.
Released on October 29, 2019