DC Comics is launching DC Zoom, a line of graphic novels for middle grade readers, with Black Canary: Ignite! I really love this idea of turning our favorite superheroes into junior high students, so I was really excited for this one!
Title: Black Canary: Ignite
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: DC Zoom
Release Date: October 29
Genres: MG Contemporary, Action
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Dinah Lance is (not just) an ordinary girl who wants to win the battle of the bands and join the GCPD junior squad. But weird things start happening around her—glass keeps breaking around her, and a strange woman shows up asking for Black Canary.
This short graphic novel is fast-paced and fun. The transitions between chapters are easy to follow, and the ending is very satisfying.
I loved seeing Dinah as a junior high student! She has so much to think about—whether she wants to join the cheer team or chorus, how to convince her dad to let her be a junior cop, and how to be a good friend. When she discovers her Canary Cry, things get more complicated. Suddenly she has to hide her new powers from her friends, and a lot of other things go wrong. I loved seeing her grow, loved seeing her handle all of the challenges. She’s a very strong heroine, one that I think a lot of kids can look up to.
Both of Dinah’s parents are present in this story! That, and they’re so aware of what Dinah is going through. Dinah has some issues with her dad, but their love for each other shines through.
I also loved Dinah’s friends Vee and Kat. They’re so supportive of her, and they have their own personalities that compliments Dinah’s.
The art in this book is so much fun! The colors are bold and bright with sharp edges. For those familiar with the DC Ink line, which includes a very monochromatic palette with one accent color (which I like a lot!), this is the exact opposite.
The style of art feels very much like manga at times (big, excited heart eyes, lots of expressions) and it really helped bring out the humor in the book. The character’s styles are also so unique, but simple. It would be so easy to get a Black Canary costume together 😉
This book was such a fun ride! I enjoyed every minute of it, and I really hope Cabot and McGee collaborate again on future Black Canary volumes!