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Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! 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 Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! 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.


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Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! 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 Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! 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.

30 review for Black Canary: Ignite

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    This was so flipping cute and it's got such strong girl power vibes. GR review to come, or read it early HERE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    "[Dad's] got to realize I'm not a little girl anymore. I want adventure! I want to make a difference. I'm not just an ordinary girl." -- Dinah 'Black Canary' Lance, ranting on page 21 A personal 'must read' merely because it stars my favorite DC super-heroine (although Batgirl also competes for that same ranking), Ignite is a bright and uniquely illustrated graphic novel aimed at the 'tween set per the Zoom imprint. Similar to a Stephen King character, this new adolescent version of Dinah Lance "[Dad's] got to realize I'm not a little girl anymore. I want adventure! I want to make a difference. I'm not just an ordinary girl." -- Dinah 'Black Canary' Lance, ranting on page 21 A personal 'must read' merely because it stars my favorite DC super-heroine (although Batgirl also competes for that same ranking), Ignite is a bright and uniquely illustrated graphic novel aimed at the 'tween set per the Zoom imprint. Similar to a Stephen King character, this new adolescent version of Dinah Lance grapples with her burgeoning extraordinary power - a sonic scream, which can move or shatter objects - and assuming the Black Canary crime-fighting identity (which was previously held by her mother as a young adult) while also navigating the trials of middle school. Fortunately, she has two best friends, loving parents, and a few caring teachers who are there to lend a helping hand or sympathetic ear. Nothing too earth-shaking in this volume, but it was a pleasant little book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    A fun, quick and easy middle grade read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    I received this thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. In this one, we get to see Dinah Lance as a teenager in school as she discovers that she has the canary cry while trying to find her place in the world. I am going to give this a honest review but my review is probably not the one this book deserves. I am not the target audience (an adult male in his forties) for this book. It is meant for I received this thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. In this one, we get to see Dinah Lance as a teenager in school as she discovers that she has the canary cry while trying to find her place in the world. I am going to give this a honest review but my review is probably not the one this book deserves. I am not the target audience (an adult male in his forties) for this book. It is meant for preteens instead of someone my age. I believe this really affected my rating. It is super cute and I can get behind the message of this book. But when I entered the giveaway I was expecting the Black Canary I know which is an established hero already in this universe. The message is strong with this book as every child can probably identify with it. This book portrays that you do belong in this world and you are not a freak. Also, even though parents can be strict they are just looking out for you. I did love the appearance of another superhero which was a welcome surprise. The artwork is cute too and matches the theme of this book. This is a nice book. Would I recommend it to my friends over beers? Probably not. Would I have a problem giving it to family members of the next generation. Absolutely not and that is what I am planning to do. Like I said I gave a honest review but probably not the fairest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    rachael ♡

    LOOK AT MY WIFE DINAH LAUREL LANCE I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Update: Here's my full review! https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot.... This is definitely one of my favorites that DC Zoom has put out. I loved the girl powerful and women empowerment that occurred and the artwork was marvelous. DC sent me this for review so I’ll be posting my review on here soon!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars In theory, I like the concept behind this middle grade backstory for Black Canary: a girl finding the power of her voice after being told she is too loud and pushing back against overprotective parents to make a difference in the world. In practice, Dinah comes off as kind of whiney and very impulsive to the detriment of everyone around her. To be fair, she's at an age where that isn't uncommon, but I would have liked to see her exhibit some growth in those areas through Actual Rating: 2.5 stars In theory, I like the concept behind this middle grade backstory for Black Canary: a girl finding the power of her voice after being told she is too loud and pushing back against overprotective parents to make a difference in the world. In practice, Dinah comes off as kind of whiney and very impulsive to the detriment of everyone around her. To be fair, she's at an age where that isn't uncommon, but I would have liked to see her exhibit some growth in those areas through the course of the story, and we really don't. It made me more annoyed than anything else, but I imagine this might appeal to some young teen girls struggling to gain more independence. I, unfortunately, wasn't really a fan. I did really like her mom as a character and would read a book about her! I received an advance review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!! Love this cover so much!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am slowly learning more and more about the DC Universe and the various characters in it. I had heard of Black Canary before, but didn't know much about her, so when I saw this being offered on NetGalley, I hit "request" and crossed my fingers! I am very thankful I was granted it and was able to expand my knowledge of this character. I like that there are graphic novels coming out that are geared towards middle readers and up, with strong female protagonists who aren't dressing in I am slowly learning more and more about the DC Universe and the various characters in it. I had heard of Black Canary before, but didn't know much about her, so when I saw this being offered on NetGalley, I hit "request" and crossed my fingers! I am very thankful I was granted it and was able to expand my knowledge of this character. I like that there are graphic novels coming out that are geared towards middle readers and up, with strong female protagonists who aren't dressing in gravity-defying ways. This book had strong female friendship in it AND a happy family life with both parents. Usually the MC is an orphan or missing a parent, so it's nice to have both parents in the picture AND happy together. It was kind of weird to me that an adult bad guy was going after the child of her adult nemesis, but I guess bad guys don't care how old you are. That's what makes them bad. So it did make a dark sort of sense. All in all, I really enjoyed this and thought it was cute. I will definitely recommend it to customers in our store. 3.5 stars, rounded up for the female friendship, the happy family and the tasteful costume. My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Zoom for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    The cover is pitch perfect for this Black Canary origin story. Dinah Lance is trying to get ready for the Battle of the Bands and finds that her voice seems to be out of control. Can she stay in Gotham and hone her skills or will she have to move to Florida to get away from her nemesis, Bonfire? Great match up of story and art panels. This will be a welcome addition to our JGraphic section! Thank you to DC Entertainment and NetGalley for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monique V

    I kinda dig the cover

  12. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    I want to start by saying, I'm really loving the trend of popular YA authors taking on well-known and -loved comic book characters for reboots, prequels and the like. I think they bring a freshness to the series', along with a honed talent (generally) for piecing a story together and layering it with richness and subtext, without a lot of the serious, self-congratulatory heavy-handedness that we sometimes see with reboots and "reexaminations." I -- never having been a gatekeeper of media that I I want to start by saying, I'm really loving the trend of popular YA authors taking on well-known and -loved comic book characters for reboots, prequels and the like. I think they bring a freshness to the series', along with a honed talent (generally) for piecing a story together and layering it with richness and subtext, without a lot of the serious, self-congratulatory heavy-handedness that we sometimes see with reboots and "reexaminations." I -- never having been a gatekeeper of media that I love, but rather someone who actively wants to pull people in -- also think that having these authors (Kami Garcia, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle, et all) is a great way to attract a new young audience, who are discovering these masked heroes and vigilantes sometimes for the first time. And none (so far) is as likely to pull them in as Meg Cabot. Black Canary: Ignite, with its relatable storyline (even in the midst of superpowers) and bright, vibrant art & coloring — from Cara McGee and Caitlin Quirk, respectively — is very likely to win over that young audience. It has an ease and youthful appeal that is almost certain to hit the mark with its target audience. That said, I think it is a highly targeted audience. I may be in the minority on this (goodreads ratings for the book are remarkably high), but I think the story is likely to lose a bit of its shine the further a reader gets from the targeted demographic. Where younger readers will find it relatable and inviting, I think older readers may find it cloying and overly simplistic. It was a little too light on story (and impact), and a little too heavy on... handedness for my tastes, and while it was cute, it was equal-measures cheesy. It would have benefited from a slower buildup into Black Canary status, Big Bad Villain reveal, and the all-around getting-to-know-you phase of the characters and their motivations/interactions. A little too much was crammed in and rushed through to get us to the origin of this origin story. But the messaging is strong and the tone welcoming, and as I said, I think it will most certainly find its target audience. I just may be a bit too far off the bullseye for this one. Review copy provided by the publisher. Affiliate links used in this post.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Having been forced to preorder this book at Book Con so that I could meet Meg Cabot (I know, I know, such a tough problem to have), I'd nearly forgotten it was coming five months later. When I was preordering all I heard was Black Canary and Meg Cabot while I thought Well I love both of those things individually so I need to see what happens when they're combined. It's like the ultimate superhero team-up, except it's a book, and an author. Is this comparison working? Anyway, because there are so Having been forced to preorder this book at Book Con so that I could meet Meg Cabot (I know, I know, such a tough problem to have), I'd nearly forgotten it was coming five months later. When I was preordering all I heard was Black Canary and Meg Cabot while I thought Well I love both of those things individually so I need to see what happens when they're combined. It's like the ultimate superhero team-up, except it's a book, and an author. Is this comparison working? Anyway, because there are so many YA novels about DC heroes coming out these days (and I oops haven't read any of them yet) I was anticipating a novelization. No one had told me it would be a graphic novel! At first I was a little disappointed, because I'd expected an actual book (I mean would it have killed me to google the book I'd purchased?) but one glance inside and the beautiful illustrations won me over. This book is just beautifully designed overall. Look at that cover! I love how this graphic novel is chapter book sized with a softer cover than most comic volumes are published with. The design is totally inviting. And cool. Like a friend you can hang out with who's definitely above your level but isn't completely unapproachable. Before diving in, I did know a little about Black Canary from a few comics I've read, but honestly you could pick up this novel knowing absolutely nothing. This is the perfect 'origin story' for Dinah Lance--struggling at school because things keep mysteriously breaking around her, the principal hates her, and her friends are acting weird. Plus, the Battle of the Bands is coming up (why did my school never do anything this cool) so Dinah needs to make sure she's ready to compete. It's a lot for a thirteen year-old to handle. This set-up was great; you get to see Dinah come into her own. Character growth! Done well, in just a few pages. The only thing that kept me from giving this graphic novel a full five stars is how predictable it was--I mean, it is a middle-grade novel for superheroes, but there was no real explanation for the villain's story or interesting tie-in that connects the villain with Dinah. I'm HOPING that we'll get more and that this is only the beginning, because it would be great to see that fleshed out a little more. Plus, I love the art. Plus, Dinah and her friends are pretty fun. This is a quick read that I loved very much! It felt like the perfect blend between a typical comic and writing for a middle-grade audience. The visuals are stunning, it made me laugh a few times, and I think you'll end up really enjoying the read. Sometimes it's nice to read something fun!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I am really loving the middle grade graphic novels that are coming out of DC Zoom lately. Black Canary is the second one I've read, I've previously read Raven by Kami Garcia. I was really excited to get my hands on this one because it's by my favorite author! I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I think this one does a good job of giving you that middle school experience when you are trying to figure out who you are. It's This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I am really loving the middle grade graphic novels that are coming out of DC Zoom lately. Black Canary is the second one I've read, I've previously read Raven by Kami Garcia. I was really excited to get my hands on this one because it's by my favorite author! I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I think this one does a good job of giving you that middle school experience when you are trying to figure out who you are. It's especially hard when you figure out you have a unique ability and your parents have been hiding something from you! I don't know a lot about Black Canary, so it was fun to read about her origin in this graphic novel. I did like the little easter eggs throughout the books, especially the "Green Arrow" band name on the battle of the bands list. That was cool! I liked the artwork in this one a lot. It was very vibrant and fun to look at. My only issue is a small one, but Det. Lance kind of looked too much like what I've seen Commissioner Gordon depicted in other medias. I don't think that was on purpose, but I couldn't stop thinking about it and getting really confused whenever he was in a panel. If you like DC Comics, or if you want to get into them and don't know where to start I would recommend this one. It's a fun and quick read! *I received a review copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    Safer than the rest. Black Canary had a good start. Its definitely not as mature as some of the other Dc Zoom. At parts where I thought would be cliche, it actually surprised me... until the end. It had a good pace, it wasn't too over the top. The art was great, I really liked Dihah and her group of friends. But it seems like the team either ran out of time or just wasn't sure how to end it? Not that the ending wasnt good, but it seemed a little quick compared to the build up. I was expecting Safer than the rest. Black Canary had a good start. Its definitely not as mature as some of the other Dc Zoom. At parts where I thought would be cliche, it actually surprised me... until the end. It had a good pace, it wasn't too over the top. The art was great, I really liked Dihah and her group of friends. But it seems like the team either ran out of time or just wasn't sure how to end it? Not that the ending wasnt good, but it seemed a little quick compared to the build up. I was expecting this big show down and it was over in a flash. The rest of the story is fun though! The reason she has her powers is pretty cool! The one complaint would be how fast it ended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madison Terwilliger ♥

    *Thanks to Amazon Vine for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review* This was actually the first graphic novel I have ever read! I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself into the world of graphic novels with a DC superheroes one. This novel was so cute and such a fun, quick read. The art is AMAZING. The style is so adorable and fun! I love the main character, Dinah. She's spunky, feisty, and independent. She knows exactly what she wants and I love that trait in *Thanks to Amazon Vine for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review* This was actually the first graphic novel I have ever read! I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself into the world of graphic novels with a DC superheroes one. This novel was so cute and such a fun, quick read. The art is AMAZING. The style is so adorable and fun! I love the main character, Dinah. She's spunky, feisty, and independent. She knows exactly what she wants and I love that trait in characters. For a kid's novel, this was awesome. I can't wait to see the other books!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A bit mild, clunky and generic, but this one line near the end as things became super ridiculous just made me laugh my head off for a very long time: (view spoiler)["You became a middle school teacher just to get revenge on my mother?" (hide spoiler)] Intentional or not, it made my day, so bonus star for you, Cabot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    I loved this!!!! Told through the voice of Dinah, seemingly ordinary girl who likes to sing and rock a guitar in a girl band. Little does she know her mother has secret and its gonna flip her world upside down! Face-paced, middle school story that is SUPER all the way through!! #Netgalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I was gifted this from Penguin Random House! I loved this so much! It was a super cute read and I'm loving these new comics that DC are bringing out. This was my first DC Zoom read and I really enjoyed it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-la

    While I greatly enjoyed the feminist message Meg Cabot was imparting on young readers, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass does it so much better. Sorry DC Zoom, you're a little too middle grade for my tastes; I'll be sticking to DC Ink.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    I can't tell if I don't like this because it's middle grade or because it's Meg Cabot. Admittedly, I haven't liked her much since I was fourteen. The main issue here is that it's basically the very beginning of a story and not much else. There aren't any character arcs or real conflicts or anything.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara

    The art is very cute but the stuborness that seems to be in so many Meg Cabot's teenage characters also makes an appeareance here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Good clean superhero fun! This graphic novel features the coming of age story of the next generation of the Black Canary - except she's in middle school and doesn't yet know the power of her own voice (figuratively AND literally)! McGee's art is charming and should appeal to current comics lovers, as well as readers of Raina Telgemeier and the like who are newer to the DC universe. Cabot always has a good ear for relatable dialogue and I quickly grew to love Dinah Lance. I am hoping I get to see Good clean superhero fun! This graphic novel features the coming of age story of the next generation of the Black Canary - except she's in middle school and doesn't yet know the power of her own voice (figuratively AND literally)! McGee's art is charming and should appeal to current comics lovers, as well as readers of Raina Telgemeier and the like who are newer to the DC universe. Cabot always has a good ear for relatable dialogue and I quickly grew to love Dinah Lance. I am hoping I get to see future stories with her, as I think her character will be even more fun to see without the extra exposition origin stories require. This is a very accessible story for folks new to Black Canary, but DC fans should also enjoy the (kid-friendly!) action and adventure. 4 stars. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    Of the DC Zoom titles I've read to date, this has been my favorite by far. Possibly also the most relatable, as Dinah was a middle school kid trying to navigate living up to her parents' expectations, her friends' expectations and who she was. --- To give a little more detail here - when I was younger Donna Troy was my go-to DC heroine of choice when it came to being able to relate to the characters. Dinah was, at best, a side character I knew about, but as I didn't read Green Arrow or the Justice Of the DC Zoom titles I've read to date, this has been my favorite by far. Possibly also the most relatable, as Dinah was a middle school kid trying to navigate living up to her parents' expectations, her friends' expectations and who she was. --- To give a little more detail here - when I was younger Donna Troy was my go-to DC heroine of choice when it came to being able to relate to the characters. Dinah was, at best, a side character I knew about, but as I didn't read Green Arrow or the Justice League I really only had a basic idea of who she was. That worked to my advantage here as I had no preconceptions about the character (a problem that has plagued me while reading Teen Titans: Raven) and Cabot's Dinah was a rocking, mostly obedient (hey she's still a teenager) daughter who had a very certain view of her life. Win the band competition with the help of her friends, then get into the Junior Police Academy so she can follow in her father's footsteps. Getting superpowers was decidedly not on her list of things she wants. I enjoyed Dinah's relationship with her parents, but maybe a bit more that while her dad wanted a safer life for her (he deals with the dangers of being a cop every day and what parents wants their young daughter to go through that one day?), he understood and was proud of her want to help people. This book does a good job of not pigeon-holing anyone based on appearance (something that sadly happens so often in school). The "mysterious figure" is a bit easy to guess at, however this graphic novel is best when it plays to Cabot's strengths; the relationship she depicts between the band, the relationship Dinah has with her parents (and her parents have with each other) and the world at large that Dinah lives in (and wants to protect). Overall this is a good introduction to the Black Canary character as well as a stand alone without knowledge of the DC Universe as a whole.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen Appell

    I received an ARC from DC Comics for review. Honestly, I didn't have any real understanding of who Black Canary is, but when I found out Meg Cabot wrote Ignite, I knew I had to read it. Paired with Cara McGee's brilliant artwork, the story quickly won my heart. Dinah Lance is an endearing punk rocking kid with the power of her voice. Her relationship with her parents (and her parents' relationship) is such a healthy and supportive representation that isn't often seen, especially in comics where at I received an ARC from DC Comics for review. Honestly, I didn't have any real understanding of who Black Canary is, but when I found out Meg Cabot wrote Ignite, I knew I had to read it. Paired with Cara McGee's brilliant artwork, the story quickly won my heart. Dinah Lance is an endearing punk rocking kid with the power of her voice. Her relationship with her parents (and her parents' relationship) is such a healthy and supportive representation that isn't often seen, especially in comics where at least one of the parents is dead or out of the picture for some tragic reason. Her friends are fantastic and funny and real. I LOVED how Kat flips the script on the trope of punk vs cheerleader and is not only both, but is the captain of the team. Even background characters are represented well. The story takes place in Gotham City, but the middle school life is shown so well that the reader can easily identify with the characters. (I, too, tried to get out of P.E. with fake injuries.) The plot moves pretty quickly, which makes for a great binge read. While I found the villain to be a bit obvious, it did make for a pretty satisfy ending. Definitely check this one out when it's published this October. I'll be keeping an eye out for other DC Comics, such as Kami Garcia's Teen Titans: Raven.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shareca

    DC has a brand-new release for the younger audience, the vigilante this time is Black Canary in Black Canary: Ignite. This novel introduces the wonderful and powerful Dinah Lance. As we are in Gotham City once again, we follow an adorably inventive coming-of-age story about how Dinah came to be Black Canary. The story is by Meg Cabot, the illustrations are by Cara McGee. It is colored by Caitlin Quirk and lettered by Clayton Cowles. Dinah wants to win the battle of the bands and join the Gotham DC has a brand-new release for the younger audience, the vigilante this time is Black Canary in Black Canary: Ignite. This novel introduces the wonderful and powerful Dinah Lance. As we are in Gotham City once again, we follow an adorably inventive coming-of-age story about how Dinah came to be Black Canary. The story is by Meg Cabot, the illustrations are by Cara McGee. It is colored by Caitlin Quirk and lettered by Clayton Cowles. Dinah wants to win the battle of the bands and join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy. She wants to continue being friends with her two best pals and solve crimes like her dad. That's it. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. When a mysterious figure keeps threatening Dinah, her friends, family, and her goals, she only has one option: To learn more about herself, her mother, and the various struggles of adolescent life. Ignite is a story that requires the use of prose because Dinah is so young in this re-telling of her childhood. What I loved about this novel is that Dinah's voice was compelling. You could hear it just as Dinah would talk in this thirteen-year-old phase. It mirrors a lot of what Dinah does now in the DC Universe and I loved that homage. It showcases the band aspect and how in nearly every run Dinah is in a band or playing music because of her beautiful voice. Towards the end, it felt rushed; I didn't quite feel like it was fleshed out enough. The beginning of the novel had a very nice flow to it. Since the voice is already prose and written in a childlike format, this might be an aspect that doesn't appeal to adults reading it. I did enjoy the beginning of the novel, I thought towards the end it started to lose its focus. Nonetheless, I would use this simplistic plot as something that can open a lot of conversations with the age-group. Numerous things do happen in this story. The illustrations are something that is subjective to the reader. As I stated before in the narrative, this is a younger-audience novel, the illustrations reflect that. Throughout Ignite, the artwork is going to be lighter in tone as well as coloring and lettering. With that being said, it works for this story. While, I, an adult for all intents and purposes, it didn't work for me; I believe it would work for the intended demographic one-hundred-percent. I did enjoy how wholesome it was drawn and colored.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    Black Canary: Ignite was a fun, fresh comic book about the one and only Dinah Lance. Whilst this book is definitely for a younger audience, I really enjoyed it! Dinah was a fun and relatable main character, with all the typical struggles of a 13-year-old girl. She's got to think of a name for her band, argue with her dad about her future career, get the principle off her back and…fight evil? Dinah was fierce and fun, and ever so entertaining to read about. I really loved the mother-daughter Black Canary: Ignite was a fun, fresh comic book about the one and only Dinah Lance. Whilst this book is definitely for a younger audience, I really enjoyed it! Dinah was a fun and relatable main character, with all the typical struggles of a 13-year-old girl. She's got to think of a name for her band, argue with her dad about her future career, get the principle off her back and…fight evil? Dinah was fierce and fun, and ever so entertaining to read about. I really loved the mother-daughter relationship in this novel, it was heartwarming and pivotal to the plot. In fact, the whole family aspect was really honest and cute, as many superhero novels seem to thrive on dead/dysfunctional families. The dialogue between the characters was so genuine and entertaining, I honestly love how they all interact with each and even the minor characters have great personalities. The writing was witty and warm, a perfect match to the story. The plot combined the trials of ordinary middle-school life with the struggles of an emerging superhero who is determined to save the world in a delightful way. I loved seeing Dinah's ordinary life alongside her budding vigilante one, it definitely set the scene for future Black Canary novels. Of course, this was an origin story and aimed at younger readers, so the villain wasn't the most menacing, but she was the right amount of challenge for Dinah to come into her powers and prepare for bigger battles. The artwork was adorable, amazing and so well suited to the book! Cara McGee definitely brought this story to life in a beautiful burst of colour. Black Canary: Ignite was energetic and entertaining, the perfect introduction to Dinah Lance and an amazing graphic novel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

    I remember reading Meg Cabot’s Mediator series when I was a teenager. Well, I don’t remember them, but I know I read them! Haha. Anyway, when I saw this graphic novel from Cabot, I just had to try it. It was a quick, fun graphic read. Dinah just wants to be a regular girl. Play with her band, join the junior police academy. But when she discovers she has superpowers, and someone starts to get in her way, she has to learn to navigate this new part of her life, while trying to hang onto her old I remember reading Meg Cabot’s Mediator series when I was a teenager. Well, I don’t remember them, but I know I read them! Haha. Anyway, when I saw this graphic novel from Cabot, I just had to try it. It was a quick, fun graphic read. Dinah just wants to be a regular girl. Play with her band, join the junior police academy. But when she discovers she has superpowers, and someone starts to get in her way, she has to learn to navigate this new part of her life, while trying to hang onto her old life and friends. The art in the book was fantastic. The story was also pretty good. Really short, but I liked the quick pace of it, and I liked seeing Dinah grow into herself and discover what she can do. If you like graphic novels and superheroes, check this one out! Thank you to Netgalley and DC Zoom for an e-arc to review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Stellar illustrations match the vocal potential of the young Dinah, who seems to be getting into trouble at lot at school- every time she seems to get excited, defensive, or scared, her voice unleashes a sonic boom. Her best friends know something is up but can't explain it, the middle school principal won't get off her back, and her parents are acting strange. In the city of Gotham it wouldn't be too odd if it turned out that Dinah was gifted in more than the academic sense, right? In what is Stellar illustrations match the vocal potential of the young Dinah, who seems to be getting into trouble at lot at school- every time she seems to get excited, defensive, or scared, her voice unleashes a sonic boom. Her best friends know something is up but can't explain it, the middle school principal won't get off her back, and her parents are acting strange. In the city of Gotham it wouldn't be too odd if it turned out that Dinah was gifted in more than the academic sense, right? In what is sure to be (hopefully) just the first installment, we're introduced to the Black Canary and her powers, and the evil that presides over GC. Very fun, looking forward to more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars I love Meg Cabot so I knew that I wanted to read this graphic novel. I really enjoyed Black Canary. The illustrations were really nice. The story was really good and easy to follow. I really liked this book!

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