Review of Black Canary: Ignite

Black Canary: Ignite

Written by Meg Cabot

Illustrated by Cara McGee

October 29, 2019

DC Zoom

Blurb: 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.

With expressive and energetic art by Cara McGee to match the trademark attitude and spunk of Meg Cabot’s characters and dialogue, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up without growing out of what makes us unique. It’s an inspirational song that encourages readers to find their own special voices to sing along with Black Canary!

Purchase from Amazon: Black Canary: Ignite

So this is a first for the microcosm: I’m reviewing a graphic novel! Of course, it’s a Meg Cabot graphic novel and I will read anything that Meg Cabot writes so . . . And, since I’ve never reviewed a graphic novel before, please excuse any floundering.

On the surface a graphic novel looks a lot like a comic book so I looked to see what the difference is between the two and found a great explanation at Knowledge Nuts:

Graphic novels are much longer and tend to be much more complex. While a comic book will tell a story over many issues, graphic novels more often have their storylines wrapped up in only one or two books.

In A Nutshell , Difference Between Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Meg Cabot’s Black Canary: Ignite comes in at 144 pages with a fun storyline taking place in Gotham City and with wonderful illustrations by Cara McGee.

Black Canary: Ignite starts with 13 year-old Dinah Lance discovering that she has super powers, not exactly the kind that she’d like but super powers nonetheless. She can blow things up with her voice.

When a criminal that her mother and father put away escapes from prison, bent on revenge, Dinah saves the day.

This graphic novel is filled with a touch of teenage angst, supportive and realistic best friends, and mean adversaries. It’s a fun start to what I presume is a new series. Dinah Lance definitely finds her voice!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



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