Graphic Novel Review: Black Canary Ignite

Black Canary by Meg Cabot
Black Canary: Ignite
by Meg Cabot (Author)Cara McGee (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Dinah has goals: sing and play guitar with her two best friends and win her school’s Battle of the Bands, join the Junior Police Academy and learn to solve crimes, and basically save the world. When things start to mysteriously crack and break whenever Dinah is around, her friends think she must be telekinetic, but Dinah doesn’t feel like she has superpowers. As she struggles to understand what is happening, Dinah turns to her parents, a florist and a cop, to make sense of her heritage and decide her future.

I LOVED this graphic novel!!! Everything about this book is amazing! The artwork, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the action; it all comes together so perfectly to grab the reader’s attention and tell an engaging story.
Dinah is a brilliant character, and I loved her depth and development. She has such strong relationships with her friends and her parents, and those relationships are tested to the limit through the story, but she never wavers. I love her loyalty and tenacity, plus she’s just a cool person, who is kind and compassionate. She is not afraid to speak up for herself, but she also has a bit of a quick temper. However, she always feels sorry for losing her temper and apologizes later. This aspect of her personality made her feel real to me.

The artwork is absolutely gorgeous! I was floored by all the stunning colors, and I loved how the panels flow smoothly to clearly show the action. The expressions on the faces of the characters really display the emotional tension, and adds a whole other level to the story.

The plot has some of your typical superhero elements, but with added twists and variations that make the story fresh. The dialogue has a lot of energy, and keeps the story pushing forward.

The best thing about this book is Dinah’s close relationship with her mother, and how she discovers her own identity through knowing her mother better. That family bond is something that can never be broken, and it adds such a special aspect to the story. I really enjoyed the scenes with Dinah and her mother.

I literally can’t find anything to criticize in this book. It’s everything I wanted from a superhero graphic novel, and I am known for being picky about my superhero stories. I can be hard to please sometimes, but this book really delivered!

Can’t wait to see more books about the Black Canary!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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