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Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the re Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Collecting: Black Canary 1-7, Sneak Peek


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Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the re Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Collecting: Black Canary 1-7, Sneak Peek

30 review for Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I looked forward to Gotham Academy mainly because I’m a Becky Cloonan fan who enjoyed her By Chance or Providence comics and her more recent series, Southern Cross; but I didn’t care for the series when I read the first volume. I was curious about the new Batgirl title because Cameron Stewart’s a fine artist and a decent storyteller (see Sin Titulo); but it was dreadful. The common thing tying the two titles together? The co-writer on both, Brenden Fletcher. So I approached Black Canary with some I looked forward to Gotham Academy mainly because I’m a Becky Cloonan fan who enjoyed her By Chance or Providence comics and her more recent series, Southern Cross; but I didn’t care for the series when I read the first volume. I was curious about the new Batgirl title because Cameron Stewart’s a fine artist and a decent storyteller (see Sin Titulo); but it was dreadful. The common thing tying the two titles together? The co-writer on both, Brenden Fletcher. So I approached Black Canary with some wariness - was he the reason why those other books sucked? Seeing as he’s the only writer on this one, it would be the acid test. After reading this comic I can say most definitely OH HELL YES, Brenden Fletcher is the king of shite comics writing! Black Canary has an amazing art team with both Annie Wu (Hawkeye) and Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man) both drawing issues and the brilliant Lee Loughridge (Deadly Class) colouring; but Fletcher’s writing is so stupendously terrible, none of that matters - this was an utterly abysmal reading experience. The subtitle, Kicking and Screaming, describes what my brain was doing while I was enduring his Black Canary! The word naff was invented for this comic - Naff Canary! So Black Canary is in a punk band called Black Canary because she wants to raise money or some stupid thing and they’re known as “the most dangerous band in America” apparently. Are everyone’s eyes still in their heads or have they rolled out? There’s no plot, it’s just nonsense from there on out. Something about a sound alien and nobody’s favourite character Amanda Waller shows up, blah blah blah. I love comics but it’s not a medium that can do everything. One thing I’ve never seen it do well is convey music to the reader and music and sound are a huge part of this comic. Just watching Black Canary and the band posing and being told they’re playing amazing music continually underlines the limitations of comics in this area. And the faux music press write-ups were painful. “Burnside Tofu Exclusives” written by “Tantoo La Biche”. Christ, you can smell the PBR wafting off the page! What else... the supporting cast are a forgettable group of loathsome hipsters including a child called Ditto - yes, they have a fucking child in this band! Dinah decides to teach these morons to shoot and one of them instantly becomes a deadshot because shooting guns is easy right? There’s a retarded rivalry set up between another hipster singer in a clumsy attempt to create tension, which it doesn’t do. I suppose I should try to be a little objective - the art team deserve some praise here. Annie Wu and Pia Guerra produce fine work and I liked seeing Dinah fighting the sound alien where their battle scene was depicted to look like musical notes on song-paper. Loughridge’s colours are awesome too - definitely has that Deadly Class feel. This Black Canary really wants to be fun, inventive, and exciting like Scott Pilgrim and it’s the polar opposite. All Brenden Fletcher does is show how talented Bryan Lee O’Malley is and how clueless he is in comparison. Do yourselves a favour and avoid anything with this Fletcher guy’s name on the cover. Paste Magazine called this the “Best Comic of the Year”? Fucking hell Paste Magazine, I hope the payola was worth it! Clearly Black Canary is for some people – if you enjoyed Gotham Academy and the Batgirl of Burnside comics, this is more of the same – but all I know is I hated it and will never read another comic written by Brenden Fletcher again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Bullet Review I want SO BADLY to rate this higher but I can't. Girl band saves the universe from an incomprehensible Not-Thing. Cue girl clashes. I like Black Canary and all (and the art covers are awesome), but the entire time I read this I kept hearing the Jem and the Holograms theme song. Note to comic writers: this is a VISUAL medium not AUDIO. If you feature a band, some of your story will get "lost in translation". Bullet Review I want SO BADLY to rate this higher but I can't. Girl band saves the universe from an incomprehensible Not-Thing. Cue girl clashes. I like Black Canary and all (and the art covers are awesome), but the entire time I read this I kept hearing the Jem and the Holograms theme song. Note to comic writers: this is a VISUAL medium not AUDIO. If you feature a band, some of your story will get "lost in translation".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I've read Gotham Academy, Batgirl and now Black Canary and I've determined Brendan Fletcher is a crap writer. He really wants to write Scott Pilgrim or some other Oni book, which is fine, but these books are still supposed to be part of the DCU and they just don't fit. This book is really dumb. Black Canary is suddenly a rocker? Surrounded by a generic cast of hipsters and a kid. Because yeah, sure you can bring an 8-year old, non-verbal kid on tour. And then out of nowhere it turns out the kid I've read Gotham Academy, Batgirl and now Black Canary and I've determined Brendan Fletcher is a crap writer. He really wants to write Scott Pilgrim or some other Oni book, which is fine, but these books are still supposed to be part of the DCU and they just don't fit. This book is really dumb. Black Canary is suddenly a rocker? Surrounded by a generic cast of hipsters and a kid. Because yeah, sure you can bring an 8-year old, non-verbal kid on tour. And then out of nowhere it turns out the kid is made of pure sound! What? That is just asinine! No one's been able to make Black Canary work in the new 52. But you know what did work, Gail Simone's run on Birds of Prey. It ran for over 100 issues for a reason. Annie Wu's art belongs in a crummy indie book. Her art is awful. She couldn't draw an action scene to save herself. I couldn't tell what was even going on in the action scenes she drew. Pia Guerra's art was much better. She actually knows how to draw comics. While I love Lee Loughridge's colors on Deadly Class, they don't work at all in this book. His muted colors just add to the muddiness of the art and then I had to shield my eyes when the pages would change to day-glo colors. Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stabbing

    This graphic novel collects BLACK CANARY #1-7. Well, I didn't like the Black Canary reboot. Not the art and not the story. This ended up being a real chore to read, I kept putting it down from boredom. I did see a good many four and five star reviews, so somebody out there is into it, but god knows I can't figure out why. For some reason Dinah Lance has become the front woman for a band called Black Canary. She has replaced the original front woman called Bo Maeve who is now stalking the band. Th This graphic novel collects BLACK CANARY #1-7. Well, I didn't like the Black Canary reboot. Not the art and not the story. This ended up being a real chore to read, I kept putting it down from boredom. I did see a good many four and five star reviews, so somebody out there is into it, but god knows I can't figure out why. For some reason Dinah Lance has become the front woman for a band called Black Canary. She has replaced the original front woman called Bo Maeve who is now stalking the band. The side characters are for the most part her band members, none of which is particularly interesting, and her [ex?] husband. The band is also being followed by some sort of shadow monsters. Dinah's origin isn't really well explained but she is a highly trained fighter with ninja skills. They also seem to have taken away her metahuman status and she now apparently received her powers through some sort of experiment. I don't want to ruin the stupidity of that explanation by giving anymore details as it would pretty much give away the underlying plot of this volume. Extended Review with Pictures: https://stabbingstardust.wordpress.co... I received an advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley's read and review program.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Dinah Lance Drake is traveling on the road as a rock star. She uses her remarkable voice to belt out songs accompanied by the music of her band. Their band has a bad reputation for trashing venues and causing trouble. It's not their fault. It's the fact that someone wants their bass player bad. Because she has an incredible ability. Dinah aka DD is going to have to get back in the superhero business. I thought this was fun book. Pretty weird, but interesting ideas. I dearly loved the artwork. The Dinah Lance Drake is traveling on the road as a rock star. She uses her remarkable voice to belt out songs accompanied by the music of her band. Their band has a bad reputation for trashing venues and causing trouble. It's not their fault. It's the fact that someone wants their bass player bad. Because she has an incredible ability. Dinah aka DD is going to have to get back in the superhero business. I thought this was fun book. Pretty weird, but interesting ideas. I dearly loved the artwork. The line drawings were excellent and the colors were bright, almost neon. Dinah is dressed like a full on rockstar and I loved it. Nicely multicultural as well. This Dinah has no relationship with Green Arrow. Not sure if this is pre-Oliver Queen or what. While I like them as a couple, it was cool to see this show all about her and not her in the periphery of the Green Arrow. It's kind of different from what you get of Black Canary in the other books, but it's refreshingly different. And if you like rock stars, Rockstar Black Canary is not to be missed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.25 Man, so many people hated this one! I thought it was ok, kind of a nice style difference from everything else I've been reading. It might help that Black Canary isn't anywhere near my top favorite characters so I didn't mind the changes to her story. At least it was something different and slightly unique. 3.25 Man, so many people hated this one! I thought it was ok, kind of a nice style difference from everything else I've been reading. It might help that Black Canary isn't anywhere near my top favorite characters so I didn't mind the changes to her story. At least it was something different and slightly unique.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kay

    So, I knew in advance that this was going to be a bust for me personally. I appreciate the newer art style DC has appropriated for their "Young DC" stuff, although it isn't my cup of tea. That is the only reason I'm giving it two stars, as I think the "story" in this is a garbage fire of epic proportions. I also hate the Young DC update for Batgirl (except for her costume redesign) and think it's an abomination. But I figured I'd give this a chance, even though it's a spin-off from that series. So, I knew in advance that this was going to be a bust for me personally. I appreciate the newer art style DC has appropriated for their "Young DC" stuff, although it isn't my cup of tea. That is the only reason I'm giving it two stars, as I think the "story" in this is a garbage fire of epic proportions. I also hate the Young DC update for Batgirl (except for her costume redesign) and think it's an abomination. But I figured I'd give this a chance, even though it's a spin-off from that series. The way Dinah's character has been changed is disappointing & stupid. It's like the current Disney Channel black hole, where they seem to think that for a character to connect with a younger audience they must be a pop/reality/movie/TV star -- or an aspiring entertainer. They also must be substantially dumbed down. Not for me at all & I definitely wouldn't recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I'll start this by stating that my only experience with Black Canary is the version of the character we get on CW's Arrow universe. So going in there, this is definitely all new. But that's okay, as it's Volume 1, right? Pretty much. I did feel lost at times, as the story jumped around abruptly quite often. However, it came together fairly well by the end (except the very end, mind you) and made for a pretty enjoyable s I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I'll start this by stating that my only experience with Black Canary is the version of the character we get on CW's Arrow universe. So going in there, this is definitely all new. But that's okay, as it's Volume 1, right? Pretty much. I did feel lost at times, as the story jumped around abruptly quite often. However, it came together fairly well by the end (except the very end, mind you) and made for a pretty enjoyable story. I had to pretty much throw out that idea of Canary I had going in, but that's alright. I was intrigued by "DD", as we're introduced to Dinah. Turns out Black Canary is the band. So if we think Blondie Black Canary is a character, we'll have to remember that it's a group with Deborah Harry Dinah Lance as the lead singer. I really enjoyed the other band members too, and would like to read more just to get to know them a bit better. Lord Byron, Paloma, and Ditto were interesting. So was the manager, Heathcliff. I'd read more about these folks.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria Kramer

    When will writers learn that graphic novels about music are really damn hard to pull off? I think The Wicked and the Divine works because they don't spend a lot of time on the gods' "performing", and I'm not even certain what they do is really music. Whereas, this volume is all about concerts, gigs, band rivalries, etc. - it's hard to pull off with no ACTUAL MUSIC. I can see why the author wanted to get Dinah Lance into a band - thematically, it makes sense. But when she talks about fighting alo When will writers learn that graphic novels about music are really damn hard to pull off? I think The Wicked and the Divine works because they don't spend a lot of time on the gods' "performing", and I'm not even certain what they do is really music. Whereas, this volume is all about concerts, gigs, band rivalries, etc. - it's hard to pull off with no ACTUAL MUSIC. I can see why the author wanted to get Dinah Lance into a band - thematically, it makes sense. But when she talks about fighting alongside Wonder Woman...and now she's in a really low-profile band...like, how do you get there from here? And, for that matter, why? She doesn't convey a real love of music. If she's trying to hide from a shadowy past, why is she a performer? It just doesn't make sense. Still, giving this two stars for energetic artwork and good action sequences.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Crini

    This was GREAT. - A+ for girls kicking ass - the whole music/band thing was top-notch - villainous ladies for the win - the art style, including the coloring, is right up my alley AKA amazing Need. Volume 2. Now.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    As someone who has looked forward to Black Canary's appearances in the recent Rebirth titles like Justice League of America and Green Arrow (she stole the show in Vol. 2 - Island of Scars) I was hoping this edition would be just what I needed. Well, it was. And it wasn't. But because it's 'BC' in a starring role I can't completely bash it . . . The artwork starts out pretty rough but improves throughout the collection. The storyline (she fronts a hastily-assembled rookie rock band on tour; there's As someone who has looked forward to Black Canary's appearances in the recent Rebirth titles like Justice League of America and Green Arrow (she stole the show in Vol. 2 - Island of Scars) I was hoping this edition would be just what I needed. Well, it was. And it wasn't. But because it's 'BC' in a starring role I can't completely bash it . . . The artwork starts out pretty rough but improves throughout the collection. The storyline (she fronts a hastily-assembled rookie rock band on tour; there's something strange about one of the members; things happen) never really generated more than a mild interest. But it was the little things - like a 'battle of the bands' that really was about stage combat; postured B-movie dialogue like "Tune up, ladies. Let's make some noise" - that kept things humming along. I would read the second volume out of curiosity, but I'm not sure I'd recommend this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    A good concept fails without good execution. The idea of Black Canary leading a punk band is a good concept - it fits the character well. But the execution... I'll echo comments of it feeling like Scott Pilgrim, albeit a much more joyless version. And the music quickly becomes secondary to the team forming and the 'mystery' of Ditto, which, when revealed, gets a big eye roll (as does the entire climactic issue). There's some decent art work done here, and there are brief bright moments, but over A good concept fails without good execution. The idea of Black Canary leading a punk band is a good concept - it fits the character well. But the execution... I'll echo comments of it feeling like Scott Pilgrim, albeit a much more joyless version. And the music quickly becomes secondary to the team forming and the 'mystery' of Ditto, which, when revealed, gets a big eye roll (as does the entire climactic issue). There's some decent art work done here, and there are brief bright moments, but overall it was a discordant read, trying to play multiple melodies at once and never getting them to harmonize. Concept - good. Execution - poor.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Naima

    *shakes hand back and forth* This volume had a lot of promise and, while they did literally mash two different characters together (Dinah Lance and Dinah Drake), it was still a decent characterization for Dinah Lance. The issue lies in the fact that, while there's not much to complain about, there isn't much to praise either. At the very least, it definitely didn't push the characters of color to the backseat like Burnside (and Dinah isn't the ooc coined Mega Bitch™ she was in Burnside), but I f *shakes hand back and forth* This volume had a lot of promise and, while they did literally mash two different characters together (Dinah Lance and Dinah Drake), it was still a decent characterization for Dinah Lance. The issue lies in the fact that, while there's not much to complain about, there isn't much to praise either. At the very least, it definitely didn't push the characters of color to the backseat like Burnside (and Dinah isn't the ooc coined Mega Bitch™ she was in Burnside), but I feel like we never actually got any emotional investment in any character. The most detailed backstory goes to Maeve, who we spend hating for almost the entire volume because she's a Really Ambiguous Villain (I mean, c'mon guys, she did (view spoiler)[literally kidnap a child (hide spoiler)] ). The ending was really, really rushed, too, and I don't know if it was smart to go the 'alien invasion' route (not a spoiler- established in 1st/2nd issue) for the beginning of this title. And, a lot of the times, it didn't make a lot of sense- like Ditto (view spoiler)[disappearing with Kurt for decades and bringing him through the 'sound' or whatever (hide spoiler)] . Confusing. But the art was nice and the writing wasn't too bad, so I give it a 3/5 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hailee

    Honestly, I was expecting more from this. It seems like all of the stakes were thrown into the last issue instead of building from the first issue. The issues prior were more focused on the band aspect than the main problem they were supposed to be facing. All of a sudden we have a giant alien invading. What?? I'm also tired of Kurt and Dinah reuniting only to face some perilous circumstances that cause them to separate like two issues later. This happened in Birds of Prey and then again here. I Honestly, I was expecting more from this. It seems like all of the stakes were thrown into the last issue instead of building from the first issue. The issues prior were more focused on the band aspect than the main problem they were supposed to be facing. All of a sudden we have a giant alien invading. What?? I'm also tired of Kurt and Dinah reuniting only to face some perilous circumstances that cause them to separate like two issues later. This happened in Birds of Prey and then again here. I wasn't a fan of Maeve. Ditto was cute but I'm not super attached to her after seven issues. It was a meh beginning for Black Canary, which is disappointing because she's such a kickass character. I'll still read it purely for Dinah. Also, the artwork is GORGEOUS, especially in the last issue. It's lovely to look at.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-la

    ORIGINALLY POSTED: http://bibliomantics.com/2016/01/31/m... What if Black Canary used her vocal prowess to be the lead singer of a rock band? This is the exact premise of the new Black Canary series, which draws influences from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust days. While I didn't exactly fall in love with the plot, the premise, the artwork and the coloring definitely won me over. ORIGINALLY POSTED: http://bibliomantics.com/2016/01/31/m... What if Black Canary used her vocal prowess to be the lead singer of a rock band? This is the exact premise of the new Black Canary series, which draws influences from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust days. While I didn't exactly fall in love with the plot, the premise, the artwork and the coloring definitely won me over.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cat (cat-thecatlady)

    this has such a cool vibe! I loved the story and the art, both absolutely enjoyable and beautiful. although, I can't help but feel tired over the crazy amount of text in this book! maybe I'm not used to a most novelistic approach in a graphic novel but it definitely made a bit uncomfortable while reading full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2016/0... this has such a cool vibe! I loved the story and the art, both absolutely enjoyable and beautiful. although, I can't help but feel tired over the crazy amount of text in this book! maybe I'm not used to a most novelistic approach in a graphic novel but it definitely made a bit uncomfortable while reading full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2016/0...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I absolutely love the art style and colouring of this comic! It had an 80's punk vibe that was so fun with lots of hot pink, black, and lime. The story was great with a focus on the band and their shows but with lots of fighting too. I was not expecting the resolution with Maeve but it was everything I could hope for. This is my first introduction to this character and I feel like I've missed out on some backstory but it was enjoyable nonetheless! I absolutely love the art style and colouring of this comic! It had an 80's punk vibe that was so fun with lots of hot pink, black, and lime. The story was great with a focus on the band and their shows but with lots of fighting too. I was not expecting the resolution with Maeve but it was everything I could hope for. This is my first introduction to this character and I feel like I've missed out on some backstory but it was enjoyable nonetheless!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    I love everyone in this bar <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I'm torn on what rating I should give this. On one hand, I actually did enjoy this more than I expected to, especially the great art. On the other... it doesn't really feel like a Black Canary story? It's the same problem I had with Batgirl of Burnside; a good story with great art, but it's not a story I recognize as belonging to Batgirl. So, for now, a conflicted 3. I'll likely read the second volume. I'm torn on what rating I should give this. On one hand, I actually did enjoy this more than I expected to, especially the great art. On the other... it doesn't really feel like a Black Canary story? It's the same problem I had with Batgirl of Burnside; a good story with great art, but it's not a story I recognize as belonging to Batgirl. So, for now, a conflicted 3. I'll likely read the second volume.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ayre

    You know how comic books are all about writing and images coming together to create a unique method of storytelling by complementing and enhancing each other? Well, Black Canary is the first book in my (short) career of a comic book reader where writing is clearly inferior to the art. I find this fact extremely disappointing since Annie Wu’s style and amazing ability to propel the story without relying on weak dialogue is truly admirable (check out, for example, almost seven pages at the end, wh You know how comic books are all about writing and images coming together to create a unique method of storytelling by complementing and enhancing each other? Well, Black Canary is the first book in my (short) career of a comic book reader where writing is clearly inferior to the art. I find this fact extremely disappointing since Annie Wu’s style and amazing ability to propel the story without relying on weak dialogue is truly admirable (check out, for example, almost seven pages at the end, where the weird sonic alien consumed all sound and all the action is completely silent). Without it, this would be a two-star rating. The character design is also interesting. Dinah looks glorious and is only rivalled by the intriguing Bo Maeve. Some characters’ appearances, namely Lord Byron’s and Ditto’s, puzzled me until the latter parts of the story, because I wasn’t able to tell whether they were male or female. Pretty confusing, but I guess real life can be confusing as well. Turned out they were all women (including the bus driver!) It should be mentioned that there is a different artist taking over a couple of issues in the middle of the book, which I found slightly off-putting. It just seemed a bit too clean after the edginess and rawness of Annie Wu’s artwork. And now, for a less positive part of the review: the story. The premise seems to be very fascinating indeed: a superhero in a rock band – that’s double ass-kicking! And it is, but only when there are actual gigs or fights involved (again, credit to the artist). Other than that, the plot is quite shallow and very unbalanced. Several first issues are mainly spent with the band members exploring their relationships. This is of course not a bad thing, what with them learning to be a family, but the plot doesn’t really move forward here. Also, everyone keeps talking about everyone’s secret past and none of it is actually shown or explained. Only Bo receives a flashback at some point, and it really helps for figuring her out. Dinah’s story, however, remains rather vague, especially since I am not at all familiar with this character from other comics. Why did she decide to join the band in the first place, if she wasn’t into music in the first place? I wish Brenden Fletcher spent a bit more time working out that motivation. The actual plot kicks off when the child-guitarist of the band is assaulted by some gooey creatures, and up until the last issue we keep being told that she is somehow very important and has to be protected at all costs, even though nobody really knows why and from what. Instead of untangling the mystery gradually, the reveal (a very choppy one) together with the big final battle are put off until the last issue, where it is nearly impossible to follow the curvatures of the plot. We are presented with a very psychedelic page full of narration and disparate images, and suddenly time travel and interdimensional monsters are introduced, although previously everything pointed to shady government business being the problem. I have nothing against time travel and multiple dimensions (normally I am very fond of both), but here it felt like a local explosion of weirdness in an otherwise fairly level-headed story. Basically, up until the very end the reader has no idea what the heroes fight against, which makes it difficult to connect with them or their actions. But hey, the art is still spectacular.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Oof. This book is bad. One of the main themes seems to be the importance of music in our lives, that music is literally something to fight for and over, and then we have a main character who doesn't really care much about music. She basically signs up to be in a band because.. money, or something? If the main character can't even be bothered with the story, why should the reader be. Holy gobsmacking irony, Batman..! Oof. This book is bad. One of the main themes seems to be the importance of music in our lives, that music is literally something to fight for and over, and then we have a main character who doesn't really care much about music. She basically signs up to be in a band because.. money, or something? If the main character can't even be bothered with the story, why should the reader be. Holy gobsmacking irony, Batman..!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This had a fun premise, but it was all over the place execution-wise. I really wish there was as much effort put into the plot as there was into the fun facts about the band at the end. I will be picking up the next volume to see where this goes, but I can kind of see why Fletcher didn't have a long run here. The story is messy and moves too quickly for you to really get a feel for the characters. This had a fun premise, but it was all over the place execution-wise. I really wish there was as much effort put into the plot as there was into the fun facts about the band at the end. I will be picking up the next volume to see where this goes, but I can kind of see why Fletcher didn't have a long run here. The story is messy and moves too quickly for you to really get a feel for the characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sina

    I know it's DC and people in that universe deal with way weirder shit but Black Canary's label being like this weird child who doesn't speak is your new drummer and it's not an odd thing to any of the other band members until their concerts start being busted by aliens is very funny to me. I know it's DC and people in that universe deal with way weirder shit but Black Canary's label being like this weird child who doesn't speak is your new drummer and it's not an odd thing to any of the other band members until their concerts start being busted by aliens is very funny to me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    This is an interesting take of Black Canary. I got some strong Jem and the Holograms vibes and I loved the art, but I wont be moving forward with the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    It’s always a shame when a story leaves you largely indifferent to it, unfortunately, Black Canary was one such read for me. To be clear, I do not hate Black Canary Vol. 1 I did give it three stars after all, but I don’t really care one way or another about the characters. I will say I stopped reading D.C. comics a few years ago, simply because I felt like I was reading a ton of dialogue and set up but getting very little out of it. I’ve never read a comic so wordy and yet feel so empty as I hav It’s always a shame when a story leaves you largely indifferent to it, unfortunately, Black Canary was one such read for me. To be clear, I do not hate Black Canary Vol. 1 I did give it three stars after all, but I don’t really care one way or another about the characters. I will say I stopped reading D.C. comics a few years ago, simply because I felt like I was reading a ton of dialogue and set up but getting very little out of it. I’ve never read a comic so wordy and yet feel so empty as I have with D.C. It happens to be sure, but they kind of lead the pack for me. D.C. bias aside, and fully disclosed, on to the review. New 52 reset and reintroduced a lot of characters…and some of them underwent some changes became more young adult oriented which is both cool and kind of odd at the same time. Black Canary really feels like a YA comic book. It isn’t subtle about its energy and attitude, and it still maintains that dark D.C. atmosphere. Our leading lady is Dinah Lance, a kick-ass lead singer of the band Black Canary. In fact, she sort of takes that literally…and kicks ass while actively singing on stage. It’s kind of weird, a little fanfiction-y but also a little bit cool. Much of the book is centered around Dinah’s hidden past, her relationship with her bandmates and the mysterious Ditto who is definitely more than just an adorable bass player. I appreciate the rather odd storyline for this one, and while it is a little on the nose in terms of bad guy weaknesses and skill sets it was still kind of cool. The art is a pretty good fit for the story. It has this sort of rebellious messy look, with scratchy dark outlines. It fits the mood quite nicely. I’m not someone who actively enjoys comics where it feels like 10 piece puzzle. You see the whole picture and you pretty much know it’s all going to fit together, in the end, even if you misplace a piece for a few hours you still see the overall image even if you’re not quite sure what corner looks like. Canary moves at a nice clip and ends with everything pretty much where you expect it too. It’s a fun story but it doesn’t drive to me grab the second one (I did grab it, as I checked both of them out at the same time. It’s not boring by any means, but it just failed to pull me in and keep me there.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    Black Canary, Vol 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brendan Fletcher is the collection of the new reboot of the Black Canary series. Hot on the heels of the successful Batgirl reboot, Black Canary gets much of the same treatment but misses the mark that Batgirl seems to hit so effortlessly. Dinah Lance has had enough of being a superhero and enough of all the crime fighting problems that come with it. Instead she has found a new vocation and may have hung up her superhero persona forever. The Black Can Black Canary, Vol 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brendan Fletcher is the collection of the new reboot of the Black Canary series. Hot on the heels of the successful Batgirl reboot, Black Canary gets much of the same treatment but misses the mark that Batgirl seems to hit so effortlessly. Dinah Lance has had enough of being a superhero and enough of all the crime fighting problems that come with it. Instead she has found a new vocation and may have hung up her superhero persona forever. The Black Canary is no longer the soldier or vigilante she once one. Now Dinah is on the road as a lead signer in a punk rock band! Traveling with a group of misfits that should be decades younger than her, the Canary finds a way to fit in with her little group and soon adopts them as her new family. But trouble is never far behind and soon the Black Canary finds herself attacked by Government baddies and old boyfriends and some weird black ooze from the beyond. But is it really her that they are after or are there even deeper and darker secrets in the new members of her rock band? The Black Canary is one of those superheroes who never seemed to wear the mantle of the good guy too comfortably. You knew, given the right circumstances, she could go bad in an instant. She was always more Catwoman then Batgirl. So after the reboot of Batgirl to commercial and critical success, there was alot of hope out there that the new Black Canary would be something to really sing out about. After a brief preview of the new character in the Batgirl series, she set out on her own. And that is too bad. The artwork and storyline are subpar when compared to many other DC titles out there and you never really get the feeling that her new band members trust or even like Dinah. Its hard to tell really why she is even hanging out with them. This new punk/grudge attitude fits her well as does the return to a youthful Dinah, but it seems as if the investment into the character for DC ended there. The Black Canary is a staple of the DC and Batman universe and as such, comes with a lot of emotional baggage. Her past is something that could have been used to develop the character and unfortunately this early rendition of Dinah seems as if the past was left aside like a forgotten bag in a hotel room. Missed perhaps, but not useful. The Black Canary is a powerful and wonderful example of a strong and courageous woman. This current character is a shadow of her former self.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Silence

    You can find this and other reviews at: http://owlsandvowels.org I’m new to Black Canary as a character. She’s always been on my radar since I follow the Bat family closely, and I’ve cracked open a Suicide Squad or two, but I’ve never read one where she is the headliner. In truth, I often find it hard to connect with the female characters that DC cranks out (even though I’m a girl) and I largely overlooked her. A complete mistake on my part. D.D. (Dinah) has a true punk rock charm that I instantly You can find this and other reviews at: http://owlsandvowels.org I’m new to Black Canary as a character. She’s always been on my radar since I follow the Bat family closely, and I’ve cracked open a Suicide Squad or two, but I’ve never read one where she is the headliner. In truth, I often find it hard to connect with the female characters that DC cranks out (even though I’m a girl) and I largely overlooked her. A complete mistake on my part. D.D. (Dinah) has a true punk rock charm that I instantly dug and I feel this volume was a solid jumping off point for those new to the character. While Fletcher doesn’t give you every detail about how D.D. ended up with the band or what came before, he does give readers enough to keep with the storyline. The plot revolves around the band trying to figure out why all their gigs are riddled with hostile rival bands itching for a fight, all of which tie directly to their new lead singer. The other bandmates aren’t too enthusiastic about the drama that comes with her and when their youngest member, Ditto gets swept up in some conflict things come to a head. It’s not the deepest stuff, but it had enough substance to hold my attention. In all honesty it feels like a grownup version of Jem, but that isn’t meant as a criticism. As a child of the 80’s I grew up on punk rock, trippy cartoons, and Count Chocula. Stuff like this is my life force. The one minor drawback is that things sew up a little too neatly in the end, but I can live with it and there is still room for the series to grow. My favorite component of Black Canary, however, is the artwork. Annie Wu’s use of heavily saturated colors and bold line work goes a long way towards giving Black Canary the aesthetic quality it needs to keep its authenticity. The characters don’t read like it’s supposed to be some pretty princess rendition of superheroines, and Wu goes for grit rather than glam. As with her work in Hawkeye, she doesn’t draw waifs with boobs either. I respect Wu for that. These characters seem like they can actually take a punch but are believably feminine, which is a nice shift to see in comics. Overall, I’m pleased with this kick-off and I’ll be watching the series to see how it unfolds. *I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I actually started reading the Rebirth Batgirl and Birds of Prey before reading Black Canary. It was through Batgirl and Birds of Prey that I became more interested in reading the solo story for Black Canary. I really liked the use of colours and different textures in the art in order to tell the story. Black Canary's (Dinah) special abilities are in regards to sound and sound waves, therefore the use of colours and textures helped illustrate her superhero abilities. I also think the art style t I actually started reading the Rebirth Batgirl and Birds of Prey before reading Black Canary. It was through Batgirl and Birds of Prey that I became more interested in reading the solo story for Black Canary. I really liked the use of colours and different textures in the art in order to tell the story. Black Canary's (Dinah) special abilities are in regards to sound and sound waves, therefore the use of colours and textures helped illustrate her superhero abilities. I also think the art style they used matched that pop-punk rock vibe of the band and Dinah. It's best illustrated in the fashion of the characters, which I found were pretty cool (not that I know much about clothes or fashion lol). In terms of the story, it was an enjoyable read. Nothing too shocking, but they certainly did get me with the cliffhanger at the end of this volume (I think I'm just a sucker for those). Two members of a rock band get switched out, and no one seems to question it - assuming its just a decision on the label's part. While the band may question and challenge Dinah's past, it's the youngest member of the group who's past may be the most troubling. The group soon realizes the nightly brawls may not entirely be Dinah's fault. And it's from there that the characters start communicating with each other. I really appreciated was how this band of female characters grew and bonded with each other. Lord Byron is probably my favourite character out of the band, because she's the mediator between all members of the group. She basically keeps everyone cool when they're about to tear each other apart. There's a little bit of espionage and mystery mixed in with some cool pop-punk rock vibes in Black Canary. Dinah is one tough lady, but she's also got a soft heart and the determination to get through tough times. Fun and easy place to start if you're looking to get into the superhero comics.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chinook

    Not bad. Hard to reconcile with the portrayal of the Black Canary on Arrow, but maybe that will make more sense after the next volume.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Dinah Lance is settling into her new life, as the lead singer of her band Black Canary. They are quite the dangerous Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Dinah Lance is settling into her new life, as the lead singer of her band Black Canary. They are quite the dangerous band to listen to, with their concerts being frequently broken up over fights, most of them ended by Dinah herself. Her punk goth look is a hit, but she is not exactly a musician, and when the past comes knocking, she becomes suspicious of the events that led her to this band. The storyline is interesting, she and her new bandmates growing to love each other, being protective about the young Ditto they have on board. That character actually has a lot to do with the storyline, so I won't reveal any spoilers. Maeve was a fairly interesting character, but she has shades of gray, like Dinah. The artwork of this graphic novel is its key point, in my opinion, with its compelling style and flow of the story. In short, I would recommend it for even casual fans like me. Received a free galley from DC Entertainment, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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