06/18/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Annie Wu & Lee Loughridge
With the exception of Convergence, it seems like DC Comics is finally starting to get everything together again. Quite a few exceptional new titles have appeared lately, and Black Canary might be their next hit. Dinah’s latest title is coming out of the panels of Batgirl, and maintains the same fun, youthful vibe of that series.
With Brenden Fletcher writing this, it shouldn’t be too surprising that this is another fun title, but I didn’t expect the series to be like this. The series focuses on Dinah and her rock band, and it makes this title feel like nothing else DC publishes. This is an approach that I haven’t seen taken with the character before, but it absolutely works. Fans of Spider-Gwen will find themselves right as home as they read this issue. While this is Black Canary’s series, it doesn’t absolutely focus on her either. There is a great supporting cast that offers a lot of different dynamics for the issue. Dinah herself is characterized well and this book offers a good look at her past and where she is now. Again, even though this is a different take on the character, it still feels like Black Canary at the end of the day. Between the rock concerts and interactions are a few fun battles that introduce the larger conflict of this arc.
Annie Wu’s pencils are perfect for this title. Everything about the art feels right, and has a fun style that makes the reader almost hear the music being playe din the panels. Wu uses a lot of jagged and rough lines that make every panel look great for both the concerts and battles. Lee Loughridge’s colors really bring out the art and set the atmosphere. Every scene has its own color palette and helps to sway emotions. Everything is full of style and makes this one of the most unique looking comics out there. It definitely doesn’t look like a superhero book and that’s a good thing. While you can definitely see Batgirl’s influence on the title, Black Canary stands on its own.
Black Canary #1 is unlike anything you’ve seen before in a superhero comic. It has a wild atmosphere, fun panels, and great art. It’s a new approach to the character and mostly succeeds at everything it sets out to do. Fans of Batgirl or Spider-Gwen will find themselves comfortable as they read this fun debut.
Story - 7.5
Characters - 8
Art - 9
Black Canary #1 is a unique and fun experience. Fans of Spider-Gwen and Batgirl should check it out.