Review: Black Canary #1

black-canary-1-promo-121636Dinah 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!

Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine in Black Canary #1 courtesy of writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie Wu. Going into this first issue, I didn’t know what to expect. We know Dinah joined a band from her time in Batgirl (of which Fletcher is a writer), but can you make a series just from that? Fletcher proves you can, but it’s also fun to add in all kinds of fighting, aliens, a mystery, and a lot of humor.

The great is folks can pick up the first issue and need to know absolutely nothing. Dinah’s past is a mystery in this series, and whether you know it or not, it doesn’t matter, and both old an new readers will be able to go into it and enjoy it in different ways because of that. But, it’s that humor and action that will get people hooked. Black Canary #1 to me feels a little like Scott Pilgrim, but with a much more kick-ass lead singer.

Part of that Pilgrim vibe is the art which might be the one that most breaks from what I’d consider DC’s house-style that was prevalent during the New 52. Annie Wu’s art is very cool to check out matching a rock and roll vibe. It’s something I’d expect on a flyer advertising an underground rock concert. It’s very unique, and just cool to check out.

Black Canary seems to be another break from the DC mold, helping the publisher diversify their line and most importantly do that with fun, entertaining comics. When I was done reading the first issue I not only wanted to read the second, I also wanted to hear the album that’d been produced by the band within.

Story: Brenden Fletcher Art: Annie Wu
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review