The story of the new Black Canary unfolds in Black Canary: Ignite. But first our heroine needs to survive Junior High school. But fighting her mother’s old nemesis might be easier than taking on the principal, Dr. Vogel.
Meg Cabot’s voice comes alive in a new DC novel for the younger reader. Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance is just trying to get through tests, friendship worries, cheerleading tryouts, convincing her father to let her join the GCPD Junior Police Academy (so she can become a police officer like him) and getting a place in the Battle of the Bands at her school. But the day she learns she “has her mothers voice” (which is cooler than seems but comes with its own issues) Dinah is thrown into secrets, super heroes and super villains.
It might help to have some knowledge of the DC Universe (I was mostly unaware of Black Canary, or the villains and heroes mentioned in this graphic novel), but you do not have to be a full member of the geek squad to enjoy it. This book will teach you as in the end, it is less about Black Canary the superhero, but Dinah trying to find her place in the world. Ages (strong) seven up (or more likely 8 to 12) can help fight crime on the dirty streets of Gotham.
Along with Cara McGee’s bright, busy illustrations, this is just a fun, girl-power, super-hero, coming of age story. This is an easy read, not likely to spark too much of a cult-following but will be a read for the kid looking for a quiet time read.