The Black Canary, also known as Dinah Lance has been in DC Comics repertoire since 1947. Despite her popularity in the DC Universe, Black Canary was only ever solo-featured in 20 issues before 2015. Throughout the years, DC had tried and failed to create a stand-alone Black Canary series that would resonate well with their readers. As 2015 rolled in so did the Black Canary reboot with what DC thought would be the solo series that fans have always wanted.
The new series written by Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Gotham Academy) and drawn by Annie Wu (Hawkeye) follows Dinah Lance as she tries to put her superhero days behind her and restart her life as the lead singer of the band Black Canary. However things get complicated for Dinah and the band when unknown enemies target their mysterious/mute preteen guitarist named Ditto. Black Canary and her band must team together to protect Ditto and in the process, Dinah learns a lot about who she is as a person and as a hero.
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Writer Brenden Fletcher follows in his own footsteps with his work on Batgirl, and brings youthful flair to Black Canary that breathes new life to the character. Fletcher’s decision to step away from traditional crime fighting also gives this series a narrative that is unique in itself. Black Canary still kicks butt in this series, but Dinah also has to deal with the struggles that come with being the lead singer of an up and coming band.
The story in the first arc of the new Black Canary series is great, my favorite part being Annie Wu’s art, which is unlike any other work published in comics as of late. Wu’s art has a punk rock feel and makes it extremely easy for us to believe that Black Canary could be a rock star. I am also a huge fan of her choice of color palettes, which can be seen on every panel. Wu’s innovative art style has brought the series to a whole new level.
The first collected edition of this new run is entitled Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming, and it will be available March 8th. Fans of Black Canary and the newest reboot of Batgirl will surely love this new series and should preorder the collected edition now! If you can’t wait that long, the individual issues are also available in stores and online.