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Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.


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Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

30 review for Black Canary: Ignite

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    This was so flipping cute and it's got such strong girl power vibes. GR review to come, or read it early HERE. This was so flipping cute and it's got such strong girl power vibes. GR review to come, or read it early HERE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    "[Dad's] got to realize I'm not a little girl anymore. I want adventure! I want to make a difference. I'm not just an ordinary girl." -- Dinah 'Black Canary' Lance, ranting on page 21 A personal 'must read' merely because it stars my favorite DC super-heroine (although Batgirl also competes for that same ranking), Ignite is a bright and uniquely illustrated graphic novel aimed at the 'tween set per the Zoom imprint. Similar to a Stephen King character, this new adolescent version of Dinah Lance g "[Dad's] got to realize I'm not a little girl anymore. I want adventure! I want to make a difference. I'm not just an ordinary girl." -- Dinah 'Black Canary' Lance, ranting on page 21 A personal 'must read' merely because it stars my favorite DC super-heroine (although Batgirl also competes for that same ranking), Ignite is a bright and uniquely illustrated graphic novel aimed at the 'tween set per the Zoom imprint. Similar to a Stephen King character, this new adolescent version of Dinah Lance grapples with her burgeoning extraordinary power - a sonic scream, which can move or shatter objects - and assuming the Black Canary crime-fighting identity (which was previously held by her mother as a young adult) while also navigating the trials of middle school. Fortunately, she has two best friends, loving parents, and a few caring teachers who are there to lend a helping hand or sympathetic ear. Nothing too earth-shaking in this volume, but it was a pleasant little book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    rachael ♡

    BLACK CANARY: IGNITE is a really precious middle-grade comic about Dinah Lance in middle school. She is figuring out her powers and struggling with wanting to make a difference in the world but feeling so young and restricted. It's a great portrayal of who Dinah is at her core and the cast of characters are all charming and fun. I didn't know what to expect from Meg Cabot because even though I loved her Princess Diaries series as a preteen, I have no idea if her writing really holds up now. And BLACK CANARY: IGNITE is a really precious middle-grade comic about Dinah Lance in middle school. She is figuring out her powers and struggling with wanting to make a difference in the world but feeling so young and restricted. It's a great portrayal of who Dinah is at her core and the cast of characters are all charming and fun. I didn't know what to expect from Meg Cabot because even though I loved her Princess Diaries series as a preteen, I have no idea if her writing really holds up now. And I wasn't sure how her style of writing was going to transfer over to DC's world and the comic verse. But I think it was fresh and sweet! I would absolutely suggest it to anyone who loves DC's Black Canary and/or is looking for a cute comic to give to a youngling to enjoy. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    A fun, quick and easy middle grade read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    I received this thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. In this one, we get to see Dinah Lance as a teenager in school as she discovers that she has the canary cry while trying to find her place in the world. I am going to give this a honest review but my review is probably not the one this book deserves. I am not the target audience (an adult male in his forties) for this book. It is meant for pre I received this thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. In this one, we get to see Dinah Lance as a teenager in school as she discovers that she has the canary cry while trying to find her place in the world. I am going to give this a honest review but my review is probably not the one this book deserves. I am not the target audience (an adult male in his forties) for this book. It is meant for preteens instead of someone my age. I believe this really affected my rating. It is super cute and I can get behind the message of this book. But when I entered the giveaway I was expecting the Black Canary I know which is an established hero already in this universe. The message is strong with this book as every child can probably identify with it. This book portrays that you do belong in this world and you are not a freak. Also, even though parents can be strict they are just looking out for you. I did love the appearance of another superhero which was a welcome surprise. The artwork is cute too and matches the theme of this book. This is a nice book. Would I recommend it to my friends over beers? Probably not. Would I have a problem giving it to family members of the next generation. Absolutely not and that is what I am planning to do. Like I said I gave a honest review but probably not the fairest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Update: Here's my full review! https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot.... This is definitely one of my favorites that DC Zoom has put out. I loved the girl powerful and women empowerment that occurred and the artwork was marvelous. DC sent me this for review so I’ll be posting my review on here soon! Update: Here's my full review! https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot.... This is definitely one of my favorites that DC Zoom has put out. I loved the girl powerful and women empowerment that occurred and the artwork was marvelous. DC sent me this for review so I’ll be posting my review on here soon!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars In theory, I like the concept behind this middle grade backstory for Black Canary: a girl finding the power of her voice after being told she is too loud and pushing back against overprotective parents to make a difference in the world. In practice, Dinah comes off as kind of whiney and very impulsive to the detriment of everyone around her. To be fair, she's at an age where that isn't uncommon, but I would have liked to see her exhibit some growth in those areas through Actual Rating: 2.5 stars In theory, I like the concept behind this middle grade backstory for Black Canary: a girl finding the power of her voice after being told she is too loud and pushing back against overprotective parents to make a difference in the world. In practice, Dinah comes off as kind of whiney and very impulsive to the detriment of everyone around her. To be fair, she's at an age where that isn't uncommon, but I would have liked to see her exhibit some growth in those areas through the course of the story, and we really don't. It made me more annoyed than anything else, but I imagine this might appeal to some young teen girls struggling to gain more independence. I, unfortunately, wasn't really a fan. I did really like her mom as a character and would read a book about her! I received an advance review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!! Love this cover so much!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yursa Tahir

    Aww this was sweet and fun. Really enjoyed it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    The cover is pitch perfect for this Black Canary origin story. Dinah Lance is trying to get ready for the Battle of the Bands and finds that her voice seems to be out of control. Can she stay in Gotham and hone her skills or will she have to move to Florida to get away from her nemesis, Bonfire? Great match up of story and art panels. This will be a welcome addition to our JGraphic section! Thank you to DC Entertainment and NetGalley for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-la

    While I greatly enjoyed the feminist message Meg Cabot was imparting on young readers, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass does it so much better. Sorry DC Zoom, you're a little too middle grade for my tastes; I'll be sticking to DC Ink.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am slowly learning more and more about the DC Universe and the various characters in it. I had heard of Black Canary before, but didn't know much about her, so when I saw this being offered on NetGalley, I hit "request" and crossed my fingers! I am very thankful I was granted it and was able to expand my knowledge of this character. I like that there are graphic novels coming out that are geared towards middle readers and up, with strong female protagonists who aren't dressing in gravity-defyin I am slowly learning more and more about the DC Universe and the various characters in it. I had heard of Black Canary before, but didn't know much about her, so when I saw this being offered on NetGalley, I hit "request" and crossed my fingers! I am very thankful I was granted it and was able to expand my knowledge of this character. I like that there are graphic novels coming out that are geared towards middle readers and up, with strong female protagonists who aren't dressing in gravity-defying ways. This book had strong female friendship in it AND a happy family life with both parents. Usually the MC is an orphan or missing a parent, so it's nice to have both parents in the picture AND happy together. It was kind of weird to me that an adult bad guy was going after the child of her adult nemesis, but I guess bad guys don't care how old you are. That's what makes them bad. So it did make a dark sort of sense. All in all, I really enjoyed this and thought it was cute. I will definitely recommend it to customers in our store. 3.5 stars, rounded up for the female friendship, the happy family and the tasteful costume. My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Zoom for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Temi Panayotova

    Cute, but very boring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ✨ LADYCOMICBOOK ✨

    I LOVED this book so much! The art is so cute and expressive! The plot and dialogue is so fun! An excellent graphic novel to read if you're looking for a feel good story. As part of the DC Zoom line this is targeted for much younger audiences (Which is why I found this in the Children's books section in Target), but I think people of all ages can enjoy this book 🥰

  15. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    I want to start by saying, I'm really loving the trend of popular YA authors taking on well-known and -loved comic book characters for reboots, prequels and the like. I think they bring a freshness to the series', along with a honed talent (generally) for piecing a story together and layering it with richness and subtext, without a lot of the serious, self-congratulatory heavy-handedness that we sometimes see with reboots and "reexaminations." I -- never having been a gatekeeper of media that I l I want to start by saying, I'm really loving the trend of popular YA authors taking on well-known and -loved comic book characters for reboots, prequels and the like. I think they bring a freshness to the series', along with a honed talent (generally) for piecing a story together and layering it with richness and subtext, without a lot of the serious, self-congratulatory heavy-handedness that we sometimes see with reboots and "reexaminations." I -- never having been a gatekeeper of media that I love, but rather someone who actively wants to pull people in -- also think that having these authors (Kami Garcia, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle, et all) is a great way to attract a new young audience, who are discovering these masked heroes and vigilantes sometimes for the first time. And none (so far) is as likely to pull them in as Meg Cabot. Black Canary: Ignite, with its relatable storyline (even in the midst of superpowers) and bright, vibrant art & coloring — from Cara McGee and Caitlin Quirk, respectively — is very likely to win over that young audience. It has an ease and youthful appeal that is almost certain to hit the mark with its target audience. That said, I think it is a highly targeted audience. I may be in the minority on this (goodreads ratings for the book are remarkably high), but I think the story is likely to lose a bit of its shine the further a reader gets from the targeted demographic. Where younger readers will find it relatable and inviting, I think older readers may find it cloying and overly simplistic. It was a little too light on story (and impact), and a little too heavy on... handedness for my tastes, and while it was cute, it was equal-measures cheesy. It would have benefited from a slower buildup into Black Canary status, Big Bad Villain reveal, and the all-around getting-to-know-you phase of the characters and their motivations/interactions. A little too much was crammed in and rushed through to get us to the origin of this origin story. But the messaging is strong and the tone welcoming, and as I said, I think it will most certainly find its target audience. I just may be a bit too far off the bullseye for this one. Review copy provided by the publisher. Affiliate links used in this post.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A bit mild, clunky and generic, but this one line near the end as things became super ridiculous just made me laugh my head off for a very long time: (view spoiler)["You became a middle school teacher just to get revenge on my mother?" (hide spoiler)] Intentional or not, it made my day, so bonus star for you, Cabot. A bit mild, clunky and generic, but this one line near the end as things became super ridiculous just made me laugh my head off for a very long time: (view spoiler)["You became a middle school teacher just to get revenge on my mother?" (hide spoiler)] Intentional or not, it made my day, so bonus star for you, Cabot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    I loved this!!!! Told through the voice of Dinah, seemingly ordinary girl who likes to sing and rock a guitar in a girl band. Little does she know her mother has secret and its gonna flip her world upside down! Face-paced, middle school story that is SUPER all the way through!! #Netgalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Monique V

    I kinda dig the cover

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Having been forced to preorder this book at Book Con so that I could meet Meg Cabot (I know, I know, such a tough problem to have), I'd nearly forgotten it was coming five months later. When I was preordering all I heard was Black Canary and Meg Cabot while I thought Well I love both of those things individually so I need to see what happens when they're combined. It's like the ultimate superhero team-up, except it's a book, and an author. Is this comparison working? Anyway, because there are so Having been forced to preorder this book at Book Con so that I could meet Meg Cabot (I know, I know, such a tough problem to have), I'd nearly forgotten it was coming five months later. When I was preordering all I heard was Black Canary and Meg Cabot while I thought Well I love both of those things individually so I need to see what happens when they're combined. It's like the ultimate superhero team-up, except it's a book, and an author. Is this comparison working? Anyway, because there are so many YA novels about DC heroes coming out these days (and I oops haven't read any of them yet) I was anticipating a novelization. No one had told me it would be a graphic novel! At first I was a little disappointed, because I'd expected an actual book (I mean would it have killed me to google the book I'd purchased?) but one glance inside and the beautiful illustrations won me over. This book is just beautifully designed overall. Look at that cover! I love how this graphic novel is chapter book sized with a softer cover than most comic volumes are published with. The design is totally inviting. And cool. Like a friend you can hang out with who's definitely above your level but isn't completely unapproachable. Before diving in, I did know a little about Black Canary from a few comics I've read, but honestly you could pick up this novel knowing absolutely nothing. This is the perfect 'origin story' for Dinah Lance--struggling at school because things keep mysteriously breaking around her, the principal hates her, and her friends are acting weird. Plus, the Battle of the Bands is coming up (why did my school never do anything this cool) so Dinah needs to make sure she's ready to compete. It's a lot for a thirteen year-old to handle. This set-up was great; you get to see Dinah come into her own. Character growth! Done well, in just a few pages. The only thing that kept me from giving this graphic novel a full five stars is how predictable it was--I mean, it is a middle-grade novel for superheroes, but there was no real explanation for the villain's story or interesting tie-in that connects the villain with Dinah. I'm HOPING that we'll get more and that this is only the beginning, because it would be great to see that fleshed out a little more. Plus, I love the art. Plus, Dinah and her friends are pretty fun. This is a quick read that I loved very much! It felt like the perfect blend between a typical comic and writing for a middle-grade audience. The visuals are stunning, it made me laugh a few times, and I think you'll end up really enjoying the read. Sometimes it's nice to read something fun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I am really loving the middle grade graphic novels that are coming out of DC Zoom lately. Black Canary is the second one I've read, I've previously read Raven by Kami Garcia. I was really excited to get my hands on this one because it's by my favorite author! I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I think this one does a good job of giving you that middle school experience when you are trying to figure out who you are. It's e This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I am really loving the middle grade graphic novels that are coming out of DC Zoom lately. Black Canary is the second one I've read, I've previously read Raven by Kami Garcia. I was really excited to get my hands on this one because it's by my favorite author! I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I think this one does a good job of giving you that middle school experience when you are trying to figure out who you are. It's especially hard when you figure out you have a unique ability and your parents have been hiding something from you! I don't know a lot about Black Canary, so it was fun to read about her origin in this graphic novel. I did like the little easter eggs throughout the books, especially the "Green Arrow" band name on the battle of the bands list. That was cool! I liked the artwork in this one a lot. It was very vibrant and fun to look at. My only issue is a small one, but Det. Lance kind of looked too much like what I've seen Commissioner Gordon depicted in other medias. I don't think that was on purpose, but I couldn't stop thinking about it and getting really confused whenever he was in a panel. If you like DC Comics, or if you want to get into them and don't know where to start I would recommend this one. It's a fun and quick read! *I received a review copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    & She Reads

    I was given an ARC of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Black Canary : Ignite was another fun light read for this year. The story follows 13 year old Dinah Lance in middle school so fully expect this to be a childish like read. I loved the art style in this its very vibrant and will definitely catch the eye of middle grade readers. As an adult I obviously didn't enjoy it as much as a child would, I would still rate this a 3.5 mainly because its very -stereotypical middle sch I was given an ARC of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Black Canary : Ignite was another fun light read for this year. The story follows 13 year old Dinah Lance in middle school so fully expect this to be a childish like read. I loved the art style in this its very vibrant and will definitely catch the eye of middle grade readers. As an adult I obviously didn't enjoy it as much as a child would, I would still rate this a 3.5 mainly because its very -stereotypical middle school- meaning as I was reading it I kept thinking yeah middle school was not that cool. The characters are pretty well placed and well done - Dinah's friends, her parents, and the side characters plus the villain. I would like to see a crossover comic where they address the whole 'joker escaping' comments in the future I think that would be pretty cool to see it tying in to the other comics. I would recommend this to kid readers - or any adults trying to get their kids into comics. 3.5 / 5 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    Safer than the rest. Black Canary had a good start. Its definitely not as mature as some of the other Dc Zoom. At parts where I thought would be cliche, it actually surprised me... until the end. It had a good pace, it wasn't too over the top. The art was great, I really liked Dihah and her group of friends. But it seems like the team either ran out of time or just wasn't sure how to end it? Not that the ending wasnt good, but it seemed a little quick compared to the build up. I was expecting th Safer than the rest. Black Canary had a good start. Its definitely not as mature as some of the other Dc Zoom. At parts where I thought would be cliche, it actually surprised me... until the end. It had a good pace, it wasn't too over the top. The art was great, I really liked Dihah and her group of friends. But it seems like the team either ran out of time or just wasn't sure how to end it? Not that the ending wasnt good, but it seemed a little quick compared to the build up. I was expecting this big show down and it was over in a flash. The rest of the story is fun though! The reason she has her powers is pretty cool! The one complaint would be how fast it ended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madison Terwilliger ♥

    *Thanks to Amazon Vine for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review* This was actually the first graphic novel I have ever read! I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself into the world of graphic novels with a DC superheroes one. This novel was so cute and such a fun, quick read. The art is AMAZING. The style is so adorable and fun! I love the main character, Dinah. She's spunky, feisty, and independent. She knows exactly what she wants and I love that trait in ch *Thanks to Amazon Vine for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review* This was actually the first graphic novel I have ever read! I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself into the world of graphic novels with a DC superheroes one. This novel was so cute and such a fun, quick read. The art is AMAZING. The style is so adorable and fun! I love the main character, Dinah. She's spunky, feisty, and independent. She knows exactly what she wants and I love that trait in characters. For a kid's novel, this was awesome. I can't wait to see the other books!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    This was pretty awesome. Even I, who only have like no knowledge on this character (other than recognising her name), enjoyed this story immensely. I loved seeing how Dinah found out about her powers and how people tried to help her out. I do feel it was a bit odd that she started blocking her friends from telling what is going on. Come on, they know about your power, they know a lot of things, no need to cut them off. Yes, it is dangerous, but at least they know what is going on. Now someone ca This was pretty awesome. Even I, who only have like no knowledge on this character (other than recognising her name), enjoyed this story immensely. I loved seeing how Dinah found out about her powers and how people tried to help her out. I do feel it was a bit odd that she started blocking her friends from telling what is going on. Come on, they know about your power, they know a lot of things, no need to cut them off. Yes, it is dangerous, but at least they know what is going on. Now someone can still take advantage of them. Who Bonfire was.. oh man that was a nice reveal. Maybe I would have known if I had known these characters more, but now I was surprised (and very delighted, this explained so so much!). Art was quite pretty.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Ohi

    Such a fun read! 13-year-old Dinah Lance navigates challenges of finding her place in the world as she fronts her own rock band and comes to terms with her powers. I didn't know much about Black Canary up to now but after reading this wonderful reimagining, I'm dying to find out more about DC's Black Canary. Also loved the handling of all the relationships in this story, especially the mother-daughter dynamic. Wonderful illustrations, too...so vibrant and full of energy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I was gifted this from Penguin Random House! I loved this so much! It was a super cute read and I'm loving these new comics that DC are bringing out. This was my first DC Zoom read and I really enjoyed it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    Well, wasn't this just adorable? I really loved the vibrant art style used in this. This is a cute origin story that is perfect for younger readers. I really liked the female empowerment and the female friendships displayed in this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    I can't tell if I don't like this because it's middle grade or because it's Meg Cabot. Admittedly, I haven't liked her much since I was fourteen. The main issue here is that it's basically the very beginning of a story and not much else. There aren't any character arcs or real conflicts or anything.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brynne

    I’m not a big superheroes person, but I’ve loved Cara McGee’s art for years, so I had to check this out—and I’m glad I did! This was a lot of fun and wasn’t too heavy on the superhero stuff. If you’re looking for something really superhero-y, then this is probs not for you, but if you want a fun middle grade graphic novel where the MC being a superhero is only part of the story (an important part, but definitely not all of it), then this is definitely worth your time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara

    The art is very cute but the stuborness that seems to be in so many Meg Cabot's teenage characters also makes an appeareance here.

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