I’ve gotten so behind on my reviews! Bad me. I haven’t kept this blog as active as I intended to back when I promised myself I’d get back into blogging. But hey! Better late than never. I’m adding a bunch of reviews to my post schedule today, including this mini comic review for the first two volumes of Black Canary.
Black Canary was a bit of a frustrating reading experience for me. Do you ever have that feeling where you’re certain you’re going to like something, only to have it be underwhelming when you finally experience it? That’s how I felt about Black Canary.
Being somewhat familiar with Dinah Lance’s backstory from other properties (kickass vigilante with metahuman powers) I wanted to see how this newest version fared. Turns out, if I didn’t have that background knowledge, I would have been completely lost. I loved the idea of re-casting Dinah as a rock star. I thought that aspect of the plot worked. the artwork is visually striking and the supporting players were a lot of fun. But… I was so lost. Volume 1 set things up pretty solidly but everything got super convoluted in Volume 2. If I hadn’t read these back to back I would have been even more lost. It’s also really hard to tell a story about music in medium that’s entirely visual. If I hadn’t known about Dinah’s signature Canary Cry, I wouldn’t have had anything to go on.
But I do see why people have praised these comics. It was great to see Dinah on her own without the characters she’s usually associated with and like I said, the style of artwork was really cool. In the end, Black Canary was a case of “pretty good, but not my thing.” Both volumes earned a solid but ultimately “good but not great” 3 stars from me.