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Black Canary: Ignite

(DC Zoom)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by DC Zoom
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Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell
This was so flipping cute and it's got such strong girl power vibes.

GR review to come, or read it early HERE.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
"[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
rachael ♡
Nov 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc

Jim C
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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 mea
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!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 ar
Jun 11, 2018 marked it as to-read

Love this cover so much!!
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hone
Monique V
Jun 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I kinda dig the cover
Nov 07, 2019 added it
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 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
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Madison Terwilliger ♥
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
*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
Rod Brown
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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) Intentional or not, it made my day, so bonus star for you, Cabot.
Lauren Paletta
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Kiki Z
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Good clean superhero fun!
This graphic novel features the coming of age story of the next generation of the Black Canary - except she's in middle school and doesn't yet know the power of her own voice (figuratively AND literally)! McGee's art is charming and should appeal to current comics lovers, as well as readers of Raina Telgemeier and the like who are newer to the DC universe. Cabot always has a good ear for relatable dialogue and I quickly grew to love Dinah Lance. I am hoping I get t
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the DC Zoom titles I've read to date, this has been my favorite by far. Possibly also the most relatable, as Dinah was a middle school kid trying to navigate living up to her parents' expectations, her friends' expectations and who she was.


To give a little more detail here - when I was younger Donna Troy was my go-to DC heroine of choice when it came to being able to relate to the characters. Dinah was, at best, a side character I knew about, but as I didn't read Gr
Jen Appell
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from DC Comics for review.

Honestly, I didn't have any real understanding of who Black Canary is, but when I found out Meg Cabot wrote Ignite, I knew I had to read it. Paired with Cara McGee's brilliant artwork, the story quickly won my heart.

Dinah Lance is an endearing punk rocking kid with the power of her voice. Her relationship with her parents (and her parents' relationship) is such a healthy and supportive representation that isn't often seen, espec
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
DC has a brand-new release for the younger audience, the vigilante this time is Black Canary in Black Canary: Ignite. This novel introduces the wonderful and powerful Dinah Lance. As we are in Gotham City once again, we follow an adorably inventive coming-of-age story about how Dinah came to be Black Canary. The story is by Meg Cabot, the illustrations are by Cara McGee. It is colored by Caitlin Quirk and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Dinah wants to win the battle of the bands and join the Gotham
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted, own-and-read
Black Canary: Ignite was a fun, fresh comic book about the one and only Dinah Lance. Whilst this book is definitely for a younger audience, I really enjoyed it!
Dinah was a fun and relatable main character, with all the typical struggles of a 13-year-old girl. She's got to think of a name for her band, argue with her dad about her future career, get the principle off her back and…fight evil? Dinah was fierce and fun, and ever so entertaining to read about. I really loved the mother-daughter rela
Erica (storybookend)
I remember reading Meg Cabot’s Mediator series when I was a teenager. Well, I don’t remember them, but I know I read them! Haha. Anyway, when I saw this graphic novel from Cabot, I just had to try it.

It was a quick, fun graphic read. Dinah just wants to be a regular girl. Play with her band, join the junior police academy. But when she discovers she has superpowers, and someone starts to get in her way, she has to learn to navigate this new part of her life, while trying to hang onto
A fun story with great art, a great heroine (or two...), good characters, and relationships.
I adored Dinah Lance as the Black Canary, her friends Kat & Vee, and how this book was refreshingly new with the DC superhero and storyline that some of us may have heard before and some of us (like me) are completely new to!
Although this was wrote for Middle Grade, it was still interesting and held my (adult) attention.!
I LOVE the art style so a huge shoutout to Cara Mcgee!
This is definitely one
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stellar illustrations match the vocal potential of the young Dinah, who seems to be getting into trouble at lot at school- every time she seems to get excited, defensive, or scared, her voice unleashes a sonic boom. Her best friends know something is up but can't explain it, the middle school principal won't get off her back, and her parents are acting strange. In the city of Gotham it wouldn't be too odd if it turned out that Dinah was gifted in more than the academic sense, right? In what is s ...more
Rox Syryus
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My very first mini comic. I am very pleased by this one so now I want to find out more and more!!!
Parker Jensen
This cover is amazing!!! All of these new DC Ink books look fantastic
Free Fallin’ Reader
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is pure fun! Meg Cabot brings all the quirky humor we love from 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 to 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘺. With strong girl power vibes, this story is sure to please girls of all ages. I hope there’s more to come!
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun

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