Arc Review | Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today is an Arc review post!, which I am very proud of since I am starting to actually try and read some Arc’s. I love comics, I love graphic novels, but guys this just wasn’t it for me. Let’s get into the post and see why.


Black Canary: Ignite

Title: Black Canary: Ignite

Author: Meg Cabot, Cara McGee (Illustrator)

Pages: 144

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Superhero Comic

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

*Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy of Black Canary: Ignite in exchange for an honest review*

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.

  • Black Canary story – This is a different superhero I have honestly never even heard of, and come to find out, the Black Canary has been around for a long time. I was glad I got to meet this villain for the first time in junior high school form I guess.
  • Rare Superpower – The superpower Black Canary has, which is like this screech call thing that breaks glass and a whole bunch of other stuff, is pretty cool and also not really popular in books/movies dealing with superheros, so I liked that a lot.
  • The artwork
  • Dinah was so whiny– One of my biggest problems with this book was the fact that Dinah was just so… annoying. It got to the point where I just couldn’t stand her in the end. She was way over the top emotional, complained about having a freaking superpower!, and was too much for me. I get it, it’s supposed to go for a middle grade audience, but should we really be teaching kids it’s okay to basically complain about everything and anything? No.
  • Story was boring – There was nothing really going on in this story. We get the smallest littlest bit of the ‘Black Canary’ origin story, and then we just know how to fight crime now and defeat a villain and it’s just all fun and games with the very predictable ‘I can’t be with my friends so now my friends are mad at me’ stunt.
  • The ‘joker’– The joker is mentioned like 3 times in this book, and so is Bruce Wayne’s manor, and that’s really the only connection to Gotham City that there is. I thought the lines about the Joker were cheesy and was just used to give the book a little bit more umph.
  • Middle Grade book – I think this was kind of my fault, I honestly thought this book was going to be a YA Comic… BUT I was wrong lmao. I think it makes more sense now when I realized at the end she’s only in middle school, but it definitely threw me off because literally the whole time I was like ‘what the hell, this girl is really a teenager in high school?? She’s acting like a baby!”…. Makes sense now guys.

⭐⭐/5

I feel like if you are the intended audience (Middle Grade), then possibly you might enjoy this. Other than that? I don’t really think so.


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