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Black Canary #1

Writer: Brenden Fletcher Artist: Annie Wu Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 35
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stagebut shes quickly learning shed die to protect the gang of misfits shes fallen into. And she just might have to for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for troubleand Dinahs not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock n roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jun 20, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is now officially my go-to comic for that monthly shot of adrenaline. If you're looking for a read that's a little more dangerous, pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Robert Reed Jun 18, 2015

    With a solid premise, a great script, and beautifully fitting artwork,Black Canary#1 is a fantastic debut that shows how diverse stories in the superhero genre can be. Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu, Lee Loughridge, and Steve Wands are a creative team with all the synergy of a four-man band and it shows in the book's quality. Dinah Drake is back with attitude, andBlack Canary#1 is the debut that both long-time fans and new readers have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 17, 2015

    A brilliant new start for a heroine whose spent a good part of her career in the shadows, Black Canary #1 gives us our venue to cheer loudly, flick our lighters, and hope we dont get kicked in the face by the end of the issue. A book that stands out among everything that DC or Marvel are publishing today, Black Canary is a wonderful addition to the ever-growing diverse look of super-hero comics, and an inaugural piece in what could easily become a genre all its own: the punk rock music book with its side of kickass action. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Jun 18, 2015

    Dinah kicks serious ass, both on the stage and off it, sometimes even both. This is a comic you shouldn't miss the idea of Dinah as a lead singer instead of a florist is one that nobody would of seen coming. But it is brilliant. If you can pick it up, you should. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 19, 2015

    We feel the same sense of abandon and invigoration reading "Black Canary" #1 as Dinah does when she's dancing ecstatically on stage. This is a book that inspires every sense (except maybe smell if you're reading it digitally) and demands you add a soundtrack for every scene. It's a pretty spectacular occurrence when a book about a band actually personifies music through its execution. Fletcher has written one of the best first issues of the year and brings along Wu and Loughridge to transform his story into something rich and alive. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 17, 2015

    Leave your preconceived notions at the door, pay the cover charge and rock and roll.  This book is a winner and I hope that everyone gives it a shot because it looks to be the beginning of something special.  Brenden Fletcher takes Dinah into new territory, but doesn't forget her past.  That combined with Annie Wu's awesome art makes it easy to recommend this book to everyone out there.  Jump on now so you can brag that you were there at the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    A punk-rock spin on Dazzler, but with edge. Put aside any prejudices or cynicism you may have about this reinvention. It's a punk (re)vision that is completely in the spirit of the character, with the right balance of ass-kickery and hooks to lure in new audiences. Put this one on your reading list immediately. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 17, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is a great start to a new series with a strong opening, a fun main character, solid writing, and great looking artwork. This is a real good outing and I can't wait to see more from this comic in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 17, 2015

    Brenden Fletcher adapts the youthful re-stylings originally used for the Batgirl relaunch to Black Canary. He rocket-launches the plot to create a highly energetic yet personal story that plays into Canary's past in some satisfyingly personal ways. Fletcher also ties Canary to an unexpected plot that is certainly surprising, though some may find it to be a bit out of place. Annie Wu creates the perfect visual style that compliments Fletcher's story perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kelly Richards Jun 17, 2015

    Described by Fletcher as a kung-fu, rock 'n roll road trip, Black Canary #1 proves itself to be all of that and more. A fun first installment and a sound addition to the "DC You" catalogue of teen friendly books, Black Canary is the solo title that Dinah Lance deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 18, 2015

    Annie Wu's artwork feels like nothing else at DC right now. It's got a personality all its own, and seems perfectly suited for Dinah and her fighting style. Choking demons with a microphone cord shouldn't work, but Wu makes it look natural in Dinah's hands. Wu keeps the focus on Dinah in the fight, which means there is a distinct lack of backgrounds. Wu adds just enough detail to make it easy to figure out where everyone is in relation to each other, and where Dinah is on stage. Using white backgrounds is always hit or miss with me, but I loved the way Wu used them. Sparsely Lee Loughridge's colors use an interesting pallet, but never verges into a schtick. The flash colors look great when Dinah is kicking ass on stage, but the way Loughridge turns the colors down in intimate scenes impressed me. It gives the issue a cohesive feeling that I couldn't stop looking at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shane Tydeman Jul 5, 2015

    Although it is a serious read, it is well balanced with humour. Reminds me of Jem and Josie and the Pussy Cats but with action. I strongly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 18, 2015

    Black Canary seems to be another break from the DC mold, helping the publisher diversify their line and most importantly do that with fun, entertaining comics. When I was done reading the first issue I not only wanted to read the second, I also wanted to hear the album that'd been produced by the band within. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 17, 2015

    Buy this issue! Run out to your local comic shop and pick up a copy of Black Canary #1! Unique and off-beattitles like Black Canary deserve strong fan support. It is so refreshing to get a title that presents the super hero genre in a different fashion than the 1990's Image style that DC's New 52 titles have consistently been giving readers over the past several years. Black Canary #1 is a fun issue. And fun is good. Support fun. We need more of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Brian Delpozo Jun 18, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is a very intriguing start to a new series. Its musical setting and lack of almost any super hero tropes immediately differentiate it from almost anything else at the mainstream comic companies. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jun 18, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is unlike anything you've seen before in a superhero comic. It has a wild atmosphere, fun panels, and great art. It's a new approach to the character and mostly succeeds at everything it sets out to do. Fans of Batgirl or Spider-Gwen will find themselves comfortable as they read this fun debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 17, 2015

    "Black Canary" #1 is fun, through and through. It's a distinctly different tactic for a superhero comic, and its melding of genres and styles makes me think of some of the more offbeat manga published over the years, where the creators have had the freedom to mix and match ideas and concepts. Fletcher, Wu and Loughridge have quite possibly done what I thought impossible: they've created a "Black Canary" comic which has the potential to stick around for a long time to come. This comic has a hugely wide appeal and, if there's any justice, it'll find the big audience it deserves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 17, 2015

    An interesting premise, with a well-drawn cast and lovely art. Could be the start of something big… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 17, 2015

    BLACK CANARY is not your typical DC Comics book. That's a good thing. We're starting to see more variety in the books being published. While Dinah's new profession as a rock singer may seem odd to longtime readers, it's creating a new situation that is worth checking out to see where it goes. Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu, and Lee Loughridge are truly pouring in the indie rock feel into the comic. Aside from the stage performances there is plenty of action, suspense, and heart seeping between the pages. I'm curious to see what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 20, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is a great first issue, by far the best of the DC You launches I've read so far. The tone is strong and unified through both writing and artwork and it's all supplemented by some fantastically well-thought out character work. Every reasonable concern I had about this series has been quieted, if not explicitly answered. Though the series isn't an absolute must-read the way books like Saga or Hawkeye have been, it seems destined to claw its way to the top of more than one pull list. If Black Canary represents the direction that DC will take in their handling of classic characters, I think DC You will be remembered fondly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 20, 2015

    There's a solid team in place behind Black Canary, and I hope they can really keep this series rocking " though personally, I kind of want to see some more band-related stuff instead of superhero fights. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Aug 19, 2015

    About the visuals. Well, I like the logo a lot. Its original. I get that DC Comics is trying to market this comic to a female audience. I just dont like how Annie Wu draws Black Canarys face. It seems angry and she looks like a cheap trailer trash girl on drugs. This is not how I imagine Black Canary. She is not sexy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Jun 18, 2015

    This final aspect may, however, allow Black Canary to develop into a stronger solo character. If any creative team can do that, it will be Fletcher and Wu. They've already shown what a captivating character Dinah can be throughout this issue. They just need to keep developing the story forward and deal with the past less. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jun 22, 2015

    Dont expect any standard superhero first issue here, with Black Canary #1 having a more personal take on the character that the creative team are handling in an entirely new light. Its safe to say you wont have seen this take on Dinah before, and that allows for a much-needed fresh, energetic approach. However, that said, Fletcher doesnt shy away from her past, and it will be interesting to see how this is developed in future issues. With luck, this book will stick around for a while, because theres so much potential here for it to become one of DC's best new series of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 18, 2015

    All in all, if you enjoyed Fletcher's take on Batgirl, you'll be in your element here. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jun 18, 2015

    I really liked this comic. It was enjoyable to see a comic about a band with a superhero, an interesting mashup. It also has great character moments with Dinah, and the supporting cast is very distinguished, and likable from the get-go. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 17, 2015

    “Black Canary” has a lot of room, narratively, to grow. This issue presents Black Canary in a brand new way and it'll be easy for longtime fans to dismiss the entire thing. Don't do that. This is new but it's not truly bad and deserves the chance to grow and become a memorable chapter in the history of Black Canary. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Jun 17, 2015

    This was a decent start to the new title, and interesting twist on Black Canary. Most of the history that we associate with Dinah isn't necessarily gone. We can just assume that it's part of her past that she's desperately trying to hide. There's even a small scene where a reporter catches Dinah off guard when they ask about a previous marriage. There's the original Dinah and her daughter Dinah who takes up the Canary mantle later. I'm not too sure which one this is or if they've just merged the histories together, but what we have here is a rockin' entry into a new chapter in Canary's life. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 20, 2015

    I'd rather read about Dinah Lance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jun 22, 2015

    Black Canary #1 is a jumble of elements that fail to make a significant impression based on the story, but it moves so fast and looks so good that the failings in the script can easily be overlooked. None of the flaws present are fundamental to what comes next. Given some revision and a bit more thought, it's a series that could easily match the gorgeous layouts, artwork, and colors on display with a streamlined story of equal merit. As Black Canary continues, it could afford to take some advice from one of the greatest performers to ever hit the stage: "A little less conversation, a little more action, please." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 20, 2015

    "Black Canary" is off to a decent start. The opening issue is bogged down by some very rushed and clunky dialogue as book rushes to have the supporting cast suspect that DD has a shady past. The comic is definitely trying to capture the character-driven feel that "Batgirl" has achieved. However, this comic doesn't take the time to lay out the setup in the same way "Batigrl" was so successful at doing. The comic is backed up with terrific, noir artwork that helps make this comic stand out from the everyday comic book. This is a comic book worth checking out by is a very average read. Hopefully the kinks in the character work will be worked out in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 22, 2015

    I'll give this one more issue. I'm not feeling impressed by the story or visuals. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jun 21, 2015

    I feel like this book would flow better with the old BlackCanary at the helm. Maybe in a few issues we will get her back, but I am not sure I can hold on that long. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 25, 2015

    Those expecting to see Black Canary kick ass will be disappointed as most of comic deals with the behind-the-scenes of a traveling band (which may be interesting but isn't really why you pick up a comic titled Black Canary). I'm happy to see Dinah get her own title but at the same time I disappointed that it had to be this one. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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