Black Ca­nary

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Re­viewed: Is­sues 1-4 Writer: Bren­den Fletcher Artist: An­nie Wu Pub­lisher: DC For­mat: On­go­ing

DC’s main-book big guns are fight­ing se­ri­ous bat­tles at the mo­ment. Bat­man’s lost his mem­ory, Su­per­man’s lost his pow­ers... Mean­while, Black Ca­nary just wants to sur­vive a tour with her band – a high con­cept that some­how man­ages to be just as com­pelling as the rest of her bud­dies’ ad­ven­tures.

But for­get the premise, this is all about An­nie Wu’s art. Her punk-rock-fanzine-style vi­su­als per­fectly match the tone of Fletcher’s rock ’n’ roll re­birth, bathing the book in a neon glow.

Ca­nary has strug­gled to find her place in the mod­ern DC uni­verse. But shrug­ging off her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to play a bunch of dive-bars seems to be the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tion. Look­ing like a cross be­tween Alice Glass and Karen O, Dinah Lance has stepped out of the shad­ows and into the spot­light – while still find­ing time to kick bad-guy butt along the way, of course.

De­spite the un­ex­pected ca­reer-change, long-term fans will recog­nise Dinah. Fletcher’s done an im­pres­sive job of re­tain­ing the core of the char­ac­ter whilst let­ting her evolve enough to take cen­trestage of her own story.

DC is ex­per­i­ment­ing here, and Black Ca­nary feels like an Im­age book – think The Wicked + The Divine meets Vel­vet. Let’s hope Ca­nary finds an au­di­ence to match, as this comic de­serves to sell out sta­di­ums. Sam Ashurst

Great act, shame about the lyrics.

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