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.