Meg Cabot and Cara McGee’s Black Canary: Ignite is a brilliant story that brings new life to this supersonic superheroine for a younger generation. Cabot shows her usual skill for telling stories that take place in worlds slightly beyond belief, while creating a sense of authenticity, making it easy for readers to engage in this new take on an old hero. An engagement bolstered by McGee’s cartoonish, but emotive illustrations.
For this reimagining of Dinah Lance, aka Black Canary’s origin story, Cabot and McGee turn this hero into a young teenager just discovering her powerful voice and the unique way she can save the day. McGee shows serious skill, managing to convey a superpower based on sound through a silent medium, utilising large colourful onomatopoeia that take up whole panels or words in bold font that cross over panel lines to convey moments of incredible sound. Creating a world full of noise for the reader.
However, the strongest part of this story is the humour and realism that Cabot injects into Dinah’s portrayal. As a thirteen-year-old raised in a world where superheroes are the norm, she gets to be disappointed that she didn’t inherit a cooler superpower like telekinesis, and she’s more disgusted over her parents lovey-dovey retelling of her mother’s vigilante past than shocked or impressed. Thus, for the young reader, despite her extraordinary abilities, Dinah becomes a hero you can connect with.
This is a story full of humour and action, that any young reader will fly through.