Comic Review

Weekly Comic Review: Black Canary Issue 2

bcbI may also try to review “Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps Issue 2” tomorrow, if I have the time.  I picked up both titles along with Harley Quinn and some Catwoman this week.  DC is slowly winning me back as a reader, I think.

Black Canary Issue 2 was written by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu is the artist and Lee Loughridge is on colors for this issue.  That’s one thing I really love about this comic so far, is that you can clearly see each person’s contribution to the comic, if you are paying attention to it.

At first glance, one of my favorite thing about this issue was some of the more unique ways they told the story.  There were full page spreads of information and graphics, that reminded me of magazine cutouts, tour posters and snap shots.  It’s an interesting choice story wise, because those pages are used to tell the story in a very different way than the pages that have the traditional panel/dialogue layout.  It also had a diagram at one point that showed Dinah training her manager in hand to hand.

I personally love stuff like that. Deviating from the “traditional” comic layout is something I see more and more in stories like Hawkeye, Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine.  I like that these storytellers (the artists, the writers and the colorists) are playing with form, and finding new and interesting ways to tell their tales.

Loughridge continues to shine in this issue with the approach to color that is used. The color palettes used in this issue definitely help to dictate to the tone of the story and they compliment Wu’s art style so well.  The whole complimentary vibe between the art and the colors gives me a very punk rock feeling, which well matches the story that Fletcher is telling.

In this issue, we continue to learn more about Dinah’s past and the past of the band.  I liked the story telling and that there was still the rocker vibe, even though they weren’t performing in this issue.  I’m interested to see how this Dinah is different from the Black Canary that I know and love, and I plan to continue to pick up future issues of the series.  It’s got a good story and great art, what more do you need?

At one point in the comic, Dinah uses a pair of what looks like clarinets or flutes to fight off a bad guy.  It was just a very cool moment for me, since I’m a fan of characters that use staves as their weapon.

Comic Review

Weekly Comic Review: Black Canary #1

I’ll be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a DC title.  I followed Wonder Woman after the New 52 reboot, and a few issues that Catwoman was in, but other than that, my DC reading has sadly lacked.  I’m trying to change that, especially with all the awesome things I’ve heard about some of the new DC titles like Gotham Academy, Bombshells and Convergence.  I got to listen to Marguerite Bennett talk a little about Bombshells on the Arc Reaction Podcast (I believe the interview with Marguerite is in the Denver Con 1 episode), and it made me giddy to see it when it comes out.

Black Canary 1 was written by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu did the art, and Lee Loughridge was the colorist.

First of all, can I just say I LOVE the art in this issue?  I really enjoyed Annie Wu’s art on Hawkeye, and here it fits perfectly with the tone of the comic.  It’s slightly gritty, but still very sleek.  I like that, because you get the hard edged representation of the Black Canary band, but it still feels very feminine to me at the same time.  Also, the colors in this issue really accented the art.  There are bright pinks, dark purples, and the colors change as the tone of the story changes.  It really helps guide the reader tonally, because the can just look at the page and get a vibe for what is about to happen.

Similar to The Carol Corps, which I reviewed last week, Black Canary is taking a character that we’re familiar with, but she’s in a very different setting.  She does by “D.D.” and the name of the bad is actually Black Canary.  She’s wearing her classic leather jacket and fishnets, but now there’s more of a punk rock vibe to her.

This issue does a great job setting up the story and leaving breadcrumbs for reveals that will most likely happen in the future.  There are mysteries about D.D.’s past and the past of one of her bandmates, Ditto.  There are people coming for Ditto, and over the course of the comic, D.D and her bandmates make a pledge to protect her.

I really enjoyed seeing a character I’m fairly familiar with, in a different space entirely.  I also liked that it’s a band full of women.  It’s a very different sort of team than we’re used to seeing in superhero comics, but it’s a team all the same, and that’s clear by the end of the comic.

D.D. also defends a group of 3 women from danger at one point in the comic, and though we don’t explicitly know what the danger was beyond a group of scary looking guys, it’s a good moment.  We see D.D. jump from the stage, and put herself directly between these women and the danger.  After things settle, they thank her and ask about where she got her boots.  That moment probably stuck out the most to me in the comic, since often when we see people thanking a hero, they are gushing with hero worship.  This felt more like appreciation and connection.

I’ll definitely be picking up future issues of this comic.  I want to know more about D.D.’s past and the past of her bandmates.  All in all, it was a very intriguing read, and the art complimented the story perfectly.