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Black Canary #1 (Comics From The Basement)
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And Happy Thanksgiving! I don't have any comics featuring a turkey, but I have one featuring another kind of bird... namely a Black Canary!
Hello Dwellers and
Welcome to Comics From The Basement…
Yes it’s the day
of family gathering, football and the eating of a bird that makes you
fall asleep faster than an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Now because I don’t
have any comics involving a turkey, I figure why not go over
something that has a bird in it… or at least in the title, with
Black Canary #1 from DC Comics
Now to clarify this
is issue one of the current Black Canary series which launched in
August of 2015, and is the fourth Black Canary solo series. The first
was a four-issue mini series in 1991, the second a 12 issue run in
1993, and the third was also a four issue mini series in 2007.
Then there is this
clarification, the Black Canary as a character overall, dates back to
the 1940s, debuting in Flash Comics #86, but that was Dinah Drake
Lance… Dinah Laurel Lance has only been around since 1983 and was a
member of the Justice League, helped form Justice League
International, has been involved romantically with the Green Arrow,
worked with the Suicide Squad and was a key part of Barbara Gordon’s
‘Birds of Prey’… then all the DC continuity reboots started
happening with Infinite Crisis, the New 52, Flashpoint… where the
character was rebooted and through series of convoluted events, ends
up being the lead singer of a band called ‘Black Canary’ and she
using the name ‘D.D.’ as she is basically trying to lay low, get
paid and get a normal life.
So that all said,
let’s talk about the comic shall we?
The cover is quite
different from what I’m use to seeing, with the title right in the
middle of the, and we see D.D. on stage posing, with her band in the
background. It’s sharp and eye catching, and a clear indication of
the style of artwork seen in the book
The story itself,
D.D. and her band are becoming a bit infamous, because every time
there is trouble, D.D. steps in and causes a lot of damage to
whatever venue she’s performing at. Sometimes the band’s manager
Heathcliff can smooth things over, but it’s becoming a major issue.
The rest of the band wants to know about her past and why trouble
keeps following her around. On top of that, a member of the band
named Ditto is being pursued by some aliens, but because she doesn’t
talk, the band chooses to stay together, keep doing gigs with the
hopes of finding out what’s going on, with D.D. declaring she’ll
have to train them to make sure they can protect themselves.
VERDICT: This comic
in my opinion is totally okay, with this issue doing pretty much
everything right for the kick off issue, with setting up the plot,
introducing key characters and giving an idea of where everything is
going to go. The artwork supports the story well enough, but there
are a few things here and there where I wonder what the heck am I
looking at. Overall it does the job of making a reader intrigued to
see issue #2, which I’ll eventually have to get.
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Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.
They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…
And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.
But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.
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