Arc Review | Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today is an Arc review post!, which I am very proud of since I am starting to actually try and read some Arc’s. I love comics, I love graphic novels, but guys this just wasn’t it for me. Let’s get into the post and see why.


Black Canary: Ignite

Title: Black Canary: Ignite

Author: Meg Cabot, Cara McGee (Illustrator)

Pages: 144

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Superhero Comic

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

*Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy of Black Canary: Ignite in exchange for an honest review*

Meg Cabot’s first graphic novel!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

  • Black Canary story – This is a different superhero I have honestly never even heard of, and come to find out, the Black Canary has been around for a long time. I was glad I got to meet this villain for the first time in junior high school form I guess.
  • Rare Superpower – The superpower Black Canary has, which is like this screech call thing that breaks glass and a whole bunch of other stuff, is pretty cool and also not really popular in books/movies dealing with superheros, so I liked that a lot.
  • The artwork
  • Dinah was so whiny– One of my biggest problems with this book was the fact that Dinah was just so… annoying. It got to the point where I just couldn’t stand her in the end. She was way over the top emotional, complained about having a freaking superpower!, and was too much for me. I get it, it’s supposed to go for a middle grade audience, but should we really be teaching kids it’s okay to basically complain about everything and anything? No.
  • Story was boring – There was nothing really going on in this story. We get the smallest littlest bit of the ‘Black Canary’ origin story, and then we just know how to fight crime now and defeat a villain and it’s just all fun and games with the very predictable ‘I can’t be with my friends so now my friends are mad at me’ stunt.
  • The ‘joker’– The joker is mentioned like 3 times in this book, and so is Bruce Wayne’s manor, and that’s really the only connection to Gotham City that there is. I thought the lines about the Joker were cheesy and was just used to give the book a little bit more umph.
  • Middle Grade book – I think this was kind of my fault, I honestly thought this book was going to be a YA Comic… BUT I was wrong lmao. I think it makes more sense now when I realized at the end she’s only in middle school, but it definitely threw me off because literally the whole time I was like ‘what the hell, this girl is really a teenager in high school?? She’s acting like a baby!”…. Makes sense now guys.

⭐⭐/5

I feel like if you are the intended audience (Middle Grade), then possibly you might enjoy this. Other than that? I don’t really think so.


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Arc Review: Batman: Nightwalker The Graphic Novel by Stuart Moore & Marie Lu

Hey everyone! How is everyone’s November going? Mine is actually going by really quickly, and I can’t believe all the stuff I am getting done. Today we have a DC Comic review! I read Teen Titans: Raven a little while back and realized I really want to dive more into the world of comics.

Thank you to DC Ink for sending me a copy of this in exchange for a review!

Batman: Nightwalker

Title: Batman: Nightwalker (The Graphic Novel)

Author: Stuart Moore (adaptor), Marie Lu, Chris Wildgoose (Illustrator)

Pages: 208

Format: ARC paperback

Genre(s): YA Graphic Novel, Comics

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the publishers. All thoughts are my own. Thank you DC Ink.*

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life the dark mysteries behind the gates of Arkham Asylum. Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and 18 year-old Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

Bruce Wayne is turning 18 and inheriting his family’s fortune. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice that leads him to Arkham Asylym, the infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeline Wallace, a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope. Madeline is the mystery Bruce must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

Bruce Wayne is proof that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero, but can he survive Madeleine’s game of tense intrigue and deception?

This graphic novel adaptation from New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu and artist Christian Wildgoose is a dark, action-packed thrill ride!

  • The story – I thought the story was okay, following Bruce before he really kind of became Batman. It wasn’t like a mind shattering story, but it was still decent enough.
  • The writing – I thought the writing was good. It was easy to follow along, not rushed or anything. A pretty good pace for a graphic novel.
  • Everything clicked in the end – I love it when re-tellings kind of help bring the entire picture together. Like when everything starts clicking into place with the story you’ve known for ages. Basically, when you find yourself saying to yourself ‘ohhhh that’s how that came to be’. That’s what I love in re-telling’s or prequels to the actual stories.
  • The romance…??? – Okay this romance was soooo stupid. I mean honestly, what the hell was going on here. I hated it from the second it started to lean that way and hated it throughout the entire book. Just, no. It didn’t need it!
  • The artwork was pretty dark – I don’t know if this is just a common theme with comics and I’m just now catching on but… why the hell was everything so blue? Literally the main colors used in this book were blue, black, white, and maybe a tinge of yellow. Is this common in comics? Someone please educate me asap.
  • Not that much action for a DC superhero – I could’ve used just a little bit more action in this. It was all talk and then the fight scenes were only really a few pages long. Most of the book was just talking.
  • Asylum as community service? – I’m sorry but this was just a little too weird for me. Like, oh, you get in trouble for trying to take down a Nightwalker?? How about as your punishment we make you work at an insane asylum WITH NIGHTWALKERS IN IT. God, it’s like they just asking for more problems! Plus, who gets community service… IN AN ASYLUM???

⭐⭐⭐/5


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Book Review: Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

Hi everyone! I finally got around to reading this graphic novel! I have been hearing about it for a very long time and I am so glad I got to buy this for myself. My library doesn’t really do well in keeping up with their Graphic Novel section and buying newer releases for Graphic Novels, so I figured I would just pick this one up myself and I actually really enjoyed it! Let’s get onto the review!


Teen Titans: Raven

Title: Teen Titans: Raven

Author: Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator)

Pages: 192

Format: paperback

Genre: YA Graphic Novel, Comics, Superheroes

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.

But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past… and the darkness building inside her.

  • Raven – As a Marvel fan, I don’t really pay attention to DC that much, but I do LOVE the Teen Titans, and I especially love Raven. Once I saw this book was going to be a graphic novel all about Raven, I was excited. I thought Kami captured Raven beautifully and really helped me appreciate her more.
  • New Orleans setting – I don’t read many books that are set in New Orleans, so to read this book and see that, ugh! I was in love. They incorporated so much of New Orleans culture and it was just a nice refresh to what I have been reading recently.
  • Max – I liked Max! She had a little bit of mystery too her that I really enjoyed.
  • Artwork – I thought the artwork was beautiful. It wasn’t the typical art you see in superhero comics, and that made me pretty happy.
  • The writing – The writing was so good I want to mark on my calendars that Teen Titans: Beast Boy is going to be coming out next summer!
  • Rushed – The books felt a little rushed, like explaining of he super powers, the ending was rushed. It definitely could have been a little bit longer of a book.
  • The ending – The ending was nothing spectacular in my eyes. Was kind of hoping for a little bit more of a confrontation between her and Tommy buttttt oh well!

🕸️🕸️🕸️🕸️/5

I’m giving Teen Titans: Raven a 4 out of 5 spiderwebs


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