This review contains spoilers.
Black Canary #9 is written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Moritat and colors by Lee Loughridge.
This story takes place before the main plot of the previous issues when Dinah had just recently joined the band. The band was hired to play at a teenage girl’s birthday party. When they arrive, Dinah recognizes several of the guests as mob bosses. This is because the girl’s mother is the daughter of Carmine Falcone. Dinah wants to back out but then discovers that assassins have been hired to kill the girl, Julia. The band plays as Dinah protects Julia from the assassins. However, the last one was a boy that Julia had a crush on. Julia became furious when Dinah kicked the snot out of him. The issue ends with the mother refusing to pay the band.
While it is a different creative team, Rosenberg manages to keep the tone the same. It still feels like the same book. The art is a different style but it still works. The fact that Loughridge is still doing colors helps keep it feeling like the same book.
I like that this is a self-contained story. All you need to know is that Dinah is in a band now. It is a fun and simple story that works completely on its own.
The cover by Guillem March is just ugly. Dinah’s face is incredibly strange and the random spikes and buttons on her jacket look ridiculous. The colors and backgrounds on the cover are also fairly painful to look at. It’s not something you want to look at.
After a cliffhanger, it is a little frustrating to get an issue that has no bearing on the plot. Considering this book is ending soon, it seems strange to have a fill in issue like this one.
I honestly don’t have much to say about this issue. It’s disappointing that the main team isn’t here but it works well enough. It’s simple and entertaining but nothing great. I recommend waiting for the trade on this one.