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Quote1 I miss having people watching my back, and not having to figure out everything alone. Call it a family, call it a team, call it whatever you like. I just want to know what it's like to trust somebody again Quote2
-- Dinah Drake src

Dinah Drake is the Black Canary, a vigilante with the distinctive sonic scream superpower known as the Canary Cry, which she uses to fight crime with the Birds of Prey and Green Arrow.

Origins

Dinah grew up as a street kid in Gotham City, until she was caught dumpster diving by Desmond Lamar, the owner of a local dojo. Taking pity on her, he allowed her to stay at the dojo in exchange for helping with the building's maintenance. This went on for years, and she grew to think of him like a father as he took her on as a student at his dojo. When he discovered that he had terminal cancer, he left the care of the dojo to Dinah in his will, and she took up instructing his classes. Unfortunately, he had been keeping the local gangs from muscling in on the dojo for protection money.

When the power outage that hit Gotham prior to super-storm René's arrival left the city in the dark, Dinah had been away from the dojo and happened to encounter an injured man working for John Lynch. The man gave her a device before dying, and she soon found herself being chased by a gang of ninjas who sought to take it for themselves. She fought them off for a while but was eventually overwhelmed. Fortunately, John Lynch and his men arrived in time to save her life. When he returned her to her dojo, she found it had been destroyed during the riots.

Realizing she had nothing left, Lynch offered her the chance to join him on the metahuman-fighting squad Team 7,[1] which she agreed to do for a while and met her future husband Kurt Lance.[2] Drake worked for Team 7, being sent on a mission to find the Black Diamond that was corrupting the souls of those around it. [3] After that mission, Dinah realized that John Lynch's plan for the team was to put them through the wringer and essentially give them powers, Dinah gaining the ability to create a deafening scream called the "Canary Cry".

Eventually, Dinah would marry her team member Kurt, but soon after, she would come to believe he had been killed by her own hand .[4]

Birds of Prey

A year after leaving Team 7, Dinah was still searching for remnants of the metahuman organization known as Basilisk. She had a lead that pointed to the Iceberg Lounge and so got a job as a bouncer in the employ of the Penguin. There, she met and befriended Starling and was given the codename of Black Canary. When her investigation was compromised by Batgirl, the three women joined forces in catching the Basilisk agent. This experience led Dinah to feel the need to be on a team again, the three founding the Birds of Prey.[5]

After also recruiting Katana and Poison Ivy to the team, the Birds of Prey investigated a criminal named Choke who was brainwashing civilians with a secret trigger word but failed to catch him.[6]

Things became rocky with the team, with the roster losing Katana and Ivy soon after and gaining a former Talon named Strix. At Batgirl's urging, Dinah allowed Strix to stay at her dojo, while allowing Condor to become close to the team, though he was only intended to stay temporarily. After an ambush by Mister Freeze, the Birds of Prey learned they had been betrayed by one of their founding members - Starling, sending the team into hiding to escape the conspiracy against them. [7]

While on the run, Dinah learned that her husband Kurt Lance was alive and being used to dampen her powers by Basilisk.[8] She soon learned that Basilisk's leader, Regulus, was in fact Dean Higgins - a man she and Kurt had worked with in Team 7. He and Kaizen Gamorra were merged into one by a combination of the Canary Cry that destroyed Gamorra Island and the psychic energy there. Her power had been what inspired him to create Basilisk as a counter to super-powered beings. He intended to use Kurt's dampening ability to remove the entire world of super-powers and then gain control.[9] Dinah insisted she would save Kurt no matter the cost, and removed him from his bed. The result was that his amplification ability began to over-load. It was only through Batgirl's intervention that Dinah was prevented from screaming down the whole compound.[10]

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After meeting the vigilante Green Arrow, he and Black Canary began a relationship and worked as partner-heroes in Seattle.

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Justice League of America

Following the Justice League and the Suicide Squad having to work together to stop Maxwell Lord, Batman assembled a new team of heroes (and some former villains) he called the Justice League of America and recruited Black Canary.

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Powers

  • Canary Cry: Dinah possesses a metagene that gives her a potent sonic attack, able to damage and stun foes or objects, to the point of shattering metal. She possesses a incredible degree of control over her vocal cords. This enables her to mimic sounds and generate any sound she desires, even developing several abilities. The Canary Cry has been able to reach 300 decibels, which is enough to make a person's ears start bleeding even if they're not the attack target. Her canary cry has been stated to be able to shatter a human's skull if used directly on them. She has also shown that the canary cry can enable her to fly when she uses it with precise control.

Abilities

Strength level

Black Canary possesses the strength level of a woman her age, size and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise. Dinah can therefore press (lift) at least her own body weight.

Equipment

  • Body Armor (formerly)

Transportation

Weapons

  • Various Martial Art Weapons

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