History: The Black Canary wasn't the first so-called Bird of Prey employed by Oracle. That distinction
is held by the adventuress known as Power Girl, who dissolved her partnership-in-crimefighting with Barbara Gordon after an
unavoidably disastrous mission.
Choosing the Canary as Power Girl's successor was a logical choice for Oracle.
In her teens, Barbara thrilled to the exploits of Gotham City's newest homegrown heroine, who wore the familiar
fishnets-and-leather costume of her mother, a member of the legendary Justice Society of America.
And Dinah Lance was her mother's namesake in more ways than one.
Like the original Black Canary, Dinah is an expert at judo as well as being schooled in other fighting skills by her heroic
"uncles" in the JSA. The younger Dinah, however, was unique in possessing her own metagene-activated superpower: a
hypersonic "Canary Cry" capable of staggering opponents and rending steel.
Dinah briefly lost this ability following injuries sustained in a horrible personal attack, but found her vocal cords
miraculously healed after Oracle submerged her in one of eco-terrorist Ra's al Ghul's rejuvenating "Lazarus Pits" in order
to save Dinah's life.
Today, Dinah is one of the hardest-working costumed heroines on the planet. As the modern Black Canary, she co-founded the
Justice League of America, and currently serves as a member of the reconstituted Justice Society, though that role remains
secondary to her position as Oracle's primary undercover field operative.
At first more strangers than partners, Dinah and Barbara Gordon are now fast friends, a relationship that continues to grow
as these Birds of Prey work to make the world a better, safer place.
Last Update: January 11, 2014