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Alternative versions of Black Canary

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Alternate versions of Black Canary
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceFlash Comics #86 (August 1947)
Created byRobert Kanigher
Carmine Infantino

This is a list alternative versions of Black Canary from the DC Comics multiverse, Elseworlds and other sources.

Arrowverse[edit]

JLA: The Nail[edit]

In JLA: The Nail, Black Canary leads the Outsiders after Oliver Queen is crippled by Amazo; the partnership dissolves when Queen says he feels like a mascot. In a previous battle, the character's sonic scream and Black Lightning's blasts vaporize Brainiac. In Another Nail, the sequel, she conspires to implant the dying Oliver Queen's brain into Amazo's android body.

Kingdom Come[edit]

In the DC Elseworlds comic Kingdom Come, Black Canary and Green Arrow are Batman's generals. In this future world, the romantic partners have a daughter: Olivia Queen, also known as Black Canary II. When Superman comes out of retirement and re-establishes the Justice League, Batman recruits Black Canary to become part of his faction. They infiltrate Lex Luthor's Mankind Liberation Front and once they discover that Luthor is brainwashing Captain Marvel, they attack and incarcerate the MLF members. She participated in the Gulag battle and was killed from the U.N. nuclear bombing. [1]

Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl[edit]

In another DC Elseworlds comic, Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Black Canary is an African-American woman who makes a brief appearance.

All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder[edit]

Frank Miller's All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, drawn by Jim Lee, features a character based on Black Canary. An immigrant from County Monaghan, Ireland, she is an unnamed[2] barmaid in the seedy Black Canary.

The Dark Knight Strikes Again[edit]

In The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Black Canary is a member of the Superchix, a pop-music trio.

League of Justice[edit]

Black Canary is a goddess-like character in League of Justice, a Lord of the Rings-type Elseworlds story.[3] Although she has many names, she is most commonly called "the lady of the birds". Her hair is blonde on one side and black on the other.

Justice[edit]

In Justice, the widowed Black Canary is involved with Green Arrow.

Earth-3[edit]

In the 52 multiverse, an African-American Black Canary is a member of the Crime Society. In JLA: Earth 2, White Cat is an evil counterpart of Black Canary.

Earth-11[edit]

On Earth-11, a world of reversed genders, Black Condor is a male version of Black Canary.[4]

Superman/Batman[edit]

In the Superman/Batman storyline "Mash-Up", elements of Black Canary combine with Starfire, creating Star Canary.

Justice League: Generation Lost[edit]

An African-American version of Black Canary is part of a future Justice League in Justice League: Generation Lost. She is a descendant of Black Canary's teammates Hawk and Dove.

Injustice[edit]

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

In the comic prequel based on the video game, Black Canary appears. In Year One, she is a member of Batman’s Insurgency alongside her husband, Green Arrow. Although initially skeptical and distrusting, like her husband she forms an unusual attachment to Harley Quinn after Oliver saves her from Superman’s wrath. After Oliver dies giving his life to deliver a pill that can grant people superhuman physical abilities, Dinah, instinctively knowing her husband is dead, orders the retreat with the other members of the Insurgency. In Year Two, Dinah attempts to breaks off her friendship with Hal Jordan and declares to Superman that she will personally take him down for murdering her husband; during which she is revealed to be pregnant with Oliver’s child. She later gives birth to a son, Connor Lance-Queen, who she leaves with Doctor Fate and Zatanna. Using the super pill, Dinah attacks Superman and manages to immobilize him with a Kryptonite bullet. Her victory is short lived, as Superman is given a Sinestro Corps ring to remove the bullet and fatally injures Dinah with his heat vision. Dinah reveals that she was recording all of Superman’s actions and the footage was broadcast by Oracle via camera contact lenses so that Superman can no longer convince the public he is still a hero. Black Canary is considered dead by most of the Insurgency, but secretly she was healed and transported to an alternate universe with her son where a different version of Oliver Queen exists, but his own Dinah Laurel Lance was killed. Doctor Fate leaves the two together, giving them a chance at happiness.

Injustice 2[edit]

In the comic prequel based on the video game's sequel, Dinah and the alternate Oliver were having a happy life with their grown up son Connor in the alternate world. Shortly, Doctor Fate returns to bring Dinah back to their world and bringing the good news of Superman's defeat, offering her a chance to help the Insurgency rebuild the world. During the events of the game, Black Canary and Green Arrow are recruited by Batman to join the Insurgency; upon being taken to the Batcave, they are introduced to Harley Quinn. While Oliver is hesitant about trusting her, Dinah seems more open. Batman sends the trio to Gorilla City to take down Grodd and his Secret Society. Once they arrive, Canary and Arrow infiltrate Grodd's headquarters and deafeat Catwoman and Bane before being interrupted by Doctor Fate who informs them that a world-ending event will destroy Earth and offers to take them and Connor back to their universe. They refuse and apprehend Grodd, but they are captured by Brainiac before they can take him into custody. Oliver and Dinah are then put under Grodd's telepathic control and are forced to fight Aquaman and Black Adam, but are freed once Grodd is defeated.

Gotham City Garage[edit]

In this alternate universe series, Dinah Drake as Black Canary is a member of the League of Assassins, and battles Green Arrow to become the new Ra's al Ghul.[5]

DC Bombshells[edit]

Black Canary appears as Dinah Laurel Lance in the continuation series to DC Comics Bombshells, Bombshells United set in the United States in 1943. She is sought out by Batgirls Felicity Smoak and Alysia Yeoh who travel to Hawaii to find her.[6] She is suspected of the murder of her lover Oliver Queen, who is later revealed to be alive and well, but under the influence of mind control and the two are reunited once he's freed.

Black Canary: Ignite[edit]

Dinah Laurel Lance is the subject of the 2019 Black Canary: Ignite graphic novel. This version of the character is a middle school student who is in a band with her best friends Kat and Vee. Unbeknownst to Dinah, her florist mother was once the costumed superhero known as Black Canary. When a bitter villainess named Bonfire returns to take her revenge on the retired Black Canary, Dinah must learn to utilize her newly awakening superpowers to rescue her mom and save the day.

References[edit]

  1. Kingdom Come #3-4
  2. Miller, Frank (w), Lee, Jim (p), Williams, Scott (i). "Episode Three" All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #3 (December 2005)
  3. Hannigan, Ed (w), Hannigan, Ed (p), Giordano, Dick (i). "Stave One: Hero Quest" League of Justice #1 (1996)
    Hannigan, Ed (w), Hannigan, Ed (p), Giordano, Dick (i). "Stave Two: Hero War" League of Justice #2 (1996)
  4. Pasko, Martin (w), Swan, Curt (p), Chiaramonte, Frank (i). "The Turnabout Trap!" Superman #349 (July 1980)
  5. Outlaw, Kofi (January 19, 2018). "Major DC Character Becomes New Ra's al Ghul". Comicbook.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  6. Marguerite Bennett (w), Sandy Jarrell (a). Bombshells:United #13 (March 7, 2018), DC Comics


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