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- Her name is Dinah Drake Lance, but she's known as the Black Canary. She's a force of nature, utterly unstoppable when innocent lives are on the line. When other girls were applying to college, she was mastering the ancient arts of judo and jiu-jitsu -- which means she doesn't even need to use her superpowers to kick your butts. She's got a voice like a hurricane, a heart like a furnace and for some stupid reason, even after everything I do to push her away... she loves me.
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, which she agreed to do for a while and met her future husband Kurt Lance. Drake worked for Team 7, being sent on a mission to find the Black Diamond that was corrupting the souls of those around it.  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 .
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.
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.
While on the run, Dinah learned that her husband Kurt Lance was alive and being used to dampen her powers by Basilisk. 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. 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.
Black Canary Band
Birds of Prey, Back Together
Justice League of America
After the Justice League and the Suicide Squad had 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.
- Canary Cry: Black Canary possesses a Metagene that allows her to produce a powerful sonic attack capable of damaging, disorienting, and stunning anyone she uses it on. According to Dinah, her Canary Cry is powerful enough to be capable of shattering metals and shattering a person's skull if directly on them. Dinah is able to use her Canary Cry to glide across great distances by manipulating sound waves. She is also able to use her voice in a low frequency to extinguish fires.
- Archery: Dinah is a skilled enough archer to briefly impersonate her partner Green Arrow, and can fire arrows with precision.
- Driving: Dinah drives her motorcycle with great skill.
- Espionage: Dinah is a skilled covert operative, having worked with Team 7 and later leading the Birds of Prey.
- Firearms: Although she prefers not to use guns she is more than capable of using them.
- Martial Arts: Trained by combat specialist Desmond Lamar, Black Canary is a highly skilled martial artist with her combat skills being respected by the likes of Team 7's John Lynch, Amanda Waller, Barbara Gordon, and Batman.
- Multilingualism: Dinah can speak and understand Japanese and French.
- Music: Dinah plays and writes songs on the guitar.
- Singing: Dinah is a talented singer and enjoyed a successful stint as a rock singer with her band, Black Canary.
- Tactical Analysis: Dinah is also considered a strong leader and strategic thinker.
- Body Armor (Formerly)
- Various Martial Art Weapons
- The Dinah Lance version of Black Canary, upon which this version was based, was created by Denny O'Neil and Dick Dillin, and first appeared in Justice League of America #75. This version, however, shares its name with the original version created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, who was Dinah Lance's mother. In the rebooted Prime Earth continuity, Dinah's last name is Lance by marriage, and her first appearance as part of the DC Universe is in Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz' New 52 Birds of Prey series.
- Dinah Drake was married to Kurt Lance, and his death rendered her a widow. However, his resurrection by way of the Samsara Serum makes it difficult to tell what the state of their marriage is, and whether it is still legal or not.
- 233 Appearances of Dinah Drake (Prime Earth)
- 170 Images featuring Dinah Drake (Prime Earth)
- 18 Quotations by or about Dinah Drake (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Dinah Drake (Prime Earth)
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #28
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #25
- ↑ Team 7 (Volume 2) #0
- ↑ Team 7 (Volume 2) #1 - 4
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #8
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #0
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #2 - 7
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #19
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #23
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #24
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #26
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #1
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #10
- ↑ Green Arrow (Volume 6) #34
- ↑ Green Arrow Annual (Volume 6) #1
- ↑ Green Arrow (Volume 6) #47
- ↑ Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3
- ↑ Birds of Prey (Volume 3) #2
- ↑ Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18
- ↑ Green Arrow (Volume 6) #38
- ↑ Batgirl (Volume 4) #40
- ↑ Batgirl (Volume 4) #39
Birds of Prey member
Black Canary band member
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