Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths has taken over large parts of the DC Universe, with the “death” of the Justice League sparking a fight to save the entire multiverse. The book’s various issues and tie-ins involve an increasing number of characters in the orbit of the event, including a handful of new faces. Among them is Red Canary, a new legacy character first introduced in a cover variation Dark Crisis #3 earlier this year. The vigilante superhero is clearly meant to be a new legacy character for Dinah Lance/Black Canary, who was one of the alleged victims of the Justice League’s death, but a lot has remained mysterious about her since her initial debut. Of this week Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 began to shed a little more light on Red Canary’s backstory – and sparked more speculation about whether or not she could be a character already in DC’s pages. Front spoilers Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1 from Mark Waid, Delilah S. Dawson, Dennis Culver, Freddie E. Williams II, Jack Herbert, Adriano Lucas and Troy Peteri below! Watch only if you want to know!
Dark Army saw Red Canary team up with Damian Wayne and an eclectic group of superheroes to potentially save the multiverse from Pariah and his Dark Army – an effort that brought them face-to-face with the Justice League incarnate. Along the way, we learned more nuggets about who Red Canary is, as she told her various teammates that she’s in college, becoming a superhero because “With Black Canary gone, someone’s got to carry the torch.” She also revealed that she stole her high-tech Escrima sticks “from some bad guy”, and trained in Jiu-Jitsu and Kali.
Is Red Canary Sin Lance?
One prevailing theory – which seems to help Dark Army’s nuggets – is that Red Canary could be Cynthia “Sin” Lance, a young girl Dinah adopted after bonding in a martial arts village in Asia in pre-Flashpoint continuity . After Dinah brought Sin back to the United States, the young girl was subsequently targeted by the League of Assassins, forcing the Arrow family to fake her death and hide her in a convent.
With DC’s continuity essentially embracing nuggets from every previous era of storytelling, the idea of weaving Sin back into the fold as Red Canary would certainly be compelling. And while the ages of the “Arrow Family” sidekicks have shifted since the pre-Flashpoint days, it would make sense to reintroduce Sin as a middle-aged young woman, potentially creating an older family dynamic between her and Dinah emerges. that never came true the first time.
Is Red Canary Lian Harper?
Another possibility was that Red Canary could really be Lian Harper, the daughter of Jade Nguyen/Cheshire and Dinah’s fellow Arrow relative, Roy Harper/Arsenal. Unlike Sin, Lian has already been reintroduced into canon in recent years, taking on the cloak of Shoes and taking on a Cheshire-esque mask in the pages of cat lady.
Given that Lian was previously seen as a kind of surrogate daughter of Dinah in pre-Flash point continuity, it could also be narratively important for her to be Red Canary – especially since the “Red” part could pay homage to her father’s days as Red Arrow. But there are some caveats, as Lian was portrayed as a younger teen in her relatively recent Catwoman appearances.
Anyway, with Red Canary already confirmed to appear in the next one Lazarus planet event, and next spring’s newly announced Green Arrow book expected to be about the larger Arrow family, we hope we don’t have to wait too long to find out Red Canary’s identity.
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