I'm about to spoil the living hell out of Birds Of Prey #10, so if you don't wanna know, click away now and come back after you've read it...
Life is funny sometimes. I wrote a bunch about Black Canary, her powers and her origins earlier this week, and specifically noted that the nu52 was being unduly cryptic about both.
And then this happened, the very same week.
Earlier in the issue, Dinah took her sonic scream powers to new levels, not merely being a really loud noise, but...
...a fully functional, missile and explosion stopping force field.
And then, facing an uncrossable gorge, she takes it to yet another level:
Yes. Black Canary can now fly.
Aside from the obvious--
*You'll believe a canary can fly!
*Well, if Banshee can, than it's only reasonable...
*DC's Marvel fetish just reached whole new levels of copy-cattedness
--aside from that, the question each of us must answer for ourselves is this:
In the old 52, much was made of Dinah's fighting prowess, how she had made herself into one of the top unarmed combatants in the world, how she could step into a match with Lady Shiva and not be immediately dead. Her Canary Cry was there only as the occasional Get Out Of A Tight Jam Free Card.
But now, Dinah can project force fields and fly with her voice. (And, no doubt, soon they'll have her making solid sound constructs and controlling minds, stopped only by Vibranium...)
So the question is, does this diminish her character, by making those hard-fought for and long-admired physical fighting skills pretty much unnecessary? Does jumping her up 4 or 5 levels of superhuman power suddenly make her less of an appealing character, less of an "everywoman"? Is the special "thing" that made Black Canary what she was gone now??
Then again, for a large majority of her modern career, she already had one superpower, albeit one that was hard to control and kept getting lost and refound. Given that she already had one deus ex machina for writing her way out of corners, are a couple of new manifestations really so bad? Is this really any different than Sue Storm suddenly developing force fields?
I honestly don't know...or at least I haven't quite made up my mind about it. Any input from youse guys?