Back when DC was publishing 52--not the New 52, but the weekly series chronicling the year after Infinite Crisis--each issue included a backup two-page origin of a DC hero, villain or team. Well, ComiXology has them all available for digital download for free!
Black Canary's origin, like most of them, was written by Mark Waid. In a Word Balloon interview, Gail Simone once said that Mark Waid doesn't know how to write a bad comic book, and I tend to agree with her. Waid is my favorite comic writer so it's nice to see him script this two page little origin for Dinah Laurel Lance.
The art, which surprised me, is supplied by the legendary Howard Chaykin, who blew my young, impressionable mind with Black Kiss. His depiction of Dinah captures her physical strength, her loveliness, but also a sense of fun. Plus, he draws her kicking Deathstroke in the crotch, and really, what else do you need?
So, since the origin is free and ComiXology and was once, if not now, available for free on DC's website, I'll include it here for your pleasure. Enjoy!
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