At the back of Black Canary's first solo comic book, editor Mike Gold offered his thoughts on female superheroes in general and Black Canary in specific. He describes her history and her importance as an icon, but also emphasizes that none of the best intentions or skills of the creators will mean anything if people don't buy the comic. Female superheroes don't sell as well as male superheroes; they never had before, they still don't today, and it's hard to imagine a time when they will. Gold flat-out tells the readers that DC has little faith in Black Canary's ability to sustain a monthly title, but that they're willing to give it a shot.
We can talk more about that in sixteen or seventeen weeks maybe.
Anyway, check out Gold's letter. It's an interesting read.
[Unless you can read very small or have freakishly good vision, I suggest opening the images below in another window and zooming in.]