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8 Creative Ways Black Canary Uses Her Powers

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Black Canary is a skilled fighter who also possesses an ultrasonic cry, and she uses her abilities in many creative ways in DC Comics and cartoons.

Dinah Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary, is a hero with phenomenal hand-to-hand combat skills and an ultrasonic "Canary Cry." Between these two capabilities, she is able to take on the likes of the Ravens, Count Vertigo, Poison Ivy, the Injustice Society, Deathstroke and many others.

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Still, brute force, either from her fists or her scream, is not necessarily Black Canary's go-to maneuver against enemies. Her training as a combatant involves skill as much as strength, and her Cry can do more than simply disorient or hurt opponents. In DC Comics and adaptations like the DC Animated Universe, Black Canary showcased her skills and powers in incredibly creative ways, using them as both weapons and tools.

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Black Canary's Cry allows her to "fly," tear down buildings, escape from traps and shake up villains, but it can also extinguish fires. She demonstrates this ability when a high speed train catches fire and is unable to brake in Green Arrow Vol. 6 #34, written by Benjamin Percy with art Stephen Byrne.

Using the properties of sound and the laws of thermodynamics, Dinah reasons she can put the fire out with a low-decibel cry. Sure enough, a low Canary Cry snuffs out the oxygen that the blaze requires, extinguishing the fire and allowing the train to stop.

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