We all know women (or men) who, despite showing excellent judgment in every other aspect of their lives, continue putting up with a loser significant other. It doesn’t matter now many times the loser SO confirms that s/he is a horse’s ass. The longsuffering partner will continue to forgive the offending party and, worse, take him or her back.
This familiar scenario was taken to the extreme in the fall of 2007, when our girl Dinah consented to marry off-on squeeze and very bad boy Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. Her acceptance monologue was an amazing feat of rationalization, especially under the circumstances in Black Canary #4. In an effort to save Dinah and her beloved adopted daughter Sin from the League of Assassins, Ollie orchestrated a plan that involved faking Sin’s death and having his son, Connor, escort her to a secluded monastery. He allowed Dinah to believe that Sin had been killed so that her grief would appear authentic to the League. She not only forgave Ollie for this act, but also spun some bullshit about how, after a lifetime of selfishness, he finally did something decent.
Dinah: “You ask me to marry you, and I keep waiting for the playboy to rear his ugly head. And then you go and pull this with Sin. You could’ve just rescued her and had me. Instead, you throw away our future for the good of a little girl you hardly know.”
Ollie: “All I needed to know is that you would give your life for her.”
Dinah: “Exactly. For once, Ollie wasn’t even part of the equation.”
Ow. My brain hurts.
This was an utterly ridiculous, callous move to get rid of an inconvenient character and pave the way for a wedding that Black Canary fans didn’t want. The only way to “save” Sin was to send her packing, essentially erasing her from Dinah’s life? Sure, there was some lip service about visits and long-distance parenting, but come on now. I don’t blame writer Tony Bedard for any of this, which has “editorial dictate” written all over it.
For several issues of this miniseries and Birds of Prey, we saw Dinah talk about how dearly she loved Sin, an interesting character who was discovering childhood after years of being raised to kill. I was looking forward to seeing how Dinah would juggle single motherhood with superheroics, and her fellow Birds would have made excellent aunties. But then BoP was cancelled, and everything began to revolve around getting Dinah and Ollie to the altar. I guess the wedding special was kind of cute, but the ensuing comic, Green Arrow/Black Canary was not. And as we’ve pointed out before, Dinah’s marriage to Ollie has often undermined her swagger. Since I hate Ollie just a tiny bit less than V. does, I will admit that he has a certain rakish charm, and archers are inherently sexy. But considering this relationship’s troubled history and his well-documented issues with monogamy, their continued coupling seems forced and pointless.
I’m holding out hope that Sin will make a return (For a moment, I thought she was White Canary, despite the age gap), and that Dinah will either find her voice in this marriage or wash her hands of this bad romance for good.