Backstory:Dustin Drake was born the child of a teenage single mother, handed into foster care at the age of four. Considered a troublemaker, he moved from foster home to foster home, and finally ran away at the age of ten. Taking to the streets of Gotham, he was caught dumpster diving by Desmond Lamar, an ex-Special Forces agent and martial arts sensei who took him in, offering him a job to clean his dojo after classes, and in return he would provide him with food and a safe place to sleep. At his request, Lamar took to teaching him the same teaching he provided his students, and he became his regular. When Lamar contracted fatal brain cancer, he left hi. his dojo. Unfortunately, he was the only one who could keep the local gangs from getting protection money out of them. Dustin's martial arts prowess could only keep them at bay for so long. Eventually he began losing students who feared the possibility of their retaliation.Dustin's dojo was destroyed in a fire. It was at this point, John Lynch, impressed by his martial arts prowess in taking down several ninjas during an attack, recruited him into Team 7.During his tenure with Team 7, Dustin works as a covert ops agent in charge of infiltration. He is given the codename Operative Canary. It is during this time that Dustin's powers are subsequently awakened after being tested metagene-positive. Toward the end of the Team 7 run during a mission to retrieve Pandora's Box, Dustins's sonic scream surfaces and are amplified by Kurt's, the after-effect of which ultimately destroyed the island of Gamorra. In the aftermath, Kurt is presumed dead and Team 7 is mothballed, leaving Dustin a fugitive on the run from authorities and an outlaw codenaming himself Black Canary.
After Team 7, Black Canary continues freelance covert operations hunting the terrorist network known as Basilisk, and later attempts to form a team recruiting Starling, Katana, Poison Ivy, and later Batgirl. The team is ambushed by treachery from Poison Ivy and eventually Starling,pressuring Dinah to question her leadership. (Dustin is a Hero from Earth-11 a genderswap earth who has traveled to Earth one)