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This superhero-turned-rock-star may have found her worst gig ever

"Just sixty seconds and the lungs will collapse..."

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Black Canary is a comic. Well, Black Canary is a band. Well, she's a superhero. Well, she's the superhero who used to be known as Black Canary who's in the process of figuring her shit out while she performs as a frontwoman for the band Black Canary. The problem is, every time the band has a gig she winds up punching folks out — whether they're fans who get too rowdy to the band's electronic 80's goth rock style or the spectral sonic monsters that are hunting the group's guitar player, a mysterious young virtuoso. The violence is great for press but bad for getting gigs.

And if that's not enough to whet your whistle on the comic's concept, you might want to check out the actual EP that DC Comics produced for Black Canary, with vocals by Michelle Bensimon of Caveboy, because it's ... surprisingly good. No joking.

But that's just the prelude to what we're here for today. DC Comics has offered Polygon the opportunity to reveal four pages and the cover of Black Canary #9, a standalone story written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Moritat with colors by Lee Loughridge and a cover by Guillem March. When Black Canary took its latest gig, the band didn't realize it would be playing the birthday party of a strange little girl, or that her rich mom would be the queenpin of the Falcone crime family — and the band definitely didn't expect the party to be full of Gotham's classiest supervillains and assassins.

Who gets punched first? We'll find out on when the full comic hits stores on March 16, and you can catch up on issues #1-7 with Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming.