Harbinger (DC Comics)
Art by George Pérez
|First appearance||(as Lyla) New Teen Titans vol. 1 Annual #2 (July 1983)
(as Harbinger) Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (April 1985)
|Created by||Marv Wolfman
|Alter ego||Lyla Michaels|
|Team affiliations||New Guardians
Black Lantern Corps
|Abilities||Self-duplication and reintegration, energy materialization, superhuman strength, flight, and possessed an orb that recorded every bit of history in the multiverse and beyond while allowing for teleportation through space, time, dimensions, and realities.|
Fictional character biography
She and her associate, the Monitor, made several short teasing appearances in various DC comic books up until 1985, when the Crisis on Infinite Earths began. Up until Crisis, she and Monitor appeared to be simple, albeit somewhat pompous, weapons brokers. At the time, she was named Lyla Michaels, and served the Monitor as a fairly conventional secretary.
All that changed in Crisis, where she adopted the name and appearance of Harbinger, revealed her power of splitting into various selves that could reintegrate later, and sent those selves through various points in time and space (across various realities, even), initially to recruit the aid of heroes for the Monitor's fight against his evil twin, the Anti-Monitor. That conflict and its consequences were the core of the Crisis limited series.
She was also a central character in the Millennium crossover, had a couple of spotlights (in DC Presents and Titans Spotlight), and was a member of the New Guardians. At one point she was invited to serve the island nation of Themyscira as the Amazons' official historian.
When the newest Supergirl lived on Themyscira to learn battle tactics, she and Harbinger developed a close friendship. However, that did not last long once Darkseid's forces attacked: Harbinger was slain by the Female Furies on the shores of the island while Doomsday clones attracted the attention of the other warriors.
Harbinger was reanimated as a Black Lantern during the Blackest Night crossover. She uses her knowledge of history to provoke her targets by bringing up emotional memories, but is destroyed with the other Black Lanterns.
In other media
- Lyla appears in the September 28, 2010 direct-to-DVD film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, voiced by Rachel Quaintance. In the film she lives on Themyscira among the Amazons. When she begins to receive horrible visions of Supergirl's death she joins Wonder Woman in trying to stop the visions from taking place. In trying to save Supergirl from Darkseid's forces, she dies in her place.
- A reimagined version of Lyla Michaels appears in the television series Arrow, portrayed by Audrey Marie Anderson. In the season one episode "Unfinished Business", she is introduced as an "old friend" of John Diggle from Afghanistan, now working as an A.R.G.U.S. agent. Diggle gives her information relating to Deadshot, hoping it will help her avenge his brother's death. In the episode "Home Invasion", she sets up a sting to capture Deadshot, and she uses the codename "Harbinger". In the season two episode "Keep Your Enemies Closer", she is captured in Russia while searching for Deadshot; she is revealed as Diggle's ex-wife. Anderson returned in the episode Suicide Squad as a member of the team, again using the codename "Harbinger".  In the second season finale "Unthinkable", she helps John, Oliver Queen, Roy Harper and Sara Lance to stop Deathstroke and his army; Amanda Waller reveals that Lyla is pregnant with John's child.
- On July 7, 2005 the DC Comics owned company DC Direct released an action figure of Harbinger as part of the line of Crisis action figures.
- Countdown to Adventure #1
- R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 (2009)
- Narcisse, Evan (February 21, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: AMANDA WALLER UNLEASHES THE SUICIDE SQUAD ON "ARROW"". Comic Book Resource.