Harbinger (DC Comics)

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Art by George Pérez
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
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
George Pérez
In-story information
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.

Harbinger (Lyla Michaels) is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine created in the early 1980s.

Fictional character biography[edit]

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.

Post-Infinite Crisis[edit]

Donna Troy performed the same function as Harbinger during the 52 storyline. Within the new 52-Earth Multiverse, the Monitors employ several Harbingers, among them Dark Angel and The Forerunner.[1]

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,[2] but is destroyed with the other Black Lanterns.

In other media[edit]


  • 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.


  • Lyla Michaels appears on The CW's Arrow, portrayed by Audrey Marie Anderson. In the first season 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 to avenge his brother's death. In "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, and placed in a Russian Gulag while searching for Deadshot. She is revealed to be Diggle's ex-wife. Later, in a turn of events, she is rescued by Diggle and Deadshot. In Suicide Squad, Michaels is a member of Task Force X, again using the codename "Harbinger". She, Diggle, Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, and Shrapnel take on a mission in Markovia, which has ties back to Diggle and Michaels past. In "Unthinkable", she assist Diggle, Oliver Queen/the Arrow, Roy Harper/Arsenal and the Canary in stopping Deathstroke and his Mirakuru army. Later, Amanda Waller reveals that Lyla is pregnant with Diggle's child. After she gives birth to a baby girl, they decide to call her Sara, in honor of the recently killed Sara Lance. In "The Brave and the Bold" she is the target of Digger Harkness, also known as Captain Boomerang, a former Suicide Squad agent who survived the eradication of his team by the order of Michaels. Bent on revenge, he attacks A.R.G.U.S.'s headquarters, trying to kill Lyla, but is thwarted by Arrow, Arsenal and the Flash. Luring the heroes into a distraction, he manages to ambush Lyla and Felicity at the Arrowcave/Foundry, and critically wounds Lyla with a boomerang to the chest. The Flash manages to get her to a hospital, and she recovers as the heroes defeat Harkness. Diggle then visits her and asks for her hand in marriage, which she accepts.


  • 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.


  1. ^ Countdown to Adventure #1
  2. ^ R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 (2009)