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Twelve Brothers in Silk

The Twelve Brothers in Silk
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Birds of Prey (vol. 1) #81 (June 2005)
Created by Joe Bennett
Gail Simone
In-story information
Member(s) Rabbit, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig

The Twelve Brothers in Silk, also known as The Silk Brothers, is a group of fictional comic book villains, a family of killers that have fought the Birds of Prey in the DC Comics Universe. They were created by artist Joe Bennett and writer Gail Simone.


  • History 1
  • White Canary 2
  • Powers and abilities 3
  • Other versions 4
  • In other media 5
  • References 6


The Twelve Brothers, 12 martial artists named after the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, first appeared in the employ of Mister Tan, a Singaporean drug lord. Posing as American mobsters, Wildcat and Black Canary attempted to fool Mister Tan into selling them all of his drugs, which would ultimately cripple his operations while simultaneously depriving the real American mafia of one of their main drug suppliers.

Led by Huang Chao Ran, the brother known as Rabbit, the Twelve Brothers monitored Black Canary and Wildcat during these dealings, attempting to determine if they were legitimate. Their attempts to force Canary and Wildcat to reveal their true identities failed, and culminated in a spar between Rabbit and Black Canary that was interrupted by a furious Mister Tan.

Mister Tan realized that he had been set up after agreeing to the terms Canary stipulated, and in an attempt to avoid being ruined he arranged for a real mob group to buy his drug shipment. The Twelve Brothers accompanied the shipment to protect it, and met Canary and a group of fighters in America. The two groups agreed to a duel.

Canary's team consisted of herself, Wildcat, Richard Dragon, Green Arrow II (Connor Hawke), Savant and Creote, and Huntress. Before the fight could end in one side's clear defeat, however, Canary signaled her team mate Lady Blackhawk to attack the drug shipment, destroying it. Canary then gave Rabbit an ultimatum: with the shipment destroyed he had already failed in his mission. The only way the brothers could be sure to walk away with their record of never losing intact was to call a draw. Rabbit agreed, and the groups parted ways.

White Canary
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Birds of Prey (vol. 2) #1 (July 2010)
Created by Gail Simone
Ed Benes
In-story information
Abilities Expert martial artist and weapons master.

White Canary

During the Birds Of Prey relaunch tie in with Brightest Day, it is revealed that one of the female children born to Huang was spared after lightning appeared on the day of her birth and killed her midwife, making Huang believe that something powerful wanted her to live.[1] She was trained by her brothers in the same techniques, and after their defeat at the hands of Black Canary she hunted them down and killed them for dishonoring their father's name. Now calling herself White Canary, she traveled to Gotham and set up to blackmail Black Canary by revealing her secret identity and threatening to kill one teammate for each hour that passed, enlisting the help of Oswald Cobblepot and Savant and Creote.[2][3][4] Upon being defeated by Black Canary she denied being responsible for the death of a kidnapper in Iceland to frame Black Canary, claiming that it was in fact Lady Shiva, and offers Black Canary help in killing Shiva if she is set free.

Later, White Canary takes Black Canary to Bangkok and reveals that she is holding Black Canary's adopted daughter Sin as a hostage, and will kill her if Black Canary does not battle Lady Shiva in a duel to the death. Black Canary agrees despite her broken wrist, but at the last minute Helena Bertinelli challenges Shiva in her place, buying Black Canary enough time to find Sin and get her to safety, and Lady Shiva agrees to put their duel off until a later time. White Canary reluctantly concedes, but promises that Black Canary has not seen the last of her.[5]

Powers and abilities

Each of Twelve Brothers in Silk is considered almost Lady Shiva level in skill. Given that they fight as a group, this makes them one of the most feared forces in the criminal world.

They allow themselves no alcohol, women, or other "vices" except for fighting. They value honor highly, and Black Canary both exploited this and was careful to respect it — they would do anything to avoid "losing face", but to dishonor them would mean making a powerful enemy for life.

Although they fight side by side, their greatest weakness is supposedly that they don't really care about one another.

Other versions

  • White Canary appears in the Ame-Comi Girls comic book series. This version is a superheroine instead of a villain and possesses the sonic scream known as the "Canary Cry." Like her previous appearances though, she is still of Asian descent and retains her anonymity.

In other media


  1. ^ Birds Of Prey (vol. 2) #4 (October 2010)
  2. ^ Birds Of Prey (vol. 2) #1 (July 2010)
  3. ^ Birds Of Prey (vol. 2) #2 (August 2010)
  4. ^ Birds Of Prey (vol. 2) #3 (September 2010)
  5. ^ Birds Of Prey (vol. 2) #6 (December 2010)
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (May 14, 2015). "DC's Legends of Tomorrow reveals Caity Lotz's character". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
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