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"I guess you're not the only one that's full of surprises."
—Sue Dearbon to Ralph Dibny[src]

Sue Dearbon is a former socialite who grew up in a lavish lifestyle. She is now a thief who pretended to be a missing person, investigated by Ralph Dibny. While investigating Joseph Carver, she disguised herself as an underground arms dealer named January Galore.

Biography

Original multiverse

Sue is the daughter of Richard and Penelope Dearbon.[1] At some point, Sue disappeared, which led to her family asking Ralph to investigate and find her in June 2019.[2]

Sue went to Remington Meister's auction as January Galore, and waited in the hall before it started, where she met Barry Allen and Ralph Dibny. Later, during the auction, she bid $500 million on the Ring of Fire, but was outbid by a seemingly drunk Barry who instigated a fight on stage with Ultraviolet while Ralph fought Meister. She stayed and watched the fight, and also the activation of the Ring of Fire which targeted Central City. She left when Meister and Ultraviolet were defeated.[3]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Sue as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[4] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[5]

New multiverse

She learned of Dibny's investigation and in February 2020, she returned to Central City to meet Ralph. She manipulated him into helping her rob the criminal John Loring under the lie that they were stealing records of his crimes. Even after Ralph found out the truth, he refused to give up on Sue and saved her life from Loring and his men. Regardless, when Ultraviolet intervened, Sue bailed on Ralph and escaped, not with documents, but with a large diamond that Loring claims as his.[6]

Later, Sue investigated Black Hole at her hideout.


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Ralph called Sue's parents to have them meet him at his detective agency so that he can tell them that he had seen their daughter; Sue accompanied them and pretended that she had seen Ralph for the first time. Sue told Ralph what she had told her parents: she was missing because she was on a prayer sabbatical and lost track of time. As the Dearbons offered to pay Ralph for his time and effort, Sue and Ralph stepped out the office and talked about how Carver called her parents and said he would stop blackmailing them.

Sue Dearbon wearing a Black Hole pin

Sue wearing a Black Hole lapel

While Team Flash was evacuating the McCulloch Technologies building pending the arrival of Eva, Ralph noticed that Sue was going in the opposite direction; he stopped her and saw that she was wearing a Black Hole lapel. Sue admitted that the price she paid for her parents' freedom was to work for Carver, but she had full intent to double-cross and kill him. Ralph became too distracted with the arrival of Eva McCulloch's team to pursue her. However, when a fight erupted between Team Flash, Eva's team, and Carver's security guards, Sue arrived in time to save Elongated Man from Dr. Light. As the battle continued however, Sue and the members of Team Flash became surrounded. At the last moment, Eva declared the battle over by announcing the death of Carver.

Headline of Sue's framing by Eva

Sue framed

Sue was then framed by Eva McCulloch for Joseph Carver's murder; Ralph went to Sue to inform her.[1]

Personality

"Me, I see what I want and I take it."
—Sue Dearbon to Ralph Dibny[src]

With a mercurial personality and the ability to tell beautifully elaborate lies, Sue's personality is hard to describe as one has no idea who she truly is or what she truly wants. While Cecille felt that Sue was attracted to Ralph, Sue demonstrates that she is disgusted by his presence; while Sue says that she and John Loring were lovers, he acts as if he never met her when he sees her at the bank. However, one thing is true about Sue: she is a survivor and will do what is necessary to accomplish her true goal; whether others know what it is or not is not her concern.

Sue seems to value family to the point of becoming a member of Black Hole to protect her parents.

Abilities

  • Peak of human physical condition: Sue is in top physical condition with fast reflexes, demonstrated when she dodged Ultraviolet blast with ease. She is strong enough to knock Ralph down with a single kick. She was also unfazed from getting hit by Ultraviolet during their fight.[6]
  • High-level intellect/Skilled tactician: Sue is very intelligent and an excellent investigator, having graduated from MIT.[6]
    • Expert investigator: Sue is a very perceptive individual; she was able to quickly determine that Joseph Carver and Black Hole was connected to each other along with the diamond that John Loring had.[6]
    • Master of deception/Manipulator: Sue is highly skilled in the art of deception, using a fake sob story to trick Ralph Dibny into helping her steal a diamond.[6]
    • Multilingualism: Sue is capable of fluently speaking English, French, Spanish[6] and Italian.[7]
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Sue is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist; as seen when she went up against Ultraviolet.[6] Later she was able to swiftly disarm and knock aside Dr. Light with pure ease and was also able to go toe to toe against Sunshine and even briefly overwhelm her. Her style seems to be comprised of boxing, taekwondo, muay thai, judo, and aikido.
  • Indomitable will/High tolerance for pain: A driven and determined individual, Sue is nearly fearless and almost never gives up under most situations. Sue also has a high tolerance for pain; as she didn't display any signs of discomfort from her room blowing up or being hit repeatedly by Ultraviolet.[6]

Equipment

  • Suit: Sue uses a black elastic protective suit when carrying out ops.[6]

Former equipment

Appearances

The Flash

Season 5

  • "Legacy(name seen on file)

Season 6


Gallery

Promotional images

The Flash

Season 6

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Sue Dearbon is the wife of Ralph Dibny a.k.a. the Elongated Man. Ralph meets Sue after crashing her debutante ball under the pretext of chasing jewelry thieves. They fell in love and became a crime-fighting couple. Barry Allen was the best man at their wedding.
  • Sue was originally supposed to be introduced in Season 4 but was ultimately moved to Season 6 as Ralph Dibny was going through his own character development.
  • January Galore is a parody of Pussy Galore from the James Bond film Goldfinger.

References

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