6 Jul

Subject: Lady Deathstrike
Real Name: Yuriko Darkwind
Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs.
First Appearance: Alpha Flight #33, April 1986

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 3/7
  • Fighting Ability: 6/7
  • Intelligence: 4/7

I didn’t know it until I actually did some backup research, but it seems like quite a bit of information on Deathstrike’s card is/turned out to be erroneous. Deathstrike’s real name is revealed to be Yuriko Darkwind, which seems weird for a Japanese person… turns out Yuriko’s dad, Kenji Oyama, went by the moniker of Lord Darkwind. Giving Yuriko the last name of Darkwind is like Cable having a real name of Nathan Christopher Cyclops.

Secondly, according to her Marvel Wikia page, Yuriko first appeared in Daredevil #197, August 1983, a full three years before the Alpha Flight issue mentioned in the card. Turns out she was just plain old Yuriko in the Daredevil issues, and did not take on the name of Lady Deathstrike until the Alpha Flight issues. I think the earlier appearance is the correct one.

I liked Deathstrike as a kid, she was badass and the fights with Wolvie seemed vicious (you know how women be fightin’ dirty against the guys). I say seemed because I actually don’t think I ever read any of her stories as a kid; she hardly ever actually interacted with the main team, choosing mostly to duke it out with Logan, though she did get her adamantium from Donald Pierce of the Hellfire Club.

I really like Lee’s pose for Deathstrike, but man how 90’s is that background? It looks like they were trying to fool kids into thinking this was a hologram card. And how the hell does she trump Wolverine in both Strength (4 versus 3) and Intelligence (4 versus 2)? Is this some sort of women’s rights thing?

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2 Responses to “70 – LADY DEATHSTRIKE”

  1. Drew July 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I think her strength is a result of cybernetic implants in addition to her adamantium. I could be wrong, though :P. I think she’s pretty cool, as well, but that psychedelic background actually clashes with her relatively understated color palette. She should have gotten a background similar to Psylocke’s.

  2. anderson silva July 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    The strength difference was 3-2 not 4-3… And is most likely a result of her being a full blown cyborg while Wolverine just has the unbreakable metal coating his bones.

    And 4 the record Lady Deathstrike received her transormation from Spiral. Pierce simply brought her to the body shop.

    Really good job btw. I had this full set as a kid, and i am having a blast reading some1 elses thoughts on each individual card.

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