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Abandoned Love: Why Lady Deathstrike’s Vendetta Against Wolverine is the Dumbest

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Abandoned Love: Why Lady Deathstrike’s Vendetta Against Wolverine is the Dumbest

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Smokescreen, we look at the bizarre way that Lady Deathstrike’s vendetta against Wolverine began…

Okay, so Yuriko Oyama, the woman who would later become Lady Deathstrike, debuted in 1983’s Daredevil #197 (by Denny O’Neil, William Johnson and Mike Mignola). Daredevil is trying to track down Bullseye, who has headed to Japan for an experimental procedure to cure him after being crippled following a fall from a great height back in Daredevil #181 by using metal to replace some of his bones (it’s kind of vague). On the way, Daredevil encounters a prisoner named Yuriko…

Note that they don’t say ADAMANTIUM here. Adamantium is never mentioned in this three-parter or when Daredevil fights the healed Bullseye in Daredevil #200. So Yuriko explains the origins of the man doing the procedure, Lord Dark Wind, to Daredevil…

Shockingly enough (said no one), Yuriko turns out to be Dark Wind’s daughter. She hates him for having her brothers brand her (and then driving her brothers to their deaths in attempts to kill the Japanese prime minister) and also because her boyfriend, Kira (I am pretty sure that’s supposed to be Kiro, no?), is devoted to serving her father.

In Daredevil #199, we learn Dark Wind’s plan. He healed Bullseye so that Bullseye would assassinate a trade minister for Dark Wind, as Dark Wind hates “modern” Japan and now that his sons are dead, he doesn’t have anyone else he trusts for such a mission…

Everything comes to a head at the end when Dark Wind is about to kill Daredevil (after Kira/o was sent by Dark Wind to take the healed Bullseye to kill the minister. Bullseye betrays them, though, and leaves Kira/o for dead).

So that seems nicely resolved, right? Yuriko was a pretty nice lady. That is, until Bill Mantlo got his hands on her. Read on to see how we got the introduction of Lady Deathstrike!

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