Real Name: Kira

Identity/Class: Human;
   Japanese citizen

Occupation: Martial artist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Lord Darkwind, Yuriko Oyama

Enemies: Bullseye

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Japan

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Daredevil I#198 (September, 1983); (seen) Daredevil I#199 (October, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Kira is a skilled samurai, trained by Lord Darkwind. He specializes in using swords.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

(Daredevil I#198 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Darkwind recruited young men to serve in his private army on his private island, among them was Kira. Kira trained as a soldier, but he fell in love with Darkwind's daughter, Yuriko Oyama, seeing past the scars on her face.

(Daredevil I#199) - Kira prepared himself for war as Lord Darkwind's enemies drew near, but Darkwind instead wanted Kira to escort Bullseye by boat to the mainland. Ashamed, Kira asked if he could wear his swords, and Darkwind said yes so long as they were kept sheathed. On the boat, Kira realized that Bullseye (who was recently out of surgery) was not going to keep his promise to Darkwind and become his assassin. Kira was furious and drew his sword, but Bullseye hit him in the head with a bottle, and Kira fell overboard. Back ashore, Kira was reunited with Yuriko and her ally Daredevil. Kira was ashamed at letting Darkwind down, but Yuriko said he was free of Darkwind forever, as she'd helped defeat him.

(Alpha Flight I#34 (fb)) - Unable to contain his shame, Kira committed suicide by seppuku in front of Yuriko, bidding her farewell.

Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil, William Johnson, and Danny Bulanadi.

For those not in the know: Yuriko Oyama is Lady Deathstrike. Lord Darkwind is her dad!
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Chadman.

Kira has no known connections to:

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Daredevil I#199, p23, pan4 (main) Daredevil I#199, p9, pan5 (Kira kneeling) Alpha Flight I#34, p8, pan4 (suicide)

Daredevil I#198-199 (September-October, 1983) - Denny O'Neil (writer/editor), William Johnson (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Linda Grant (editor)
Alpha Flight I#34 (May, 1986) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Gerry Talaoc (inker), Carl Potts (editor)

First Posted: 01/25/2019
Last updated: 01/25/2019

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