Real Name: Eliza Martinez
Identity/Class: Human (resurrected) (late 16th Century)
(citizen of Japan)
Occupation: Assassin, warrior
Group Membership: The Hand;
formerly Ishiyama Sword School
Affiliations: The Hand, Kagenobu
Sasaki, foreigners to Japan (Mr. Fernandez,
others selected by the Hand)
Known Relatives: Mr. Martinez (father), mother
Base of Operations: Kyushu, Japan
First Appearance: Elektra: The Hand#3
Powers/Abilities: Eliza Martinez has been
trained to peak athlete levels in endurance, running and agility. She
is a highly skilled ninja assassin and a master of combat martial arts. She is trained in the use particularly of
sai, as well as other weapons such as shuriken, katana and archery.
Eliza has excellent stealth capabilities and is very aware of her
surroundings, anticipating potential attacks. Her resurrection by the
Hand included brainwashed loyalty to the Hand.
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: White (formerly brown)
(Elektra: The Hand#3 (fb) - BTS) - European
Mr. Martinez came to Japan in the late 16th Century and fell in love
with a local woman. They wed and had a daughter Eliza but the mother
was ridiculed and eventually slain in front of Eliza by three ronin who
deemed her a traitor to the Japanese race. The father raised Eliza by
himself in Japan, traveling from port to port, but Eliza was never
accepted by locals. Hearing of the Ishiyama Sword School headed by the
orphan Kagenobu Yoshioka (who had since founded the covert nationalist
Hand organization), Mr. Martinez hoped he could help Eliza.
(Elektra: The Hand#3 (fb))
- In 1590, Mr. Martinez and Eliza approached the School but were knocked
back, the father threatened by the xenophobic Yoshioka, but Eliza
glared him down. Recognizing his own hatred for those who hurt him,
Yoshioka eventually took Eliza in, despite his colleague Daisuke
Sasaki's racist protestations. Eliza dedicated herself to training and
mastering the skills of the School, but mutual attraction with Yoshioka blossomed.
Two years later, an apparently compliant Sasaki insisted that Eliza's
ninja skills be tested. Although protective, Yoshioka sent her on her
first mission in her black armor and assorted weaponry.
(Elektra: The Hand#4 (fb)) - Eliza completed her
kill, realizing too late it was her father's friend Mr.
Fernandez. She learned later that she was now part of the Hand's agenda
to slay all foreigners (excepting her father for his unwitting spy
information). Initially reluctant, she embraced the Hand's xenophobic
fury and romance with Yoshioka. Together, they led many Hand raids. But
Sasaki had sown dissent against Eliza and sent a Hand assassin against
Eliza whom she defeated; she informed Yoshioka and he in turn
confronted and killed Sasaki. Meanwhile, Eliza found her father had
been slain by the Hand. Reunited, the couple found themselves isolated
from the Hand and soon surrounded by Hand forces led by rebelling Hand
(Elektra: The Hand#5 (fb)) - Eliza and Yoshioka
fought back to back against overwhelming odds. Three Hand generals fell
plus many ninjas until Yoshioka received a lethal wound. He asked that
Eliza deliver the killing stroke in love. She defiantly called out that
Hand had taken everything from her, but that her life was still her own
and she chose to end it, impaling herself on her sai. Acknowledging her fearsome fighting abilities, a
tattooed sorcerous senior member of the Hand then commanded that Eliza's
body be made ready for resurrection so that she could fight further for
the Hand. Later, Eliza's corpse was revived on a dais and set for brainwashing to be commanded by the Hand.
Comments: Created by C.B. Cebulski, Christian Gossett, Jonathan Glapion.
The entire story is taught as a history lesson of the Hand by a Hand member to Elektra.
Unfortunately, the five rebels who became the inner
circle of the Hand were not named.
is the ancient code of the samurai warrior that may have origins from
Century and flourished in the 17th Century.
Thanks to comics.org for identifying that the credited author Akira Yoshida was actually C.B.Cebulski.
Apparently Cebulski initially intended Elektra: The Hand to a trilogy of stories, but low sales confined it to only the first arc, so who knows the future of the resurrected Sasaki? It would make a good short tale in a rebooted Marvel Comics Presents, Holiday Special or Fanfare, or a back-up story somewhere.
This profile was completed 09/04/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Eliza Martinez has no known connections to:
Elektra: The Hand#5, p18 (main image)
Elektra: The Hand#3, cover (headshot, child)
Elektra: The Hand#3, p22, pan1 (first black armor)
Elektra: The Hand#3 (December, 2004) - C.B. Cebulski [as Akira Yoshida] (writer), Christian Gossett (pencils), Jonathan Glapion (inks), Mackenzie Cadenhead (editor)
Elektra: The Hand#4 (January, 2005) - C.B. Cebulski [as Akira Yoshida] (writer), Christian Gossett (pencils), Jonathan Glapion (inks), Mackenzie Cadenhead (editor)
Elektra: The Hand#5 (February, 2005) - C.B. Cebulski [as Akira Yoshida] (writer), Christian Gossett (pencils), Jonathan Glapion (inks), Mackenzie Cadenhead (editor)
First posted: 09/29/2021
Last updated: 09/28/2021
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