Sensei (01 - League of Assassins)
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Master martial artist.
Ra's al Ghul may have founded the League of Assassins, but he would leave much of its affairs in the hands of Professor Ebeneezer Darrk and his second in command: the Sensei, an aged martial arts master from Hong Kong. After earning Ra's enmity (for reasons unknown) Daark died during a plot to kidnap Talia al Ghul which was foiled by The Batman.
The Sensei was put in charge of the League afterwards, however he would prove just as disloyal as his predecessor, and The Sensei would eventually struggle with Ra's al Ghul for the control of the organization. For a time, the Sensei was possessed by the spirit called Jonah, who in Sensei's body was responsible for the murder of Boston Brand, who became Deadman after his death. After a struggle with Deadman and Rama Kushna, Jonah was destroyed and the Sensei resumed control of his body. For a brief time, the Sensei assumed leadership of the League of Assassins.
By this stage The Sensei was clearly insane (if he had not been before) with no goals other than to raise assassination to an artform. Among other crimes he used Bronze Tiger, the brainwashed partner of Richard Dragon, to carry out a number of assassinations. Most notably used The Bronze Tiger to occupy Batman in battle, while other assassins killed Batman's friend Kathy Kane.
He next attempted to kill a number of dignitiaries by having the League plant explosives along a fault line, stating that using a force of nature to carry out an assassination would be his greatest work of art. Although Batman arrived in time to rescue the deligates, he was unable to stop the earthquake. With no time to pursue The Sensei himself, Batman was forced to allow Ra's al Ghul to go after the assassin. Sensei then engaged himself in a fight to the death with Ra's al Ghul, during which both of them were swallowed by the earthquake. Ra's lived thanks to his rejuvenating Lazarus Pit. The Sensei, however, did not survive.
First Appearance: Strange Adventures (1950) #215
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Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
HC Batman [GER] (2007)
- 'Eye of the Beholder'TPB
- 'Eye of the Beholder'#670
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#670 (2nd Printing)
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#670 (Sketch Variant)
- 'A Prelude to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul: Lazarus Rising'#671
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part 4: He who is Master'#704
- 'Eye of the Beholder, Part One: Hear No Evil'#705
- 'Eye of the Beholder, Part Two: See No Evil'#706
- 'Eye of the Beholder, Part Three: Speak No Evil'#707
- 'Eye Of the Beholder, Conclusion: The Evil Within'
#16 Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
- 'Wiederauferstehungstanz / Lazarus erwacht'#17
- 'Die Auferstehung des Ra's al Ghul 1-3'#18
- 'Die Auferstehung des Ra's al Ghul 4-6'
Batman Legends (2007)
Batman: Odyssey (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2011)
#1 Batman: Odyssey (2012)
- 'Part 7'#3
- 'Part 9'#4
- 'Part 10'#5
- 'Part 11'#6
- 'Part 12'#7
- 'Part 13'
HC Batman: Red Water, Crimson Death (1990)
- 'Batman: Odyssey'TPB
- 'Batman: Odyssey'
TPB Batman: Tales of the Demon (1991)
- 'Red Water, Crimson Death'
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul (2008)
HC Catwoman (1993)
- 'Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul'TPB
- 'Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul'
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams (2009)
#3 Deadman (2011)
- 'Hate is a Drug'#7
- 'The Children of Paradise'#8
- 'Spirits in the Ethereal World'#9
- 'The Enemy of My Enemy'
Detective Comics (1937)
Justice League of America (1960)
#94 Nightwing (1996)
- 'Where Strikes Demonfang?'
#138 Robin (1993)
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, Part Two: The Lesser of Two Evils'
#168 Secret Origins (1986)
- 'The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul, Part One: A Boy for the Demon'
Strange Adventures (1950)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton (2011)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
#86 The Deadman Collection (2001)
- 'You Can't Hide From A Deadman!'
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
#39 The Question (1987)
- 'Death Calls Twice For A Deadman'
Annual 01 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Fables, Part III: The Silent Parable'
- 'Krona to Losers'#20
- 'Rubberduck to Shining Knight'
League of Assassins (DC)
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