Rebooting the DC Universe: Batman pt. 2
In this segment, I'll be continuing my reboot of Batman with a forgotten and little known partner of his from the Ten Cent Adventures. Who is Sasha Bordeaux, and how has she affected the lives of the Bat Family in this rebooted universe?
As I said in my previous Rebooting of Batman article, I wouldn't change to much of Batman's story with the exception of the villains. However I just purchased the March 2002 issue of Batman the 10 cent Adventures today and came across a great character I wasn't aware of before. The character I'm referring to is Sasha Bordeaux.
For those who don't know, Sasha was a body guard of Bruce Wayne's, hired against Wayne's wishes by Lucius Fox. Sasha eventually discovered Wayne's secret life as Batman and became his apprentice. Eventually Sasha fell in love with Bruce and after time, Bruce returned her feelings but she told him to let her go. There's a lot more to Sasha's back story, but far to much to delve into here. You can however read up on her here: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Sasha_Bordeaux_%28New_Earth%29.
In my reboot, I would have it where Sasha is Batman's first apprentice and eventual sidekick/ partner, before Dick Grayson. She was never given a superhero name in the comics but I would have it be "Night Raven". The back story for the character would be very similar only take place years earlier, such as shortly after Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham and takes control of Wayne Enterprises. Bruce and Sasha would become romantically involved some point after his relationship with Vikki vale. Shortly before the murder of Dick Grayson's parents, Sasha disappears from Bruce's life. It becomes revealed later on that she spent her time away from Bruce arranging his meeting with Jean Paul Valley, finding Jason Todd and nursing him back to health (as in this reboot Batman never found his body after Joker's attack), leaking information to Barbara Gordon about certain criminal organizations, and even discovering Ra's Al Ghul and his League of Assassins prior to Batman's first encounter with the immortal. Over the years since her disappearance, she's kept in secret contact with Lucius Fox and Leslie Thompson and even took in Stephani Brown after Leslie sent her away claiming her to be dead. This rebooted timeline will eventually catch up with the previous as Sasha secretly begins working for Maxwell Lord in order to obtain evidence against him and eventually becomes the Black Queen of the organization Checkmate.
Shortly after Bruce Wayne announces the creation of Batman Incorporated, Sasha secretly meets with Bruce to tell him about her involvement in everything that's happened in his life since she left and to inform him of her role in Checkmate. The two part ways one more time, with her telling him that she'll continue to work as an insider for his mission and contact him with any and all information. Before she disappears, she passionately kisses him goodbye.
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