Nick Name
Civilian ID
Tatsu Yamashiro


Bookstore Proprietor

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Los Angeles, California
Group Affiliation
Outsiders II
Base of Operations
Los Angeles, California
5' 2"
95 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with above average strength, stamina and agility for a woman of her age.

Unusually exceptional hand-to-hand combatant skilled in swordsmanship and the martial arts.

Telepathic rapport with her mystical sword Soultaker.


Soultaker: Ancient mystic sword which absorbs the souls of those it kills. The souls within Soultaker can communicate with its wielder and via a complex ritual be called forth to take physical form.

Various other bladed weapons.

Common Enemies
Regularly Appearing

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1

Outsiders Vol. 1 & 2

First Appearance
Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

Mike W. Barr & Jim Aparo


In the 14th Century, the mad swordsman Muramasa forged two identical katana swords, one of which called Soultaker possessed the ability to absorb the souls of its victims. In modern times these weapons came into the possession of the Yakuza mobster Takeo Yamashiro.

Bitterly envious of his brother's marriage to the beautiful Tatsu, Takeo Yamashiro influenced Soultaker to kill his brother. In the ensuing attack Tatsu's husband and children were all killed, their souls being absorbed into the blade. Vowing revenge, Tatsu obtained Soultaker and developed her skills as a martial artist to become the tragic hero Katana.

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