Sasha Bordeaux* was personal body guard for hire. At the behest of the police and shareholders she became hooked client Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #751 after No Man’s Land and quickly discovered his alter ego. She became his apprentice and started up as a vigilante until the murder of Vesper Fairchild, one of Bruce’s ex-girlfriends.

Both were framed for the murder and arrested without solid alibis and strong evidence planted against them. Sasha had several chances to recant on her boss and reveal his secret but she kept it out of loyalty and love for him even after he had broken out and left her in Blackgate alone. While in prison she was bullied and then murdered.

Bruce tracked her death to Checkmate, a secret government organization he butted heads with and discovered Sasha was not dead but recruited. With her formidable skills she was an asset to the organization. She underwent surgery to change her appearance and discarded her old life as a bodyguard. 

Sasha works her way up through Checkmate eventually working right hand to Maxwell Lord. When all hell breaks loose, she betrays the crazy man by warning Batman and gets captured. During all the OMAC skirmish, she’s turned into a OMAC cyborg. She retains her human figure and free will but with changes like in her eye. 

She eventually becomes Black Queen of Checkmate and dates Mr. Terrific and is an amazing awesome chick, you should read about her.


  • Detective Comics 751 (first appearence)
  • Batman: Bruce Wayne, Murder? and Fugitive volumes
  • OMAC
  • Checkmate Vol 2
  • Final Crisis Resist

*Those are all the same person in the photoset. Crazy right?  She’s that cool

Under the influence of fear gas, Bruce has several hallucinations of his bodyguard, Sasha, telling him that a member his family has died. First is Alfred, and Bruce is forced take a moment to collect himself, think about it rationally, and face the fear. Next are Tim and Leslie, and Bruce explains to himself why he fears for them and works through it. Then Sasha tells him that something has happened to Dick, and Bruce doesn’t even let her finish what she’s saying.

(And actually, this does kind of fit in with Bruce’s dislike of Dick being a cop. Bruce worries.)

(Gotham Knights #23)