- Pretty Boy(Comics)
debut="Uncanny X-Men" #229
Chris Claremont Marc Silvestri
Pretty Boy is the name of a super villain in the
Marvel Comics Universe. He first appeared in "Uncanny X-Men" #229 (May 1988) and was created by Chris Claremontand Marc Silvestri.
The cyborg Pretty Boy was a member of the original Reavers, a gang of cyborgs living in a ghost town in Australia, who perpetrated robberies across the globe. When robbing a bank in Hong Kong, Pretty Boy took
Jessan Hoanhostage and brought her back to the Reavers' Australian base where he began to alter Jessan's mind so that she would join the team as their financial expert. The X-Men arrived and battled the Reavers, interrupting the process and freeing Jessan. Pretty Boy, Bonebreaker and Skullbuster, fled and avoided being sent through the Siege Perilous with the other Reavers.Comic book reference | Writer = Chris Claremont| Penciller = Marc Silvestri| Inker = Dan Green| Story = Down Under | Title = Uncanny X-Men | Issue = 229 | Date = May 1988 | Publisher = Marvel Comics| ] Under the leadership of Donald Pierce, the remaining Reavers allied themselves with Lady Deathstrikeand her minions and began training to defeat the X-men. The Reavers never ended up battling the X-men but encountered Wolverine, beat him half to death, and then crucified him.Comic book reference | Writer = Chris Claremont| Penciller = Marc Silvestri| Inker = Dan Green| Story = Fever Dream | Title = Uncanny X-Men | Issue = 251 | Date = November 1989| Publisher = Marvel Comics| ] After Wolverine escaped, the Reavers attacked Muir Islandwhere they battled the Muir Island X-Men and Freedom Force, killing Sunder, Stonewall, and Destiny before being defeated.Comic book reference | Writer = Chris Claremont| Penciller = Marc Silvestri| Inker = Dan Green| Story = Crash and Burn | Title = Uncanny X-Men | Issue = 255 | Date = December 1989| Publisher = Marvel Comics| ] After the Muir island massacre, Pretty Boy and the other Reavers continued to attack various heroes and mutants such as Wolverine, Rogue, and the Punisheras well as Emma Frost's factories. As part of the Upstarts' competition, Trevor Fitzroysent his Sentinel to attack Pierce and the Reavers. The Sentinels arrived in Australia and quickly dispatched the Reavers.Comic book reference | Writer = Jim Lee, John Byrne, and While Portacio| Penciller = While Portacio| Inker = Art Thibert| Story = Fresh Upstart| Title = Uncanny X-Men | Issue = 281 | Date = October 1991| Publisher = Marvel Comics| ] Pretty Boy was among the other Reavers reassembled by Pierce and the Shadow King, who attacked the X-treme X-men. While battling Sage, he pined her to the ground and attempted to reprogram her brain with the circuitry in his own. Sage proved to be more powerful and turned Pretty Boy's programming back on him. Under Sage's control, Prettyboy helped the X-Men defeat the Reavers and was then handed over to the police.Comic book reference | Writer = Chris Claremont| Penciller = Salvador Larroca| Inker = Sandu Horca| Story = Queen of Shadows | Title = X-Treme X-Men Annual 2001 | Issue = 1 | Date = February 2002| Publisher = Marvel Comics| ]
Powers and abilities
Like the other members of the Reavers, Pretty Boy is a cyborg and has bionic implants that augment strength, leaping, stamina, and reflexes beyond the levels of a normal human.
The implants of Pretty Boy also include extendible cybernetic limbs, retractable capture coils in his chest, electroshocks, and filiments released from his eyes that enter the minds of others, altering their personality to whatever Pretty Boy desires. They can also pass through computer networks or telephone lines, allowing him to see what is at the other end.
The personality change induced by Pretty Boy caused Jessan Hoan to become Tyger Tiger the crimelord of
* Pretty Boy and several other Reavers make an appearance in the 27th episode of the 1990's X-Men TV series.
* Pretty Boy appears in the "The Punisher" arcade game by Capcom.
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