Reavers are a team of criminal cyborgs (human beings with
mechanical parts in place of some of their organic ones).
The current team of Reavers are dedicated to the destruction
of the mutant X-Men, and a number
of them especially want to take revenge on one particular
The first of the Reavers to encounter any of the X-Men
was Donald Pierce, the former White King of the Inner
Circle of the Hellfire Club,
who bears a cyborg arm. Once, when Wolverine broke into
the Club's Manhattan mansion, he severed Pierces cyborg
arm from the rest of his body, Months later, Pierce rebelled
against the rest of the Inner Circle, which was dominated
by mutants led by Black
King Sebastian Shaw. Pierce abducted Shaw's aide Tessa
and held her captive. However, Pierce was thwarted by
Xavier and his new team, the New
Mutants. Tessa regained her freedom, and Pierce was
expelled from membership in the Inner Circle.
Three other members of the Reavers, Cole, Macon, and
Reese, were formerly mercenaries employed by the inner
Circle. On the same night that he first met Pierce, Wolverine
also encountered a squad of Hellfire Club mercenaries
who had been sent to find and kill him. Wolverine lashed
out at three of them--Cole, Macon, and Reese--with his
adamantium claws, leaving the three of them severely wounded.
The Inner Circle then had the three man converted into
cyborgs. Cole, Macon, and Reese took Wolverine prisoner
when the Inner circle attacked the X-Men's
Westchester County headquarters months later, but
Wolverine overcame the three men once more.
Yuriko Oyama was the daughter of Kanji Oyama, alias Lord
Dark Wind, a former Japanese kamikaze pilot during World
War II who had survived his suicidal assault on an American
battleship. Kanji Oyama felt shamed by his survival. His
face was scarred by the crash of his plane, and he likewise
scarred the faces of his two sons and his daughter. Lord
Dark Wind developed a means for bonding the virtually,
indestructible steel alloy adamantium to human bone, with
which he hoped to create an army of superhuman soldiers
for Japan. However, his notes were stolen, and it took
him years to rediscover the process.
Lord Dark Wind despised postwar Japanese civilization.
He had the assassin Bullseye,
many of whose bones had been shattered in a battle with
the crimefighter Daredevil,
brought to his island off the Japanese coast. There Dark
Wind replaced some of the Bullseye's broken bones with
adamantium substitutes, hoping that in return Bullseye
would assassinate Japan's minister of trade for him. Arriving
in Japan intent on recapturing Bullseye, Daredevil encountered
Yuriko Oyama. She sought vengeance on her father, both
for scarring her and for the deaths of her, brothers,
who had somehow perished in Lord Dark Wind's service.
Moreover, the young man Yuriko loved, Kira, served in
Dark Wind's private army, and she did not want her father
to cause him harm. Yuriko guided Daredevil to her father's
private island. Bullseye escaped from the island, and
Yuriko herself slew Lord Dark Wind just as he was about
to kill Daredevil.
But after Daredevil himself left, Kira committed suicide
in despair over Lord Dark Wind's death. The shock of Kira's
death radically altered Yudko's outlook on life. She came
to adopt her late father's points of view. She became
convinced that Wolverine had gained his own adamantlure-laced
skeleton by the process stolen from her father. Hence,
garbed as a female samurai and calling herself Lady Deathstrike,
Yudko led a number of her father's warriors to Canada
where they confronted and tried to kill Wolverine. Lady
Deathstrike herself wielded a sword that gave off destructive
energy. However, Lady Deathstrike was defeated by Wolverine's
friend Heather Hudson, the second Vindicator.
Lady Deathstrike was herself transformed into a cyborg
by the other dimensional being called Spiral. She then
led Cole, Macon, and Reese in an unsuccessful attempt
to slay Wolverine in Manhattan.
A criminal gang of cyborgs known as the Reavers and led
by the cyborg Bonebreaker operated from a small otherwise
deserted town in the Australian outback. By threatening
to destroy his people's holy ground, these Reavers forced
the aborigine Gateway
to teleport them to and from the scenes of their robberies
throughout the South Pacific. The origin of the members
of this original group of Reavers is not known. On one
occasion these Reavers robbed the Hoar International Band
in Singapore, murdering most of the Hoar family, and abducting
Jessan Hoan, who was an executive working at the bank.
(Jessan Hoan would later become the crime lord Tyger Tiger.).
In response to the assault on this bank, the sorceress
Roma transported the X-Men to the Reavers' base. There
the X-Men defeated the Reavers in battle. Three of the
Reavers--Bonebreaker, Skullbuster, and Pretty Boy--escaped
by having Gateway teleport them away. The X-Men persuaded
the remaining Reavers to pass through Roma's Siege Perilous,
a mystical doorway. Those who step through it, like, the
Captured Reavers, are judged by higher powers and are
given a chance to redeem themselves. Exactly what happened
to the Reavers who passed through the Siege Perilous is
unknown. The X-Men then adopted the Reavers base as their
own new headquarters.
As for the three Reavers who escaped, Bonebreaker was
a cyborg who had no legs but instead traveled on wheels,
Skullbuster had robotic legs, and Pretty Boy had robotic
arms that could greatly extend in length. Pretty Boy could
also project fiber-optic filaments from his eyes that
could reach into a victim's brain and reprogram his or
her mind, altering his or her personality.
Pierce reorganized the Reavers under his own leadership
as a team consisting of himself, Lady Deathstrike, Cole,
Macon, Reese, Bonebreaker, Pretty Boy, and Skullbuster.
They returned to the original Reavers's Australian base,
ambushed Wolverine when he returned there, and crucified
him. Wolverine freed himself, recovering by means of his
mutant healing factor. Ultimately he and his X-Men allies
defeated this new team of Reavers.
Pierce and his Reavers orchestrated a number of attacks
against Wolverine and his allies, all of which failed.
Shortly thereafter, the Reavers were attacked and annihilated
by giant robot Sentinels controlled by the mutant time-traveller
Pierce, Deathstrike, and Skullbuster have since reappeared,
apparently being the only members of the Reavers to have
survived Fitzroy's assault.