Art by Scott Eaton
|First appearance||Uncanny X-men #229 (May 1988)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont|
|In story information|
Skullbuster (Cylla Markham)
In the fictional Marvel Comics universe the Reavers are a team of criminal cyborgs. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc In Comic books and other stories with a long history first appearance refers to the first occurrence to feature a Fictional character. Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950) is a writer of American Comic books known for his 16-year (1975-1991 stint on Uncanny X-Men Marc Silvestri (born March 29, 1958) is an American Comic book artist, creator and publisher Donald Pierce is a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe Lady Deathstrike ( Yuriko Oyama) occasionally spelled "Deathstryke" is a Marvel Comics Supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Elixir ( Joshua "Josh" Foley) is a Fictional character, a mutant in the and a student at the Xavier Institute. Fiction is the telling of stories which are not real More specifically fiction is an imaginative form of Narrative, one of the four basic Rhetorical modes. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc A team comprises a group of people or Animals linked in a common purpose A cyborg is a Cybernetic Organism ( ie, an organism that has both artificial and natural systems The most significant team of Reavers were dedicated to the destruction of the mutant X-Men, and a number of them especially wanted to take revenge on one particular X-Man, Wolverine. A mutant within the Marvel Comic books particularly those of the X-Men mythos is an individual who possesses a genetic trait called an The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The name was originally used by a gang of Australian cyborgs. The name later referred to a group under the leadership of Donald Pierce, comprised of the three survivors from the original Reavers along with other cyborgs. Donald Pierce is a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe
These Reavers should not be confused with the Reavers of the planet Arcturus IV, who exist in the future of the alternate reality Earth-691 and are involved in the histories of the Guardians of the Galaxy members Starhawk and Aleta. In the fictional Marvel Comics multiverse, Earth 691 or Earth-691 is the name used to identify a secondary continuity inhabited by Killraven Guardians of the Galaxy, may refer to Guardians of the Galaxy (Original, the original team from Earth-691 Guardians of the Galaxy (Modern For the second Starhawk see Aleta Ogord Starhawk ( Stakar Vaughn Ogord) is a Fictional character, a Superhero Aleta Ogord, briefly also known as Starhawk, is a Fictional character, a Superheroine in a future of the Marvel Comics universe
The first of the future Reavers to encounter any of the X-Men was Donald Pierce, when he was the White Bishop of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, who bears bionic arms and legs. The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Donald Pierce is a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe The Hellfire Club is a Marvel Comics Supervillain team that frequently battles the X-Men. Bionics (also known as biomimetics, biognosis, Biomimicry, or bionical creativity engineering) is the application of biological Once, when Wolverine broke into the Club's Manhattan mansion, he severed Pierce's cybernetic arm from the rest of his body. Cybernetics is the interdisciplinary study of the Structure of Complex systems especially Communication processes control mechanisms and Feedback Months later, Pierce rebelled against the rest of the Inner Circle, which was dominated by mutants led by Black King Sebastian Shaw. Sebastian Hiram Shaw is a fictional Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe, and is an adversary of the X-Men Pierce abducted Shaw's aide Tessa and held her captive. Sage, also known as Tessa, is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe However, Pierce was thwarted by Professor Charles Xavier and his new team, the New Mutants. Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero known as the leader and founder of The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams Tessa regained her freedom, and Pierce was expelled from membership in the Inner Circle.
Three other future 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. Adamantium is a fictional metallic or crystalline substance which has seen extensive use in comics cartoons and video games The Inner Circle then had the three men converted into cyborgs. A cyborg is a Cybernetic Organism ( ie, an organism that has both artificial and natural systems 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. In the fictional Marvel Comics universe, the X-Mansion, the common name for the Xavier Mansion, is the base of operations and training site of the They were seen again working directly for Donald Pierce when he rebelled against the rest of the Hellfire Club.
Lady Deathstrike had herself transformed into a cyborg by the other-dimensional being called Spiral, in an attempt to gain the means to kill Wolverine, as adamantium had been bonded to his bones in a process stolen from her father, Lord Dark Wind. Lady Deathstrike ( Yuriko Oyama) occasionally spelled "Deathstryke" is a Marvel Comics Supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Spiral ( Rita Wayword) is a Fictional character, a Supervillainess in the Marvel Comics universe. Lord Dark Wind ( Professor Kenji Oyama) is a Fictional character from Marvel Comics. She then led Cole, Macon, and Reese in an unsuccessful attempt to slay Wolverine in Manhattan. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Wolverine was assisted in his escapes by the young Katie Power. Energizer ( Kate "Katie" Power) is a fictional character in Marvel Comics' Universe.
Meanwhile a group of cyborg thieves calling themselves the Reavers had been operating out of a base in Australia. Their base was a ghost town which was inexplicably equipped with advanced computers and a sub-basement and tunnel system. A ghost town is a Town or City that has been abandoned usually because the economic activity that supported it has failed or due to natural or human-caused The Reavers coerced the mutant teleporter Gateway to teleport them from Australia to locations around the world to conduct their violent robberies. Gateway is a Fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe, an Australian mutant with the ability to teleport objects and Informed of the Reavers' existence by Roma, the X-Men expelled them from their Australian base, which they then co-opted for their own use. Roma is a Fictional character featured in numerous Marvel Comics titles The X-Men destroyed some of the Reavers and forced most of the rest to enter the Siege Perilous. Siege Perilous was the name of two devices in the Marvel Universe, created by Comic book writer Chris Claremont. However, three Reavers (Pretty Boy, Skullbuster, and Bonebreaker) escaped.
The Reavers were then reassembled under the leadership of Donald Pierce. Pierce combined the three survivors of the original Reavers with Lady Deathstrike and the three former Hellfire Club mercenaries into a formidable team. While the X-Men, whose numbers had dwindled, were away from their Australian base, the Reavers retook the ghost town. When Wolverine returned from a leave of absence in Madripoor to find the X-Men gone, he was taken by surprise, captured, tortured and crucified by the Reavers. Madripoor is a Fictional Comic book island located in Southeast Asia in the Marvel Comics universe.
Meanwhile, Psylocke who had a premonition (apparently transmitted by Gateway) of danger waiting in the ghost town, took drastic action to escape when the X-Men were teleported back to the ghost town. Through telepathic mind control, she forced the remaining X-Men (herself included) to travel through the Siege Perilous, barely escaping the approaching Reavers and mystically rebirthing the X-Men elsewhere with no memory of their real lives. Telepathy ( Greek τηλε tele meaning "distant" and πάθεια patheia meaning "to be affected by" describes the purported transfer Mind control is a broad range of psychological tactics able to subvert an individual's control of his own thinking, behavior emotions or decisions Siege Perilous was the name of two devices in the Marvel Universe, created by Comic book writer Chris Claremont. Wolverine later escapes the Reavers only with the aid of Jubilee. Jubilation "Jubilee" Lee is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics superheroine associated with the X-Men.
Around this time, in Punisher Volume II #33, three Reavers, Bonebreaker, Reese and Pretty Boy, are dispatched to a New York warehouse after Microchip, an associate of the Punisher, in a self-confessed mistake, infiltrates their computer system. Linus "Microchip" Lieberman (often known as Micro) is a fictional Comic book character in the Marvel Universe. The Punisher ( Frank Castle) is a fictional Antihero that appears in the Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The temporary absence of Gateway gives Punisher and Micro enough time to evacuate and set up resistance. One of the Reaver's biggest obstacles is a device designed by Micro, nicknamed Dalek. A Dalek (, ˈdɑːlεk is a member of a Fictional extraterrestrial race of Mutants from the British science fiction television Its telescoping guns and multi-directional fire become very difficult to overcome. Even though, Punisher and Microchip barely survive. The Dalek and the warehouse are destroyed and the two escape through the sewer.
The Reavers then attacked Muir Island, theorizing that it was Wolverine's most likely destination. Muir Island is a small fictional island off of the northern coast of Scotland in the Marvel Comics universe. During the assault on Muir Island, Skullbuster was rendered inoperative by sniper fire from Forge. Forge is a Fictional character in the, a Superhero associated with The X-Men.  Donald Pierce later transformed a gravely wounded pilot named Cylla Markham into the new Skullbuster (although she usually just went by the name Cylla).
As part of the Upstarts' game, Trevor Fitzroy dispatches his own Sentinels to the Reavers' Australian hideout to kill Pierce (and anyone else they found there). In the ensuing battle, only Pierce, Lady Deathstrike and Cylla escape the massacre, Pierce seemingly only making it as far as the Hellfire Club before he was "killed". Cylla later resurfaces, allying herself with Bloodscream in an attempt to murder Wolverine. Bloodscream ( Zachariah Ravenscraft) is a Fictional character, a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe However, Bloodscream betrayed her and sucked the life from her, killing her.
However, most Reavers somehow survive their supposed deaths. They later return to battle the X-Treme X-Men on behalf of the Shadow King. X-Treme X-Men was a Comic book published by Marvel Comics from 2001 through 2004. The Shadow King is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. 
Donald Pierce puts together a new group of Reavers, composed of young anti-mutant humans. A mutant within the Marvel Comic books particularly those of the X-Men mythos is an individual who possesses a genetic trait called an This includes Elixir, who at the time was unaware that he was a mutant. Elixir ( Joshua "Josh" Foley) is a Fictional character, a mutant in the and a student at the Xavier Institute. They are defeated by a de-facto new version of the New Mutants. The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams Pierce himself has the skin decayed from his body by Wither. Wither ( Kevin Ford) is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe, a member of the student body at the Xavier Institute He is turned over to the police. Pierce had injured Wallflower during the battle. Wallflower ( Laurie Collins) is a Fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe, one of the student body in the Xavier Institute Elixir saves her, when his former comrades learn of this, they give him a beating and kick him out of the orginization. The group later breaks Pierce out of prison and makes another attempt on Elixir's life, but they are defeated by the surviving core members of the original New Mutants team.
The Reavers returned to play a role in the current Messiah Complex event, under the leadership of Lady Deathstrike. Judging from the design of their costumes, as well as their rhetoric in battle, these newest Reavers are simply existing members of the Purifiers upgraded with cybernetics rather than classic members of the team. The Purifiers, also known as the Stryker Crusade, are a fictional paramilitary/ terrorist organization in the Marvel Comics universe and enemies Deployed as an elite commando unit designed to eliminate organized mutant resistance, the Reavers manage to track down and confront Cable in Alberta before being attacked by the new X-Force. In the ensuing battle, Deathstrike and the Reavers are all terminated by Wolverine's strike team, but not before killing the mutant Caliban. Caliban is a mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe. The character's first appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #148 Whether Deathstrike survived the clash, or whether the Purifiers will be able to upgrade more of their fighters with Reaver tech to replace the ones lost in Canada, remains to be seen.
In the Age of Apocalypse, Reavers were a band of human traitors serving Apocalypse. Lady Deathstrike ( Yuriko Oyama) occasionally spelled "Deathstryke" is a Marvel Comics Supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Lady Deathstrike ( Yuriko Oyama) occasionally spelled "Deathstryke" is a Marvel Comics Supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially The "Age of Apocalypse" is a popular X-Men Story arc. They have been enhanced with Apocalypse's techno-organic virus, which allows them to merge with both organic and mechanical materials.
Rather than being a specific team of supervillains, the Ultimate continuity's version of the Reavers are human gladiators who have undergone surgery to become cyborgs for the specific purpose of hunting down mutants on live television. Ultimate Marvel is an Imprint of Comic books published by Marvel Comics, featuring reimagined and updated versions of the company's most popular Superhero Gladiators (gladiatores "swordsmen" or "one who uses a sword" from la ''gladius'' "sword" were professional fighters in Ancient Rome who fought They are led by Ultimate Deadpool. Deadpool is a fictional Comic book character sometimes depicted as a Mercenary or Antihero; he appears in books published by Marvel Some do retain the names of the 616 Reavers, such as 'Bonebreaker'.
The Reavers, led by Lady Deathstrike, make an appearance in the X-Men Animated Series.
Bonebreaker appears as an enemy character in the 1992 X-Men arcade game by Konami. X-Men is an Arcade game produced by Konami in 1992. It is a side-scrolling Beat 'em up based on the characters of the same name Bonebreaker also appears as a boss in the The Punisher arcade game by Capcom, with Pretty Boy appearing as a normal enemy in the same game. The Punisher is a 1993 Arcade game released by Capcom which stars the Marvel Comics Anti-hero, The Punisher