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Irezumi (Marvel)
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Irezumi, whose name is Japanese for "tattoo," is covered with tattoos of all kinds. He can change the images of the tattoos on his chest into a likeness of an opponent, and once formed, it will hurl back (at an amplified intensity) any forced used against him by his opponent. The full extent of this ability is unknown, although he has only shown creating two images of opponents at a time. Also, it takes several seconds for his tattoos to change, and would have to stalk his opponents to form an image or wait if replacing images.

Irezumi (Japanese for "tattoo") was one of the Pacific Overlords that had been mutated by Doctor Demonicus to give him the ability to manifest tattoos on his body of any opponent that he was battling. Once the tattoos appeared on his body, Irezumi was able to redirect any force used against him back on his opponent, only double the intensity. Doctor Demonicus sent Irezumi to halt the Avengers at the Hasanuma Electronics plant in Kyoto, Japan. During the battle, Irezumi managed to seriously injured Iron Man and the Wasp, and capture them for Doctor Demonicus. Tigra managed to escape his grasp, however, and escaped via the Avengers Quinjet. Afterwards, Irezumi returned to Doctor Demonicus with the captive Avengers, where Demonicus succeeded in raising the island of Demonica. Not long after Demonica was raised, Demonicus implanted a mind-control device in Irezumi's forehead that forced him to serve Demonicus. He remained loyal to Demonicus up until he was crushed by a cave-in as Demonica was ravaged by earthquakes.


First Appearance: Avengers West Coast (1989) #72

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy (2014)

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Pacific Overlords (Marvel)

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