NAME: Matsu’o Tsurayaba
KNOWN ALIASES: Matta
IDENTITY: Publicly known
OCCUPATION: Crime lord
CITIZENSHIP: Japanese with a criminal record
PLACE OF BIRTH: Unrevealed location in Japan
MARITAL STATUS: Unrevealed
KNOWN RELATIVES: None
GROUP AFFILIATION: The Hand (leader), Yakuza,
Upstarts, Death Touch Cult (leader), former ally of the Mandarin
FIRST APPEARANCE: Uncanny X-Men #255 (1989)
HISTORY: Nothing is known about the life
of Matsu’o Tsurayaba prior to his joining the Yakuza,
the Japanese organized crime family. In that capacity, he
became leader of a faction of the ninja clan called the
Hand, finding himself
at odds with his lover Kwannon, an assassin for a rival
crime lord, Nyoirin. After almost killing Kwannon in battle,
Tsurayaba attempted to use technology from the extradimensional
being Spiral to save her; however, Spiral instead switched
Kwannon’s consciousness with that of the female mutant
Psylocke, a member of the
mutant super-team the X-Men.
Believing Kwannon’s consciousness lost, Tsurayaba
attempted to remake Psylocke, now in Kwannon’s body,
into an assassin in the service of the would-be conqueror
the Mandarin, but Psylocke broke
free of her conditioning and, together with Wolverine
and the young mutant Jubilee,
defeated the Hand and the Mandarin.
Tsurayaba next forged an alliance with the terrorist organization Fenris and
revived the Russian super-soldier Omega Red.
Tsurayaba hoped to use Wolverine’s memories and healing factor to stabilize
the dangerous mutant, but the X-Men foiled his plans. He escaped and, cybernetically
augmenting members of the Hand as the Death Touch Cult, attempted a takeover
of Clan Yashida, led by Wolverine’s lover Mariko Yashida. Wolverine and
his allies intervened, but not before Tsurayaba had Yashida fatally poisoned.
Wolverine swore a prolonged vengeance, gouging out Tsurayaba’s right eye
and promising future disfigurement.
Tsurayaba next surfaced at a criminal summit to divide the territories of the
Kingpin of crime, but the bargaining was interrupted
by costumed crimefighters Daredevil, Nomad,
and the Punisher. Returning to Japan, Tsurayaba
was confronted by Kwannon, whose consciousness inhabited Psylocke’s original
body. Now calling herself Revanche, she was dying of the mutant-killing Legacy
Virus and had come seeking a swift death. The grieving Tsurayaba obliged her,
then threw himself back into his work. He led an alliance between the Hand and
the terrorist organization Hydra in an attempted
takeover of the island nation of Madripoor,
but his plan was foiled once again by Wolverine and his allies.
Periodically disfigured by Wolverine in keeping with the X-Man’s vow,
Tsurayaba was last seen preparing to commit suicide upon Wolverine’s next
visit, which was forestalled by Logan’s near-death at the hands of his
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 9 in.
WEIGHT: 182 lbs.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Prosthetic left
eye, right hand, left arm, right ear, nose
SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Matsu’o Tsurayaba
is a normal human whose strength has been augmented with
SPECIAL SKILLS: Tsurayaba is trained in
numerous martial arts disciplines.
COSTUME: On occasion, Tsurayaba has worn
an armored battlesuit of unrevealed capabilities.
PERSONAL WEAPONRY: Tsurayaba once wore
a prosthetic right hand equipped with retractable finger