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Cover of Wolverine #30
Art by John Romita Jr.
|First appearance||Wolverine (vol. 3) #20 (2004)|
|Created by||Mark Millar|
John Romita Jr.
|Alter ego||Tomi Shishido|
Dawn of the White Light
|Abilities||Ability to turn humans to stone by making eye contact with them|
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, dexterity, reflexes/reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance
Regenerative healing factor
Genius level intellect in multiple areas
Extraordinary hand to hand combatant
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The Gorgon first appeared in Wolverine (vol. 3) #20, and was created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The character was killed in Wolverine (vol. 3) #31, only to be resurrected later in Secret Warriors #2.
Fictional character biography
Tomi Shishido is a member of the Hand and Hydra and a powerful mutant, leading the extremist mutant society Dawn of the White Light. As a child, he possessed near superhuman levels of intelligence. Shishido said his first words at two weeks of age, could walk at three months, and was able to read and write by his first birthday. He became an accomplished painter by age four, among the top artists in all of Japan and composed an opera at age six. This is also the age when Shishido attempted a second suicide.
At age 13, Shishido formulated a mathematical formula that proves the existence of One-Above-All and manifested the mutant ability to turn people to stone just by looking at them. The media dubbed him as "The Gorgon", after the Gorgon of Greek mythology. Shortly after, he was the leader of a mutant death-cult called the Dawn of the White Light, which committed terrorist attacks throughout Japan. By age 18, he sought out the Hand. Before leaving his home, he killed his entire family and his only friend to prove that he was ruthless enough to join the terrorist organization.
After finding the Hand sanctuary and slaying all of its guards while blindfolded, the Gorgon went inside and pledged his allegiance to the Hand's Jonin. When the master questioned his dedication, the Gorgon impaled himself with his own sword, fatally injuring himself, and told the master to resurrect him. The Jonin were impressed and brought him into the fold.
Later, the Gorgon became connected to Hydra and formed a relationship with Elsbeth Von Strucker (the wife of Hydra leader Baron Strucker). He's responsible for the capture of Wolverine. Under the Gorgon's brain washing control, Wolverine managed to infiltrate the Baxter Building and steal technological blueprints from Reed Richards that were very useful to Hydra, and committed a number of terrorist attacks resulting in the deaths of numerous costumed heroes and hundreds of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents before being finally caught during an assault on the X-Mansion and subsequently deprogrammed. Eventually, the Gorgon attempted to assassinate Nick Fury after S.H.I.E.L.D. launched an attack which destroyed a safe-house and killed Elsbeth in the process. He was intercepted by Wolverine before he could complete the objective. The two engaged in a brutal battle, inflicting devastating injuries upon one another. The Gorgon managed to gain the upper hand and attempted to use his mutant ability to transform Wolverine into stone; Wolverine's claws were extruded at the last moment, forcing the Gorgon to see his own reflection. As a result, the Gorgon's power was reflected back upon him. Once the Gorgon had been turned into stone, Wolverine shattered his body.
During the "Dark Reign" storyline, Hydra forced The Hand to resurrect the Gorgon using the rock fragments of his body. He is also given the sword Godkiller by Kraken. The Godkiller is destroyed in a battle against Phobos who wields Grasscutter. Gorgon uses the broken blade to slay Phobos with a mortal chest stab and takes Grasscutter as his own, citing "a red sword for a red lord".
Following the "Fear Itself" storyline, Gorgon joins up with H.A.M.M.E.R. after Norman Osborn's reclaimed leadership upon escaping from the Raft. Gorgon ends up being a member of the second incarnation of Dark Avengers as Wolverine. He and the original Madame Hydra secretly plan to kill Osborn if their co-conspirator proves to be too dangerous and use the Dark Avengers to cause discord by serving as a voice of the "disenfranchised" unsatisfied with the status quo. Although he is generally suitable as "Dark Wolverine" due to his skills and healing powers, Gorgon lacks the real Wolverine's claws instead relying on fake claws that are a part of his costume. Gorgon and the Dark Avengers are defeated when their teammate Skaar revealed as a double-agent and summons the Avengers to defeat the Dark Avengers.
During the events of Avengers World, Gorgon and the Hand orchestrate a full-scale riot on Madripoor as a distraction from a ritual held at their temple on the island. Although Shang-Chi is able to infiltrate the Hand-based pagoda, it's too late to stop the séance, which raises the island nation out of the water up upon the head of a massive continent-sized dragon. While the massive tarragon is airborne, Shang-Chi effortlessly defeats the Hand ninjas at the temple but is bested in hand-to-hand combat by the Gorgon who throws Shang-Chi off of his great beast several hundred feet below. Tomi and the Hand attack the Circle, the aircity headquarters of China's intelligence-gathering agency S.P.E.A.R on their dragon mounts but are repelled by S.P.E.A.R. superhuman response team, the Ascendants. S.P.E.A.R director Xian Zheng deduces that Gorgon is flying the Mandripoorian dragon to Shanghai, hoping to destroy China as a stepping stone for his empire. Despite S.P.E.A.R and the Ascendants best efforts, the Master Ninja is able to reach Shanghai and observes from his temple while the dragon and the Hand's forces fight the Ascendants and Avengers in the city. However, Shang-Chi (who survived his encounter with the Gorgon and was rescued by S.P.E.A.R) uses Pym Particles supplied by Zheng to grow to the size of a giant and defeats the dragon in combat. As payback for his earlier defeat and the destruction caused by the Gorgon, Shang-Chi tears off the Hand's temple (with Gorgon screaming still trapped inside) from the dragon's head and throws it several miles away.
During the "Secret Empire" storyline, Gorgon and Hive were in Madripoor at the time when the Underground arrives looking for cube fragments. Before being knocked down by Hercules, Gorgon managed to briefly turn him to stone.
Shishido was later behind the Hand's Regenix operations. He is served by Scarlet Samurai who is actually Mariko Yashida resurrected. The two led an attack on Old Man Logan who was investigating the Hand's operations. When the Silver Samurai assisted Old Man Logan, Silver Samurai fought Gorgon while Logan confronted Mariko. After Gorgon got away, Silver Samurai used some nanites to break the Hand's control on Mariko.
During the "Spider-Geddon" storyline, Arnim Zola creates a bio-duplicate of Gorgon who accompanies some Hydra agents to Los Angeles in order to repossess Superior Octopus' services. The Gorgon bio-duplicate fought Superior Octopus and his blindfold-removal had him turn Superior Octopus to stone. After shattering it on Zola's orders, Superior Octopus emerged and beheaded the Gorgon bio-duplicate.
Gorgon is later one of the villainous mutants invited by come live on the new mutant homeland island of Krakoa, provided he no longer holds any grudges against his fellow mutants. The Hand grandmaster accepts and later even drinks a beer with Wolverine during a party.
Powers and abilities
The Gorgon possesses a variety of superhuman abilities as a result of genetic mutation and mystical enhancement from the Hand.
The Gorgon's primary mutant ability is the ability to transform an individual to stone by making eye contact with them. Gorgon's eyes have no visible features, glowing with a bright green energy. The Gorgon often wears a mask or pair of dark sunglasses in order to see without affecting those around him. Whether said face wear possess any sort of special properties or are composed of some special material designed to block his power was never revealed.
He was also born with, or soon achieved, an extraordinary level of intelligence, possibly at a superhuman level, and psionic abilities. He possesses advanced knowledge in multiple academic and artistic fields. This intellect makes him extremely arrogant. For some reason he equates intelligence with being a mutant. For example, Gorgon dismisses Reed Richards as simply the equivalent of a parrot that can mimic a human voice, despite the fact that Gorgon was actually impressed by Richards' ideas on the plans, simply because Richards is not a mutant.
After his resurrection, the Gorgon's strength, speed, reflexes/reactions, agility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance are all heightened to superhuman levels, the exact limits of which are unrevealed. Tomi also possesses an accelerated healing factor that enables him to repair damaged or destroyed tissue with extraordinary speed and efficiency. He is capable of healing from massive trauma inflicted by Wolverine's adamantium claws, bludgeoning, and falling from great heights while continuing to fight.
Aside from his physical advantages, the Mr. Shishido possesses some level of telepathy/empathy allowing him to hear the thoughts and feel the emotions of others. Much like his physical capabilities, the exact limits of the Gorgon's psionic powers remain unknown.
The Gorgon is an extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant, even before his resurrection, trained in multiple forms of martial arts. He is an expert swordsman and typically prefers to use a katana during combat. Also, he typically uses his psionic abilities to read the minds of his opponents during combat situations (even highly trained minds like Wolverine's and Elektra's), enabling him to predict and counter their every move. He has used swords and a personal teleportation device. He currently wields Godkiller, a sword that has killed many kings, emperors, and also made a god bleed.
On top of various mutant powers and his acquired skill set. The Gorgon also has high end ties to various criminal sects and their resources; many such innovations in his possession come from underworld affiliates such as A.I.M, The Hand and Hydra. He's also adept at ninjutsu and skilled in the dark arts; able to resurrect the formerly dead who serve his bedding as well as enact rituals which enable him to raise ancient creatures from eternal slumber.
In other media
Gorgon is referenced in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. In the episode "Widow's Sting", he's mentioned to be the Yashida Clan's head; Madame Hydra mentions to Baron Strucker that Gorgon and the Yashida Clan have pledged their allegiance to Hydra.
- Gorgon appears in Marvel Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman.
- Gorgon is a non-playable boss character in Marvel Puzzle Quest.
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