Needle (Icons Writeup)

aka Josef Saint

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 5
Intellect 3
Awareness 2
Willpower 3

Stamina 8

*Stunning – Hypnotic Gaze 7
*Needle Lance – Strike 4

Note: Before having his abilities augmented by black magic, Needle’s physical stats were Prowess 4, Coordination 4, Strength 4 and his Stamina was 7.

Art – Tailor, Occult, Stealth, Weapons – Needle (Expert +2 bonus)

*Member of the Night Shift
*Former pawn of Satannish


After being mugged one night while leaving work, a meek tailor lost an eye and was robbed of his ability to speak. However, he also discovered that he had the power to paralyze with his gaze. Seeking revenge, the unnamed tailor assumed the guise of the professional criminal the Needle. Armed with a yard-long needle, the mute villain attacked young men on the streets at night, sewing their mouths shut. After victimizing S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jerry Hunt, the Needle incurred the wrath of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), the agent’s girlfriend. Somewhat resistant to the Needle’s paralyzing gaze, Spider-Woman took him out with a close-range venom blast. He was subsequently arrested.

With other superhuman adventurers and criminals, the Needle was imprisoned by the Locksmith, but then freed by Spider-Woman.

The Needle joined the Night Shift, and teamed up with Captain America against the Power Broker and his augmented mutates. Alongside the Night Shift, he tested whether Moon Knight could take over as leader of the Night Shift. Later, still with the Night Shift, he battled the West Coast Avengers, and did so again with his abilities enhanced by Satannish’s black magic.

The Needle was later defeated by Armory.

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