- 1 History
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Notes
- 5 See Also
- 6 Links and References
Billy Russo was a favorite hitman for the Costa mob, nicknamed "the Beaut" because of his good looks. After the execution-style killing of Frank Castle's family at the hands of the Costas, Russo was hired by the latter to assassinate Maurice Howles, another hitman who had earlier failed to kill Frank Castle, Michael McTeer, a freelance reporter who was helping Castle fight the Costas, and Castle himself. Russo killed all of his targets but Castle, who narrowly avoided death in an explosion. Hours later, Castle, now turned into the Punisher, tracked down Russo to one of the Costas' nightclubs: Salvagno's. Several criminals were killed, and Russo was thrown through a glass pane head-first. Somehow, he survived with his face torn to shreds; surgeons stitched it back together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Taking advantage of his now hideous visage, the formerly handsome gangster took on the identity of Jigsaw and initially attempted to frame the Punisher for murder. However, the plan failed due to the intervention of Spider-Man and Nightcrawler; Spider-Man witnessed one of Jigsaw's murders and one of his victims was an old friend of Nightcrawler.
Facing Spider-Man Again
Billy had been lying low due to Spider-Man, which began to annoy his men. Under their pressure, he agreed to plan a heist. They attacked a boat and demanded that everyone turn over their possessions. Unlucky for them Peter Parker was on the boat and had time to slip away to became Spider-Man and defeated the crooks, but Jigsaw managed to take Liz Allen and Harry Osborn hostage. Not wishing his friends to be killed by Jigsaw, Spider-Man let them leave, but not before he could tag Harry with a Spider-Tracer. Spider-Man went on the hunt for Jigsaw, putting the crook into a state of fear during his pursuit. When Jigsaw finally got a bead on Spider-Man with his gun, Spider-Man called his bluff and the criminal found that he could not bring himself to shoot Spider-Man, and he was easily tied up for the police.
Billy was behind a plan to drug the Punisher, causing his enemy to behave erratically and attack any criminals, even for things as minor as littering. The Punisher confronted and beat him, and later stopped Jigsaw from escaping in a prison riot. Later on in the series, Jigsaw was brainwashed by the Trust into serving as a new member of a Punisher-style assassination squad. He managed to remember who he was after encountering Castle once again, and he attacked the Punisher, but was once again beaten.
Billy became involved with a demon worshiper he referred to as 'the Rev'. Based on small healing demonstrations, the Rev convinced Jigsaw to work for him in exchange for healing his face. Jigsaw followed the man on a home invasion/murder spree and then killed several cops on the way out. This incident warmed him to the concept of worshiping Lucifer.
Billy was a persistent foe of the Punisher's for years. While he still worked as an assassin for criminal organizations, his pursuit of the Punisher was relentless, as Jigsaw saw Castle's assassination as an unfinished job. The deranged gangster's vendetta once took a bizarre turn when the Punisher faked his death by appearing to be executed in prison. Furious with rage, Jigsaw briefly became a new Punisher, getting revenge on Castle's apparent killers for denying him the kill he believed to be rightfully his.
Daredevil and the Black Widow took down Jigsaw. Mistaking him for the wrong kind of Kingpin, Jigsaw makes bail and comes to ask Matt if he can have permission to run crime in Hell's Kitchen. Jigsaw and his men came to Matt again and he cannot become Daredevil in time. Rather than prove completely that he is DD, Matt has to let the police and the Widow break up a home invasion of the Murdock residence by Jigsaw.
He was imprisoned on the maximum security prison known as the Raft, a floating prison for supervillains and other high-risk criminals. He was one of the many inmates trying to break out, Jigsaw was among those who were stopped by the New Avengers.
Billy was hired by the Hood to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act. Now part of the Hood's Gang, he battled the Skrulls during their Secret Invasion of Earth. He was with the team when they took on the New Avengers and Dark Avengers. He was with the gang when they were attacked by the Punisher.
During this time he also renewed his own criminal career with the Hood's blessing. He was still unbalanced and obsessed with Frank and had Lynn Michaels brainwash a man named Ian to act as the Punisher so as to frame Frank and hired the Hand to try and kill him before hiring the Wrecking Crew in order to kill him when the Hand and Ian failed and Frank was transferred to the Raft by G.W. Bridge. They were promised $50 million if successful. However they were all defeated by the Punisher as he received help from the Rhino who was sent by Stuart Clarke. The Punisher used Wrecker's Crowbar in order to finish off Thunderball and then also used it on Russo, who repeatedly told Frank that he loved him but also wanted to kill him, as well as asking Frank to kill him before his arrest. Lynn, who had actually been an undercover agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. later allowed Ian to shoot Russo in his cell, feeling guilty for what she had done to him to maintain her cover.
In the Blood
Return to Hood's Gang
Jigsaw attended a meeting of various villains organized by the Wizard to discuss what to do about Doctor Doom who had unexpectedly decided to become a superhero and become the new Iron Man. As the Hood brought up the idea of forming a gang of villains to take Doom out, Doom suddenly appeared and took down all of the villains present. He later participated in an ambush against Doom along with many of the other villains that Doom had earlier defeated. He also attended a meeting to discuss the Hood's rise as the Kingpin of crime.
After impersonating the Punisher and ruining his reputation Hydra's leader Baron Zemo and Mayor Fisk came up with a plan to deal with Castle once and for all. Along with other villains, Jigsaw joined a new incarnation of the Thunderbolts in the role of the mercenary Paladin. He was introduced at a press conference with the other members as Citizen V pronounced that they will end the Punisher's reign of terror and restore order to New York City.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Billy has shown advanced combat and is one of the best street-fighters in the world.
- Marksman and Weapons Expert: Billy is incredibly skilled in the use of various forms of firearms, bladed weapons, and explosives.
- Superior Strategist: Billy is a highly efficient criminal strategist and organizer who is proficient in manipulating both his enemies and allies alike to achieve his goals.
- Pain Tolerance: Billy has exceptional tolerance for pain.
Billy possesses the peak human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. He is virtually as strong as it is possible for a man of his age, height, and weight to be without having superhuman strength.
- Nelophobia: Jigsaw has a personal phobia of panes of glass due to his disfiguring accident.
- Mental Instability: Jigsaw has lapsed in and out of periods of unbalanced behavior, at times even repeatedly professing his love to the Punisher while also trying to kill him and requesting that the Punisher finish him off instead, all within moments of each other.
When fighting enemies more powerful than he is, Jigsaw dons a strength-enhancing titanium-steel exoskeleton that contains an arsenal of guns and explosives, as well as concealed sharp Adamantium wrist blades.
Various guns, knives, bombs and practically anything he can get his hands on.
Various motor vehicles and yachts.
- Russo has led small armies of criminals on several occasions at his command.
- Russo apparently practices art as a hobby, as one of his paintings was shown being sold at an auction in Madripoor.
- 90 appearance(s) of William Russo (Earth-616)
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- 7 quotation(s) by or about William Russo (Earth-616)