Gideon Suhn Lee was born as Li Yat Sen during the 14th century in Japan. He was a liar, thief and prostitute. In a unknown village, he played the part of a wandering sage and sold a false cure all elixir consisting of snake blood, ginseng, and urine to the unwitting villagers. After ingesting his toxic concoction, 17 villagers died. The rest of the villagers were enraged and beat Li so badly that his ribs were broken and he was coughing up blood. Near death, Li escaped the village and fled into the nearby mountains. While fleeing, he witnessed an immense burning object fall from the sky. Both the village and Li witnessed the event but unlike the villagers, he was not frightened, instead he saw opportunity. He made his way to the site where the object fell and discovered that it was a craft, more specifically, a Predator spaceship. Using the technology and body parts of the Predators inside the ship, Li somehow managed to save his own life. He then proceeded to reverse engineer the technology within over the following centuries, building a corporate empire of unrivaled wealth.
Gideon Suhn Lee was created by writer Ian Edginton and artist Alex Maleev. He first appeared in 1998's Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal #1. Gideon was originally referred to as "Nor, techno-baron with a dark past" in materials connected to the initial comic book release of the series, but his name was apparently changed to Gideon Suhn Lee somewhere in the development process.
Major Story Arcs
In modern times, Li, now known as Gideon Suhn Lee, had managed to reverse engineer some of the technology within the ship but not all of it. And there were still parts of the ship that he could not access including the cargo hold of the ship. Managing to reverse the weaponry and cloaking technology of the Predators, he ordered some men, led by a mercenary named Cabot, who worked for him to test the effectiveness of their new equipment. The area that his men chose to test their new equipment was in Africa during a truce meeting between two African leaders and their armed escorts. The men effortlessly butchered all in attendance except for a single reporter, testifying to the effectiveness of their new equipment. The lone surviving journalist, Becka McBride, recovered a dart used by the men and trace it back to Gideon in Tokyo.
It was at around this time that Gideon discovered the contents of the cargo hold. The precious load was an batch of alien Xenomorph eggs. Thinking that the eggs may contain Predator young, Gideon ordered that his scientists enter the cargo hold, excited that he may not have to have his men hunt down Predators anymore so he could use their bodies to sustain himself. Unfortunately, Facehuggers instead sprung from the eggs and impregnated a small group of scientists who'd entered the cargo hold, who in turn gave birth to chestbursters. This action set off a silent alarm that alerted Predators to the presence of the newly born Xenomorphs.
In a very short amount of time, Predators make their way into Gideon's lab, killing several armed men while hunting the new Xenomorphs, alerting Gideon to their presence. One of the Predators, while chasing an Xenomorph in the Tokyo sewers, accidentally set of an explosion at the same time Becka McBride arrives. Gideon, aware of her presence in Tokyo, sends Cabot after her. He finds her in the street and Becka recognizes him from Africa before he drugs her and brings her to Gideon. Instead of killing her, he offers the journalists the story of her life by offering her his entire life story, all 700 years of it and he offers her an invitation to a hunt, the prey is the Predators running around in the sewers as they track down the Xenomorphs. But before this hunt, Gideon condition starts to deteriorate.
Gideon starts to age incredibly fast with a short period time and explains to the shocked reporter/journalist that he needs fresh Predator organs, all evidence points towards the heart of a Predator, as his transplants can only stave off old age for so long and that over the centuries, he had hired men to obtain him these Predator body parts no matter what. After a quick surgery. Gideon quickly recovers and leads the hunt in an effort to find the Predators and secure their bodies, dead or alive. The hunting party, consisting of Gideon, Becka, Cabot, and other mercenaries manage to find the Predators and the Xenomorphs but nothing goes according to plan. Everyone, except Gideon and Becka, perish. As Becka flees, Gideon challenges one of the Predators to a one-on-one fight, wielding only a blade. The fight ends quickly, although Gideon attempted to cheat by using a reverse-engineered shoulder mounted plasma cannon. The Predator holds Gideon in the air and Gideon Lee tells the Predator to finish him who proceeds to tear Gideon's heart out. When Gideon dies, the Predator takes his head as a potential trophy, but it promptly turns to dust - Gideon's borrowed time having run out at last.
Powers & Abilities
Gideon Suhn Lee is a very ruthless man who takes advantages of every opportunity that presents itself to him. He is virtually immortal from his many transplants of Predator body parts, and has access to numerous high-tech weapons, gadgets, and incredible amounts of wealth from reverse engineering Predator technology. Although he wielded a sword in combat against a Predator, he didn't display much skill with it, instead opting to cheat in the fight with the use of a hidden gun.