The Kree space cowboy Wraith returns in Web of Venom one-shot preview

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One part western, one part Witcher, all parts Marvel Cosmic - Wraith is back in September 9's Web of Venom: Wraith #1.

Venom mastermind Donny Cates is reviving the Annihilation-era alien in a continuation of his recent Guardians of the Galaxy run and also a preamble to his upcoming Venom-centric Marvel event King in Black - with the dark symbiote god Knull as the titular threat.

"Since his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, one thing Wraith has made perfectly clear is that he's hunting Knull, the god of the symbiotes," Marvel's description of this one-shot reads. "Now, in the wastelands on the outskirts of the cosmos, he'll have his chance to face him..."

Check out this preview of Web of Venom: Wraith #1, from Cates and artist Guiu Vilanova:

Wraith was originally created in 2007 as part of Marvel's Annihilation event - the same event which revitalized the Guardians of the Galaxy line-up and swagger that inspired the movie. Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and artist Kyle Hotz created the enigmatic monochromatic Kree character as a bit of a Clint Eastwood/'Man with No Name' style figure whose parents were killed when he was young and he was left to be raised by bizarre parasite creates called Exolon.

As an adult, Wraith was able to escape - but his Kree physiology was changed, giving him his more unique appearance (and some powers to boot). He's been on a quest to find who murdered his parents, but recently he added a second item to his 'bucket list' - get Knull to rid him of the lingering presence and effects of the Exolon parasites once and for all.

Hotz returns for this Wraith one-shot, drawing the primary cover. Additional covers have been drawn by Juan Jose Ryp and E.M. Gist. Here they are:

Web of Venom: Wraith #1 goes on sale September 9. The King in Black event series is scheduled to debut sometime in December.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)