- Wraith (Amalgam Comics)
debut=unknown (fake), "JLX" #1 (April
Mark Waid Gerard Jones
Shadow Guild Judgment League Avengers JLX
powers=Merge his body with his own shadow, giving him enhanced strength and vitality. As a shadow, he can fly, as well as envelop enemies, showing them their dark side. Ability to charge matter with explosive bio-
Skilled hand-to-hand combatant and strategist,
Master with a staff.
Wraith is a
fictional characterand Amalgam Comics superherowhose true debut was in "JLX" #1 ( 1996), though his (metafictional) Amalgam Universe debut is still unknown. He is a combination of DC Comics' Obsidian and Marvel Comics' Gambit.
Character overview and history
Todd LeBeau was born twin brother to the girl who would become the
Jade Enchantress, his sister Jennie. They were split up at birth, and while Todd found life in New Orleans, his sister grew up on New Asgard. In a New Orleans bar, Todd acquired some magic playing cards, which activated his metamutant abilities. With his newfound powers, Todd took the name of Wraith, and joined the Shadow Guild.
In the miniseries, "JLA: The New Blood", Wraith was among the first members recruited to the New Blood group of the
Judgment League Avengers, along with Apollo and Firebird. They were actually assembled by Mister X in secret, though the New Blood members did not become aware of this until later on.
Wraith began a romantic relationship with fellow New Blood teammate Runaway, though he feared that with her power-absorption abilities, she was slowly absorbing more and more of his 'dark side', which Wraith believed would slowly but surely corrupt her. Wraith, along with the other New Blood teammates, were separated from the JLA when the Mariner was framed by Will Magnus, making the JLA think that the Mariner had destroyed some Roxxon oil tankers.
Wraith, along with Apollo, Firebird, Mercury, Runaway, and
Nightcreeperwere assembled into the JLXby Mister X. The team rescued the Mariner from his imprisonment. In "JLX" #1, Wraith and his fellow JLX teammates battled against the JLA until Angelhawkfeigned an injury and both teams retreated. At this point, Wraith knew for sure that every time Runaway touched him, she was absorbing his darkness, which was slowly driving her insane. When Wraith and the JLX fought against Will Magnus and Jocasta, Wraith killed Jocasta after she attacked and injured Runaway. This event led Wraith to have a great hatred for Will Magnus, greater than most of the other metamutants on the JLX team.
Armageddon Agenda, the event in which Will Magnus got permission from the government to use his Sentinels to hunt metamutants, Wraith was one of the few metamutants to not be imprisoned or killed by the Sentinels. With the help of his old friends, the Shadow Guild, Wraith was able to slip away from the mayhem. His current whereabouts are unknown, and he was not a member of the second JLX team assembled by Amazon.
Powers and abilities
Wraith has various
shadow-based powers. At will, Wraith can merge with his own shadow and possess the shadows of others. In his shadow form, he is stronger than in human form, can pass through solid objects and can fly.
Wraith's ability allows him to charge inanimate objects with unstable
kinetic energy. This usually causes the object in question to detonate after a controlled time restraint
He often wields a telescopic metal staff, and is highly trained in martial arts, particularly the French kickboxing martial art
Savate. He is a superhumanly acrobatic and athletic fighter. On several occasions he has also shown an ability to charm people through mild hypnosis.
* [http://www.geocities.com/schablotski.geo/Center.htm Amalgam Chronology Center]
* [http://geocities.com/theamalgam/index.html The Unofficial Guide to the Amalgam Universe]
* [http://www.io.com/%7Ewoodward/chroma/amalgam.html Who's Who: Handbook of the Amalgam Universe]
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