(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and their many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2175:]]Just because I love dusting off old Kirby, Claremont and Starlin cosmic characters does not mean I do not like meeting new ones. Such was the case during the Wraith’s mini-series. Oh, I loved the Wraith, but he’s not the character I was referring to. No, this femme fatale is so -- so Ra-Venn!
The true origin of the blue-skinned Kree redhead known as Ra-Venn continues to be shrouded in mystery. Ra-Venn and her rebel soldiers had been hiding out in an ancient hidden city known as Haline. Ra-Venn was trying to convince the mysterious ghost-like warrior Wraith to join her rebellion, when her stronghold was invaded by a Phalanx battalion which captured the stranger before he could be persuaded to join her cause. Ra-Venn and her rebels were able to escape capture by leaving the planet and disappearing into the quantum stream.
Wraith, one of the finest and most ignored characters in the Marvel Pantheon, was interrogated by Ronan who had been converted into the Phalanx super-soldier known as the "Select." Wraith eventually managed to escape the Phalanx science lab, and he freed Praxagora and the Super-Skrull in the process. Together, they destroyed a Phalanx battle cruiser, which happened to be attacking the ship of Ra-Venn. After a brief debate, Ra-Venn convinced the three warriors that they all would benefit if they joined forces and battled the Phalanx together.
Ra-Venn and her new allies confronted Ronan and the Phalanx once more, at this time Ronan was experiencing his own doubts about the Phalanx rule over his highly-vaulted Kree race. After this confrontation, Ronan broke free of the Phalanx influence with help of Wraith and he joined the others in a quest to liberate the Kree. With Ra-Venn now taking the helm of the star cruiser, they plotted a course to the Kree world Hala, which was now ceded territory to Annihilus’ heir Ravenous.
While on Hala Ronan revealed to Ra-Venn and the others an all-but-forgotten hidden arsenal of Sentries, the ultimate expression of Kree technology. Ra-Venn and her friends managed to survive the assault of the Phalanx.
Ra-Venn would later find herself entangled in the battle between the ferocious Shi’ar and the thought-to-be passive Kree gene experiments known as the Inhumans. Ra-Venn would become a member of the New Inhuman Elite (a cosmic strike team led by Triton of the Royal Family). This war was won by the Inhumans, although they lost their king, Black Bolt, after he detonated the Terrigen Bomb which created a massive tear in space and time called the Fault. The grieving Queen Medusa, hoping that Black Bolt survived the blast, ordered Triton and Ra-Venn to go into the Fault and bring her husband back to her or his body back for a proper burial.
One of the first outside expeditions to the Fault, Triton, Ra-Venn and their crew of Kree and Inhumans were unable to find Black Bolt (they did find a ship full of memories of the silent king battling Vulcan running and rerunning due to the craft’s technology), but found life from another universe that was horrifying. It infected Ra-Venn, making her transform into a disgusting creature that combined with the rest of the crew’s Kree members. The creature was killed upon their return to Hala, ending whatever life Ra-Venn may have been holding on to.
She nobly died in the process of saving her people, and she was indeed -- so Ra-Venn.