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By Byron Brewer
Another saurian on a Celestial Quest, Raptra is one of the more memorable dinosaur gals. See for yourself …
The past history of Raptra is, of course, unknown. She appeared in the company of the villainous cosmic pirate and fellow saurian, Cap’n Reptyl. While looking for their next victims to plunder of their valuables Raptra, Reptyl and Kid Syn spotted a ship occupied by two Priests of Pama. The priests eluded the pirates by heading into a Class 3 nebula. Raptra and her comrades’ ships lacked sufficient shields to pursue their intended victims. The escape caused Cap’n Reptyl and Kid Syn to argue over what to do. Raptra sided with Cap’n Reptyl against the insubordinate Kid Syn.
While arguing amongst themselves, Raptra, Cap’n Reptyl and Kid Syn stumpled across an Avengers Quinjet carrying an assemblage of Avengers in search of the Celestial Messiah, Quoi. The Avengers easily defeat Raptra and the other cosmic pirates and their crews, causing them all to load into escape pods. Raptra’s disobeyed Cap’n Reptyl, who commanded her to leave Kid Syn behind. Outraged at her disobedience, Reptyl scolds her for failing to comply to his orders. She reminded the villainous saurian that she was not his lackey and there was no need for her to follow his orders.
Almost instantly Sanctuary II appeared, piloted by its owner, Thanos (actually one of the doppelganger Thanosi, I believe). The pirates were unmoved at the presence of “Thanos” and prepared to attack the Titan when he boarded their ship. With simply a wave of his hand, “Thanos” kills every member of their crews. Raptra stood defiant and ready for battle, but “Thanos” decides to spare them if they are willing to be members of his new pantheon.
“Thanos” goes on to explain that as members of his pantheon they would be granted god-like powers. Raptra and Kid Syn decline, knowing the true evil of Thanos, but Cap'n Reptyl jumps at the chance to increase his power. “Thanos” kills Kid Syn by absorbing his energy and transferring it to Cap'n Reptyl. He offers the chance to Raptra once more, but again, Raptra refuses the offer. She is spared death, but only as the life source for the next member of his pantheon.
Raptra finds Quoi and knocks him out after taking him as a captive. Raptra manages to elude detection by the sentient Cotati using the cloak of invisibility, which she stole from the Thanosi. While fleeing into space Raptra contemplates the idea of trading Quoi to “Thanos,” if he would spare her life. The false Titan refused her offer and sent Primo and Reptyl to capture both Quoi and Raptra.
Quoi came to around this time and Raptra informs him that she had rescued him from the treat of Thanos and it was Thanos that had knocked him unconscious. In an attempt to ditch her pursuers, she navigated a course into a dark patch of space known as the Rot. Raptra was unaware that the Rot was an actual sentient being, birthed by Thanos and Death.
Raptra learns that Quoi is the son of the Avenger known as Mantis and then about him being the Celestial Messiah. This bonding moment turned into a moment of youthful roughhousing, which resulted in the unlikely couple kissing. Raptra reveals that she was not supportive of Cap'n Reptyl's vision of humans and saurians remaining separated. She soon became overcome by feelings of guilt for lying to Quoi, knowing that she had sold him out to save herself.
Reptyl and Primo eventually caught up to Raptra and Quoi, which led to a very quick fight between Quoi and Primo. Quoi was able to extinguish the eternal energy emitting from the Plasmagen, but Quoi was also knocked out of the battle. Raptra fought with Cap'n Reptyl, although their battle was interrupted by “Thanos.”
After battling the Thanosi on the astral plane, the freed Quoi came to terms with his feelings towards his mother and joined with her to oppose the incursion of the deadly Rot, which destroyed all it touched. Quoi failed in his attempt to drive back the Rot, but after the Thanosi destroyed it with the help of Death, Quoi elected to remain in the region, helping bring new life to the decimated area of space.
At Quoi’s side was Raptra, the saurian pirate who was inspired by his nobility and for whom he had proclaimed his love.
Maybe we'll see more of the couple in Infinity? Nah!