Real Name: Yith
Identity/Class: Serpentine hybrid
Group Membership: Department of Occult Armaments
Affiliations: Formerly Clifton Arliss (employer)
Enemies: Clifton Arliss, Lizard, Spider-Man
Known Relatives: Set
Phorcys (maternal great-great-great grandfather), Ceto (maternal great-great-great grandmother)
Echidna (maternal great-great grandmother), Typhon (maternal great-great grandfather);
Maralith (maternal great-grandmother), Naga (maternal great-grandfather);
Pressyne (maternal grandmother), Elynus (maternal grandfather);
Bolla (maternal great-aunt or uncle), Merro, Zmey Gorynych (great-uncles), Llyra (maternal great-aunt by marriage);
Melior, Palatyne (maternal aunts);
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: Spider-Man: The Quality of Life#1 (July, 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Yith has the lower body of a snake, and can use her tail as a weapon. She also has strength on par with Spider-Man and the Lizard and is very nimble as well. She carries a pair of sub-machineguns with her. She is a good marksman, has a forked tongue, and can spit a green venom, though its effects are unknown.
Height: 6'1" (typical), 13'8" (full length)
Weight: 225 lbs
Eyes: Green (slitted, like a snake)
Hair: Black and Brown
(Marvel Tarot) - Yith was born as a 6th generation descendant of Set.
(Spider-Man: Quality of Life#1) - Yith was hired by Mr. Arliss, the head of a company which thrives on genetically altered food, but whose chemical dumps on a river had caused cancer on Martha and Billy Connors, wife and son of the Lizard, Curt Connors. She was hired to kill Dr. Connors before he became a nuisance, since he was trying to implicate them for giving his wife cancer. Connors got stressed, transformed into the Lizard, and attacked Mr. Arliss. Yith then came in and pointed her machine guns at the Lizard.
(Spider-Man: Quality of Life#2) - Yith and Lizard fought back and forth until Spider-Man showed up. When he did, the Lizard ran away. Arliss lied and said that Yith was hired as private security and that the Lizard was trying to kill them. Spider-Man left, even though he didn't believe them, and Yith went out to try to kill Curt Connors again. Later, Curt Connors was distraught over the revelation that his son also got cancer from Arliss's company, and Yith sat unseen, preparing to move in for the kill.
(Spider-Man: Quality of Life#3) - After Spider-Man obtained proof of Arliss's guilt, Yith attacked him. Spider-Man eventually left, but not before Yith destroyed his evidence. Yith offered to Arliss to kill Spider-Man as well for more money. Arliss declined. Later on, Spider-Man encountered the Lizard and a fight ensued. Yith interfered and shot the Lizard in the shoulder. She then went on to choke him with her tail, with him weakened by his injury.
(Spider-Man: Quality of Life#4) - After failing to talk Yith out of killing the Lizard, Spider-Man intervened, and the Lizard escaped. Yith was yelled at by Arliss for letting Lizard get away again. They agreed to double her fee if she killed Mr. Holder (a mole in Arliss's company) as well. Curt Connors went to Arliss after his wife died, and he met Yith in the elevator. She sympathized with the loss of his wife and took him to Arliss. There, Connors turned into Lizard and had a fight with Spider-Man who arrived to prevent the Lizard from killing anyone. Arliss kept telling Yith to kill Lizard, but she kept saying, "not yet." Eventually the fight with Spider-Man and Lizard ended, and Yith killed Arliss instead of Lizard and then left.
(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6) - Yith was present at the auction of the Venom symbiote.
(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#12 - BTS?) - She may also have been present at the auction of the Scorpion suit.
(Marvel Tarot#1 - BTS) - Ian McNee had read about a prophecy concerning the seventh child of set (a seventh generation descendent) ushering in a new golden age for the Serpent Men. According to McNee's calculations, the mother of the new dark prince could be either serpentine assassin Yith or the Lemurian Nagala.
(Fear Itself: The Fearless#8) - Yith joined the DOA under Sin's leadership.
Comments: Created by Greg Rucka and Scott Sava.
The Quality of Life story was one of the first at Marvel using all computer graphics, though it was preceded by the Iron Man: Crash graphic novel from 1988.
This story has a ton of continuity holes in it, but none of them have anything to do with Yith, so I won't mention them. However, I can't believe that Spider-Man just let Yith leave after she killed Arliss.
It was written in the Marvel Tarot book that Yith, daughter of Melusine, is a descendant of Set. Never understimate the power of a consultant.
Thanks to Henrique Ferriera for all of the useful info from Spider-fan. In fact, this is basically just his profile and reviews put into Appendix format.
supplemental info from
Luis Olvao Dantas:
Abdul Alhazred was the subject of one of the mind-switches that members of the Great Race of Yith use for studying other times. http://victorian.fortunecity.com/lion/157/trans.htm ("mine immortal essence indwelt the ungainly form of some great cone"). For details on the Yithians, see "The Shadow Out of Time" or page 106 of the Call of Cthulhu RPG rules book. I quote this rulebook: "The Great Race... will permit... them to meet other victims like themselves, generally from far distant planets or eras. When the time comes to restore the victim to his own body, the Great Race blanks his memory of all that has happened to him while he is trapped in their age. This blanking is not perfect: the victim may dream of or have nightmares concerning being held by the Great Race."
Yith has an entry in OHotMU 2006 A-Z#12.
No known connection to:
The Great Race of Yith (see comments), not yet seen in the Marvel Universe/
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Spider-MAn: Quality of Life#4, Cover (main image)
Spider-Man: Quality of Life#1-4 (July-October, 2002) - Greg Rucka (writer), Scott Christian Sava (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6 (November, 2004) - Mark Millar (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Tarot (2007) - David Sexton (writer), Doug Sexton & Jeff Christiansen (consultants), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Fear Itself: The Fearless#8 (April, 2012) - Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction & Chris Yost (writers), Paul Pelletier & Mark Bagley (pencils), Danny Miki & Andy Lanning (inks), Axejandro Arbona (editor)
Last updated: 12/17/17
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