CAPTAIN YURI WATANABE

Real Name: Yuri Watanabe

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Police captain

Group Membership: NYPD

Affiliations: Anti-Venom (Eddie Brock), Carlie Cooper, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Jean DeWolff, Uatu Jackson, Max Modell, Chief Zachary Pratchett, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), George Stacy

Enemies: Ronnie Chin, Ray Cooper, Deke, Hobgoblin (Phil Urich), Inner Demons, Maggia, Massacre (Marcus Lyman), Mister Negative ("Martin Li"), Antoine Morant, Mysterio (Quentin Beck), Robert Ross, Spider-Man (Otto Octavius)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Wraith, Jean DeWolff

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man II#600/1 (September, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: As the Wraith, Watanabe wore a bulletproof armored costume that used Mysterio's mist-dispensors to generate a mist laced with Mr. Fear's fear-inducing fear-gas, or a corrosive acid mist.  The  costume also had prehensile tendrils on its arms that could ensnare and restrain a target; they also contained polygraph sensors, enabling her to tell when someone in her clutches was lying. Her mask incorporated Horizon Labs' "Big Sister" facial recognition technology; it also contained a communications uplink.  She wore a highly realistic mask of Jean DeWolff underneath her Wraith mask.  Watanabe is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, and a capable police officer.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man II#619 (fb) ) - Yuri Watanabe came up through the ranks of the NYPD alongside her friend Jean DeWolff, who always spoke highly of Spider-Man.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#619 (fb) ) - Years ago, Watanabe and DeWolff, along with Captain George Stacy, brought a dead Maggia informant in to medical examiner Ray Cooper, greeting his visiting daughter Carlie on the way out.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#600/1) - Responding to a tip from Daredevil, Captain Watanabe came down to the Bar With No Name, a super villain hangout; although the bar's owner, Deke, protested that there were no villains in sight, she demanded to see his liquor license, and when he couldn't produce it, she shut his establishment down.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#618) - Captain Watanabe examined a Maggia stash house, hidden in a mattress warehouse, that had been hit by Mister Negative's gang, the Inner Demons.  Later, as she sped towards a Maggia/Inner Demons shootout in the meatpacking district, she was surprised to find out that Carlie Cooper, now a police scientist, was the officer who'd called it in.  She ordered Cooper to stay out of it.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#619) - Watanabe arrived on the scene, where she found Spider-Man.  Remembering how well Jean had spoken of him, she allowed him to accompany her men as they stormed the building, where she was surprised to see numerous dead mobsters (who had actually had their deaths faked by Mysterio) battling the undying Inner Demons.  When Spider-Man seemingly killed one of the mobsters (another of Mysterio's illusions), the Maggia fled, and Watanabe pointedly gave Spider-Man a chance to escape before he could be questioned.  She assigned Carlie Cooper to accompany the "dead" man to the morgue.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#620) - Watanabe arrived at the Empyrean Opera House, the latest front in the gang war.  Carlie Cooper arrived soon after, seeking out her father (whose death had also been faked by Mysterio).  Watanabe tried to send her home, but they were interrupted by Spider-Man, who dove out of the building just as Mysterio set off a bomb inside, killing a number of the combatants.  Watanabe let the fire department enter the building, and recovered documents that indicated that Mysterio was planning to fake Jean DeWolff's resurrection next.  Later, as Spider-Man recuperated on the sidelines, Watanabe offered him help from the department any time he needed it, an offer he readily accepted.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#621) - As the police continued to pick through the ruins of the Empyrean Opera House, Cooper explained to Watanabe that the gas Mr. Negative used was only designed to kill Spider-Man.  Later, she called Captain Watanabe to arrest Ray Cooper.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#664 (fb) ) - Watanabe recovered Mysterio's Jean DeWolff mask.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#650/1) - Watanabe arrived at Horizon Labs, where the Hobgoblin had broken in to steal a sample of synthetic Vibranium.  Horizon's CEO, Max Modell, noted that his newest hire, Peter Parker, was missing; when he led Watanabe into his lab to find him, however, they found him (secretly fresh from battling the Hobgoblin) in his underpants and with his headphones on, claiming to have missed the entire thing.  Watanabe offered to take his statement when he had some pants on.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#651/1) - Watanabe and the fire department established a perimeter around Fisk Tower when the synthetic Vibranium began to take the building down.  As it crumbled, one of her subordinates asked her what she was going to do about Spider-Man, once it became apparent that he was involved; she responded by telling him that, by destroying the Kingpin's headquarters, Spider-Man had done them a favor.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#655) - When the villainous Massacre took a number of hostages at a downtown bank, Captain Watanabe tried to negotiate with him, but he was uninterested in talking, and killed a hostage to illustrate his disregard for human life.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#656) - To further prove his point, Massacre set off a bomb in the bank's west wing, killing seven more hostages.  Stunned by Massacre's inhumanity, Watanabe was unsure what to do, but was heartened when Spider-Man arrived.  Unfortunately, as the web-slinger had recently lost his spider-sense, Massacre shot him and escaped.  Later, Watanabe came to Horizon Labs, where Max Modell's new facial recognition technology identified him as Marcus Lyman, a brain-damaged ex-stockbroker.  Soon, she was notified that Massacre had taken hostages in his old Wall Street firm, but when she arrived at the scene, she found that Chief Pratchett had been given command of the situation after her earlier failure to stop the villain.  Luckily, Spider-Man, armed with a new bulletproof suit, took down Massacre this time.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1 (fb)/Superior Spider-Man#4 (fb) ) - Troubled by the Massacre incident, and remembering that it had been two vigilantes who took down Jean's killer, Watanabe decided to work outside the law to give the city's criminals a dose of fear.  Watanabe faked an accident at Special Crimes Evidence Storage, claiming that a pumpkin bomb had exploded, destroying some of Mysterio's technology, canisters of Mr. Fear's fear-gas, and Mysterio's Jean DeWolff mask - all of which she had in actuality stolen.  She incorporated the supervillain technology into a suit mimicking the one worn by Jean's dead brother Brian, and wore the Jean mask underneath it.  She also acquired Horizon Labs' facial recognition technology from Horizon scientist Uatu Jackson.  She soon began striking terror into New York's underworld, claiming to be the ghost of Jean DeWolff, returned to life as the Wraith.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#658/1 (fb) ) - The Wraith came across a drug deal-turned robbery-homicide; she told the perpetrator that if he didn't turn himself in, she'd come back for his soul.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#658/1) - Watanabe called in Carlie Cooper to process the Wraith crime scene, and hauled the terrified murderer in. 

(Amazing Spider-Man II#663/1) - At the East River docks, the Wraith attacked Ronnie Chin, a member of Mr. Negative's gang.  Confronting him with knowledge of his past crimes, she demanded to know who Negative's inside man on the docks was.  To frighten him further, she unmasked, revealing herself as Jean DeWolff, just in time for the vigilante Anti-Venom to arrive.  She escaped, disappearing before the stunned Anti-Venom's eyes.  Later, at the crime scene, Chin confessed all his crimes to Watanabe, and told her about what he'd seen.  Cooper, who was examining the scene, mentioned Mysterio's Jean DeWolff mask to Watanabe, but she insisted that she'd had it destroyed.  Unbeknownst to Watanabe, Cooper slipped her phone into the captain's bag.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1) -  The Wraith attacked Negative's inside man, Robert Ross, in his palce of business, Rothner Antiques.  Bringing up his history of human smuggling and revealing her "true face", she convinced him to reveal everything about the heroin delivery (hidden inside a shipment of statues) that was coming in that night, destined for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; unbeknownst to the Wraith, Cooper had followed her there, and confirmed via infrared that she was no ghost.  At the Met that night, the Wraith found Spider-Man webbed to a statue; freeing him with her acidic mist, she tried to convince him that she was a ghost, but he saw through her ruse - but was willing to team up with her against Negative anyway.  They found Anti-Venom battling Negative and his Inner Demons, and joined in.  The Wraith's fear-gas failed to affect the Inner Demons, but when Spider-Man landed a staggering blow on the crimelord, her facial recognition software was able to kick in, revealing Mr. Negative as the philanthropist Martin Li.  She broadcast her finding to every smartphone, TV, and computer in the city.  Negative and his Inner Demons fled, covering their exit with a cloud of cyanide gas; the Wraith followed suit, unwilling to face the police.  Changing back to her civilian guise, she ran into Cooper, who revealed that she'd discovered her secret.  Watanabe explained everything to her; Cooper had no intention of turning her in, however, and instead suggested that, if she'd been able to discover the Wraith's identity, someone else could too.  She recommended that Yuri - and the Wraith - disappear for a while.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#674 - BTS) - Captain Watanabe went on leave.

(Superior Spider-Man#8) - Carlie Cooper called Watanabe and told her that she believed that Otto Octavius had taken over Spider-Man's body.  While Watanabe still held some resentment over Cooper uncovering her activites as the Wraith, Carlie appealed to her better nature and convinced Yuri to help her.

(Superior Spider-Man#10) - Returning from leave, Watanabe interviewed a number of cops about the death of Massacre, who Spider-Man had shot and killed.  Every officer she talked to, however, danced around the truth, protecting the web-slinger.  Cooper secretly listened in to the interviews; after the interviewees had all left, she confirmed to Watanabe that, having autopsied Massacre herself, only Spider-Man could possibly have shot him.

(Superior Spider-Man#14)  Watanabe and Cooper surveyed the wreckage of the Kingpin's Shadowland fortress, which had just been demolished by Spider-Man, his Spiderling henchmen, and his giant mechanical Arachnaughts. Cooper questioned how he could afford all this, and he suggested the city was paying for all of it. After he left, Watanabe noted that Cooper's theory was getting more plausible - and that Spider-Man's expenses would have showed up in the city's budget. She announced her plan to follow the money...as the Wraith!

(Superior Spider-Man#16) - While Spider-Man moved to take out the Hobgoblin, the Wraith grabbed one of his Spiderlings and interrogated him, asking him where Spider-Man's money was coming from. The henchman told her that everything was on the up-and-up; her polygraph sensors confirmed it, and her facial recognition systems found that he had no criminal record. Cooper contacted her and asked to get the man's bank account number; although she was dismayed at their lack of leads, the Wraith did so, allowing Carlie to find that the man was being paid from a large offshore bank account.

(Superior Spider-Man#19) - Watanabe and Cooper tracked the money trail to the Caribbean island of Grand Tauro, notorious as a tax shelter. As the Wraith, Yuri tracked down his banker, Antoine Morant and assaulted his armored SUV. To escape gunfire from his bodyguards, she leapt off his car and into the Jeep being driven by Carlie...but not before flooding the SUV's vents with fear gas. They followed him to his compound, fought their way through his guards, and found him shredding his documents. Carlie shot his shredder and grabbed a document from his hand - proving that Spider-Man's money came from the account of Dr. Octopus!

(Superior Spider-Man#20) - Back at Cooper's apartment, Carlie and Yuri wrapped up their evidence; Watanabe suggested that it wouldn't hold up in court, but Cooper told her that she was taking it to the Avengers, instead. Watanabe departed, with Carlie promising to keep her involvement in the investigation a secret.

(Superior Spider-Man#22) - When Carlie stopped responding to calls, Watanabe investigated, and found Cooper's apartment had been ransacked - and while her possessions were all there, her evidence against Spider-Man was gone. She suspected Spider-Man was responsible, and vowed to bring him in, dead or alive. 

(Superior Spider-Man#23) - Finding that the last call on carlie's phone had been made to Mary Jane Watson, Watanabe came to see Watson at her nightclub, MJ's. They listened to the message, which warned MJ to stay away from Peter Parker. MJ was cagey about Peter's involvement with Spider-Man, so Yuri left her with a warning not to mention the message to anyone.

(Superior Spider-Man#24) - Watanabe burst into Jay and May Jameson's apartment, looking for Parker. Instead, she found a screaming Mary Jane and a missing Parker (as Parker and the Venom symbiote he was harboring had just departed). Finding Mary jane evasive again, Watanabe took her down to the station for questioning.

(Superior Spider-Man#25) - The Jamesons came down to the station to demand that Watanabe release Mary Jane; she did so, but warned her that she'd be watching her and Parker.

Comments: Created by Dan Slott, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson.  Wraith created by Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Klaus Janson.

One of my favorite characters from Dan Slott's run on Spider-Man.  His long run allowed him to play the long game with her character, building her up over long periods of time.  I hope she turns up again.  2014 update: I hope she stops turning up so I don't have to keep editing this profile!

The armored nature of her costume is never mentioned outright, but we do see some goons shooting right at her, and she doesn't seem terribly bothered.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Yuri Watanabe, alias the Wraith,  should not be confused with:

...but has no known connections to:

Ronnie Chin

 (Amazing Spider-Man II#663/1 (fb) ) - A hardened criminal and lieutenant of Mr. Negative, at various points in his life Ronnie Chin burned down a house, threw a man off a train, and buried a woman alive.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#663/1) - The Wraith cornered Chin on the East River docks.  As she displayed uncanny knowledge of his criminal past, he demanded to know who she was, prompting her to unmask herself, revealing her to be Jean DeWolff!  The next morning, Chin confessed his crimes to NYPD captain Yuri Watanabe (unaware that she was actually the Wraith), terrified that the Wraith might return for him.

--Amazing Spider-Man II#663/1 (#663/1 (fb), #663/1


Robert Ross

 (Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1 (fb) ) - Robert Ross was a notorious human smuggler; numerous people died, packed into his shipping crates, and those who survived were sold into slavery.  Eventually, he changed his name to Ben Rothner, established Rothner Antiques, and began smuggling art instead - often with drugs inside, destined for Chinatown crimelord Mr. Negative.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1) - The Wraith attacked Rothner in his store, terrifying him with knowledge of his past crimes; although fearful of Negative's retribution, he relented when she revealed her "true face" and told her about Negative's plan to smuggle heroin-filled statues into the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

--Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1 (#664/1 (fb), #664/1


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Amazing Spider-Man II#619, p5, pan3 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man II#664, p25, pan1 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man II#663, p?, pan? (Wraith)

Amazing Spider-Man II#664, p4, pan3 (Jean DeWolff mask)

Amazing Spider-Man II#663, p?, pan? (Ronnie Chin)

Amazing Spider-Man II#664, p4, pan1 (Robert Ross)


Other Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man II#600/1 (September, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), inks, Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#618-619 (March, 2010) - Dan Slott (writer), Marcos Martin (art), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#620 (April, 2010) - Dan Slott (writer), Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido (art), Stephen Wacker (editor))
Amazing Spider-Man II#621 (April, 2010) - Dan Slott (writer), Michael Lark (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#650/1 (February, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas, John M. Damon, & Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#651/1 (February, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Carlos Cuevas & John M. Damon (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#655-656 (April-May, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Marcos Martin (art), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#658/1 (June, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Javier Pulido (art), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#663/1 (August, 2011) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#664/1 (August, 2011) - Dan Slott & Christos Gage (writers), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#674 (January, 2012) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#4 (April, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), John Dell (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#8 (June, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#10 (July, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Ryan Stegman (pencils/inks), Cam Smith (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#14 (October, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#16 (October, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#19 (December, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Ryan Stegman (pencils), Livesay (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#20 (December, 2013) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), John Dell (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
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Spider-Man#22-25 (January-March, 2014) - Dan Slott & Christos Gage (writers), Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)


Last updated: 01/29/06

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