Membership: Unidentified sentient energy fields
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Mojoverse/Mojoworld)
Purpose: Guarding the Citadel at the End of Time, serving Mojo
Aliases: "Leather Zombies" (called by Wolverine)
Affiliations: Abcissa, Chimera, D.O.A., Emmett, Emplate (Marius St. Croix), Mojo
formerly Dirt Nap
Enemies: Elwood, Generation X (Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Penance/Monet St. Croix, Skin/Angelo Espinosa, Synch/Everett Thomas, White Queen/Emma Frost), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Spiral ("Ricochet" Rita Wayword), Venom (Eddie Brock), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Base of Operations: The Citadel at the End of Time, the Crunch
First Appearance: Wolverine II#52 (March, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: The Plasma Wraiths are sentient energy fields held together by black leather wrappings to form a humanoid-shape. The Plasma Wraiths live at the Crunch, at the end of time but are also able to travel to different timelines through a wide variety of objects. While in their native timeline, their power is concentrated, making their insides hot as a blast furnace. When they time travel, they lose strength and are more easily destroyed. Plasma Wraiths have razor-sharp claws and the ability to shoot concentrated beams of energy from their eye sockets. The Plasma Wraiths have a distinctive way of talking, using several synonyms in one sentence (see comments).
(Wolverine II#53 (fb) - BTS) - Mojo came up with a new plan to gain more footage for his holo-vision movies by stalling the Crunch, the big implosion at the end of time that would end all existence. He traveled to the end of time to create a citadel and a vortex that halted the Crunch. To guard the citadel, Mojo created a large army of servants composed of sentient energy fields, calling them Plasma Wraiths.
(Wolverine II#52 (fb) - BTS) - Furious at Spiral for betraying him, Mojo sent one of his Plasma Wraiths back along a seeker beam that homed in on Spiral's sword circuits.
(Wolverine II#52) - The Plasma Wraith found Spiral in the Cloud Nine Motel in Salem Center where the teleporter had met up with Wolverine and Mystique. Spiral tried to warn Wolverine and Mystique but was too late to prevent the Plasma Wraith from entering the room through a painting on the wall. Wolverine and Spiral sprung into action, each cutting of one of the Wraith's arms. This caused its energy to be sucked back into the painting on the wall, leaving only the wrappings of its arms behind. Spiral explained the Wraiths' existence to the surprised mutants, before opening a portal for them to travel to the Crunch, the source of all their problems, calling it "a place considered to be the end of time and all of existence". At the Crunch, the group was met by another Plasma Wraith who was ready to kill the humans. During the fight Wolverine noticed how this Wraith was significantly more powerful. Hearing the Plasma Wraith babbling movie-jargon, Mystique realized Mojo had to be involved. She quickly transformed into the blubbering tyrant. Shocked to see the one they called "the Auteur" the Wraith stopped his attack, giving Wolverine and Spiral the break they needed to slash the creature into small pieces. With the Wraith out of the way, the group continued to the citadel.
(Wolverine II#53) - Inside the citadel, Wolverine, Mystique and Spiral encountered Mojo on a large ultra gas-plasma screen. He ordered his Plasma Wraiths to capture them. Obeying his orders, a large army of Wraiths then arose from the very screen, ready to attack. Spiral chose to stay behind and fight the Wraiths while Wolverine and Mystique mounted a bicycle to find Mojo. After destroying several of the Plasma Wraiths, Spiral figured she was merely wasting time dealing with underlings. She joined the mutants in their search of Mojo. While riding the temporal vortex, the three unlikely heroes encountered a giant image of Gateway (possibly via Dreamtime) who pointed his allies to the solution for their problems: the living weapons Elsie-Dee and Albert. Just then, Mojo arrived with his prisoner Jubilee, his servant Abcissa and a group of Plasma Wraiths. The creatures attacked Wolverine while Spiral and Mystique left the battle to locate Elsie-Dee and Albert in Canada. Their plan worked: Spiral sent a powerful missile through her portal which Wolverine mounted, steering it right at Mojo. Just before the missile would hit, Wolverine was rescued by Jubilee who drove the motorcycle through the portal back to Earth. The missile destroyed Mojo's vortex, ending his plans.
(Venom: Tooth and Claw#2 (fb) - BTS) - Hearing that Wolverine was being recruited by Landau, Luckman & Lake, Chimera sought to set a trap for the hero by luring the deadly Dirt Nap into the location where Wolverine would be arriving. In need of minions, Chimera traveled to the Crunch at the End of Time and convinced several of the leaderless Plasma Wraiths to serve her.
(Venom: Tooth and Claw#2) - Moving to check on the trap, Chimera stepped through a portal to find a bizarre battle between Emmett, Wolverine, Venom, Dirt Nap, Scream, and the Phage's ship containing Earth youths Jerry and Rocky. Emmett immediately opened fire on them, but two Plasma Wraiths attacked, holding the heroes back while Chimera used her dragon to ensnare the Phage ship. The two Plasma Wraiths were shredded to pieces by Wolverine and Venom while Chimera grabbed Dirt Nap, who'd copied Scream's form, and departed through the portal. Chimera then continued and used her Lepton Imploder to trap the Earth heroes. Using her stasis field, she pulled Dirt Nap and the Phage's ship to safety. Chimera expected the heroes to follow her and strung up Dirt Nap to pose as a trap while she waited for them with an army of Plasma Wraiths.
(Venom: Tooth and Claw#3) - Chimera held her Plasma Wraiths back while Wolverine and Venom savagely battled over the fate of Dirt Nap. Chimera sent the Wraiths out to fight, not realizing the fighting heroes had fallen into Chimera's trap. Emmett tossed a photon grenade, but Chimera used her telekinesis to ensnare Wolverine while the Plasma Wraiths attacked Venom. However, the Wraiths proved no match for Venom. The heroes defeated Dirt Nap and the Wraiths, Chimera exploded another Lepton Imploder, opening a rift in the dimensional walls hoping to take the heroes out. However, Venom and Wolverine escaped in the Phage's ship, leaving Chimera, the Wraiths and Dirt Nap to fly into the rift.
(Generation X I#33) - Shocked to find a mysterious door had appeared in their secret headquarters, D.O.A. informed his master Emplate. When they opened it, Chimera, Dirt Nap and two Plasma Wraiths came crashing out of it. Introducing herself as the leader, Chimera explained her recent troubles with mutants, symbiotes and delinquent juveniles. Apparently aware of who she was talking to, Chimera proposed an alliance between her party and Emplate.
(Generation X I#34) - Promising to lead Emplate to the mutants he so desired, Chimera set off a Lepton Imploder through which they could travel to Earth. Chimera, the Plasma Wraiths, Emplate and D.O.A. popped up in the middle of the Massachusetts Academy med-lab where Synch, Chamber and Penance were visiting with the comatose M-twins (Nicole and Claudette St. Croix). The Plasma Wraiths immediately went for the twins, Chamber blasted one back while Penance fought the other. Alarmed by the fight, the twins reformed into M who in turn jumped Emplate. When they touched, their forms merged into an amalgamation that called itself M-Plate.
(Generation X I#35) - Realizing M-Plate was a new, separate entity one of the Plasma Wraiths wondered if their deal was still on. As it held Synch down other members of Generation X, including Skin, White Queen, and Banshee, rushed in. Chimera launched one of her dragons at them, though she had difficulty focusing when Synch tried reasoning with her about M-Plate's dangers. Synch, using Skin's powers, tried freeing himself from the Plasma Wraith. Annoyed, Chimera tried to blast him, only for Banshee to use his wail against her. In the end, M-Plate grew fed up and figured it was time to leave, but not before kidnapping Synch because he was the one who could fulfill "their" needs. Despite Generation X's best efforts, M-Plate, Chimera and the Plasma Wraiths teleported away with their hostage.
(Generation X I#36) - Once they'd arrived on a reality parallel to that of Earth, Chimera, the Plasma Wraiths, D.O.A. and M-Plate were well on their way towards the Universal Amalgamator. M-Plate planned to join all sentient beings into a single all-encompassing awareness.
(Generation X I#37) - At the Amalgamator, the two Plasma Wraiths carried the giant bubble in which Synch was kept prisoner up the large structure. M-Plate revealed that they needed Synch to copy the powers of Gaia a young mutant who served as guardian of the Amalgamator. With her powers, he could open the building so M-Plate could complete her plan.
(Generation X I#38) - The Plasma Wraiths held the bubble containing Synch above Gaia while M-Plate tried to convince the teenagers to help them in her plans. Ignoring D.O.A.'s warnings, Chimera stated that she no longer wanted to go along with M-Plate's plans. Furious at this betrayal, M-Plate fired off an energy blast that seemingly incinerated Chimera. The Plasma Wraiths did nothing to help their apparent leader. Just then, Banshee, Jubilee, Penance, Dirt Nap and Elwood the Pooka arrived at the Amalgamator but proved no match for M-Plate's power. Elwood the Pooka poked Dirt Nap with a magical pin that gave the normally cowardly mutant all the confidence he needed to take on M-Plate. As the super charged Dirt Nap swallowed M-Plate, the forcefields keeping Synch and Gaia vanished.
(Generation X I#39) - The Plasma Wraiths watched as the furious D.O.A. jumped up and down on Dirt Nap to get him to free M-Plate. When he finally released his captives, Dirt Nap exploded as a result of the internal power struggle between Marius, Claudette and Nicole St. Croix. In the end, only Emplate and the twins resurfaced. Emplate attacked, forcing Generation X to intervene. However, the fight damaged the Universal Amalgamator, which was about to explode. During the fight, Penance tore up one of the Plasma Wraiths with her razor-sharp claws while the other was incinerated by Chamber. In the aftermath Generation X and Gaia successfully returned to Earth.
Comments: Created by Larry Hama (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks).
The Plasma Wraith's excessive use of synonyms might be caused by their innate ability to access alternate timelines. They've become so used to existing in different variations of the same actuality that it affected their speech. Either that or Larry Hama really liked to show off his skills with a thesaurus.
The Crunch is the opposite of the Big Bang, the end of all that is Spiral described the Crunch as "a place where time folds in on itself. The end of time, the end of all existence". Perhaps the Crunch as it was seen and described in Wolverine II#52-53 is how the whole Multiverse ended in Secret Wars (2015).
Profile by MarvellousLuke
The Plasma Wraiths have no known connections to:
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Wolverine II#52, p2, pan4,5 (main image)
Wolverine II#52, p17, pan1,2,3 (fighting Wolverine, Spiral and Mystique)
Wolverine II#53, p12, pan4 (ordered around by Mojo)
Generation X I#36, p21, pan2 (riding alongside Chimera)
Generation X I#38, p5, pan1 (holding Synch)
Generation X I#39, p8, pan3 (destroyed by Chamber)
Wolverine II#52 (March, 1992) - Larry Hama (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#53 (April, 1992) - Larry Hama (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green, Hilary Barta, Klaus Janson (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Venom: Tooth and Claw#2 (January, 1997) - Larry Hama (writer), Joe St. Pierre (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Venom: Tooth and Claw#3 (February, 1997) - Larry Hama (writer), Joe St. Pierre (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Generation X I#33 (December, 1997) - Larry Hama (writer), Steve Harris (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X I#34 (January, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Steve Harris (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X I#35 (February, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Jason Johnson (pencils), Edwin Rosell, Sean Parsons, Vince Russell (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X I#36 (March, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Andy Smith (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X I#37 (April, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Andy Smith (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X I#38 (May, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Generation X I#39 (June, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Terry Dodson, Dan Lawlis (pencillers), Rachel Dodson, Jon Holdredge (inkers), Ruben Diaz (editor)
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