Real Name: Maria DeLorentti
(Earth-93060/Ultraverse) human mutate
(1930s to current era)
Occupation: Paranormal investigator and
Group Membership: Seventh
Affiliations: Gabriel Frost, Zachariah
Enemies: demons (Qualaero,
others), vampires, witches ("Daughters of the Moon" coven, others), wraiths
Known Relatives: Anna (sister), Alexus
(sister), mother (name unrevealed)
Base of Operations: Mobile on Earth-93060;
initially only Salem, Massachusetts, USA
First Appearance: Witch Hunter#1 (April, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Witch Hunter is long-lived
and has been trained in many forms of hand-to-hand combat. She is
learned in the
supernatural. Her body developed "metabodies" that resist supernatural
harm and provide very quick regenerative abilities; this has kept her
ageless since she turned 21 years old. She is armed with a
sanctified sword that she can instantly summon for use in battle. Her
right arm is an armored prosthetic. She despises supernatural beings,
especially demons, and is eager to kill them. She has no problems with
athletic activity in high heels.
Weight: 135 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Light gray (formerly black)
(Witch Hunter#1 (fb)) - In 1936 in Salem,
Massachusetts, Maria DeLorentti, on the cusp of her 21st birthday, was
enjoying dinner with her
poor mother and sisters Anna and Alexus when malevolent ectoplasmic
wraiths, linked to the house, again accosted them, more brutal than
before. Zachariah Frost, agent of the covert paranormal group Seventh
Sign, leapt in as Maria was about to be violently pulled through a
portal by the wraiths. Zachariah's sword collapsed the portal, but
Maria sacrificed her arm while Alexus was lost, Anna left comatose and
her mother dead. She swore holy vengeance and Zachariah invited her to
join the Seventh Sign once she recovered.
(Witch Hunter#1 (fb) - BTS) - The supernatural attack
left Maria infected, but her immune system developed "metabodies" to
counter it, leaving her immune to supernatural harm and with a highly
elevated regenerative system. Maria gained an armored prosthetic arm,
its abilities unrevealed. She became an active agent of the Seventh
Sign, taking up Zachariah's sword as a weapon, and kept serving them
for decades. Although now no longer
aging, her hair went light gray.
(Witch Hunter#1) - Witch Hunter tracked down the
female vampire coven "Daughters of the Moon", killing a sentry vampire
the way, to save Zachariah's grandson, Gabriel Frost (also a Seventh
Sign agent). Unwilling to lose Gabriel due to the impending ceremony,
she surrendered and let the vampires drink from her. But her
metabody-charged blood was poisonous to the vampires and all perished
except the Witch Queen. Maria killed her with her sanctified sword,
then released Gabriel.
(Angels of Destruction#1) -
Maria ruminated on her
past and family loss, as well as her hatred of supernatural entities,
before confronting the disguised demon Qualaero,
who had demonically enslaved people in a nightclub. Hoping to evade
he tempted Maria with an offer to show her key others' souls to learn
life lessons. Calling her "Angel" and asking for a lesser penalty of
banishment, he promised to keep her safe as she glimpsed at the lives
of three female powerful "ultras" (super-humans): Topaz,
and Shuriken, and then even her comatose sister Anna. But he tried to
renegotiate the deal after she briefly bonded with the three ultras.
Angered, she destroyed him with her sword.
Comments: Created by Laurie Sutton (writer), Joyce Chin (pencils), Barb Kaalberg & Maria Beccari (inks).
Both issues were one-shots. Witch Hunter is one of the last characters created in the final days of the Ultraverse.
The Seventh Sign history was described in a text-only
one-pager in Witch Hunter#1 by Mark Paniccia and Keith Planit.
the holy weapons were gifts from angels. In Ultraverse: Future Shock, the sword
of an alternate
future Maria DeLorentti could open portals to neighboring realities;
it's likely this version could too. The cover to Witch Hunter#1 shows
her holding a gun.
The editorial response in Angels of Destruction was that "Witch Hunter was originally created to be a regular series before the Malibu implosion" (the first issue was apparently very well received); the series would've likely included more on the Seventh Sign and supernatural aspects. Just one of so many untold tales of the Ultraverse.
I'll attribute her sexualized uniform as an intended
distraction against certain opponents.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Witch Hunter has no known connections to:
Dr. Zachariah Frost was an agent of the covert group
Seventh Sign, but was frustrated in his role as observer. Witnessing
malevolent wraith attacks on the DeLorentti family in 1936, he leapt in
Maria was about to pulled through a portal and used his sword to close
it. He invited her to join the Seventh Sign to avenge her family, later
passing on his holy sword to her when she became an agent.
Eventually he had a grandson, Gabriel
Frost. When the adult Gabriel was kidnapped in the current era for
sacrifice by a
coven of vampire
witches, Zachariah provided remote advice to Witch Hunter for his
Qualaero was an insidious demon who fed on human
souls, but was particularly fond of those of "ultras" (super-humans).
However, past encounters with ultras who could fight back taught him to
avoid them. He had the power to glimpse into the souls of others.
In a debonair human disguise, he
demonically enslaved a nightclub when Witch Hunter found him. Calling
her "Angel" (for unrevealed reasons), he offered her glimpses into
other powerful females (Topaz,
Shuriken and Amber
Hunt) to learn life lessons. After that, he dashed Maria's hopes to
contact her comatose sister Anna, so Maria popped him like a boil with
her sword when he turned into his short demon form.
--Angels of Destruction#1
The Seventh Sign (or simply 7S) was a covert US government organization, founded at the USA's beginning, that investigated and regulated the paranormal. Past Commanders-in-Chief included George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, although some presidents chose not to take on the role. As the USA thrived economically, Seventh Sign's scope expanded to protecting the world. Based underground in Salem, Massachusetts, it divided the world into seven zones, each protected by a Master Agent, each armed with a powerful and unique holy weapon. Zachariah Frost, Gabriel Frost and Maria DeLorentti were all Seventh Sign agents.
--Witch Hunter#1 (Angels of Destruction#1 - BTS
Malevolent serpentine wraiths, linked to the
DeLorentti's house, terrorized the occupants in the mid-1930s; each
visitation became more violent. The Seventh Sign organization only
observed and did not want to interfere. While ectoplasmic, they could
take slithering form and kidnapped Alexus DeLorentti and almost Maria
Frost severed the portal with his holy sword.
Angels of Destruction#1, cover (main image)
Witch Hunter#1, p, pan (headshot, black hair)
Angels of Destruction#1, p38, pan2 (cleaning sword)
Witch Hunter#1, p14, pan1 (Frost)
Angels of Destruction#1, p5, pan7 (Qualaero, human disguise)
Angels of Destruction#1, p37, pan4 (Qualaero, demon form)
Witch Hunter#1, last page (Seventh Sign logo)
Witch Hunter#1 (April, 1996) - Laurie Sutton (writer), Joyce Chin (pencils), Barb Kaalberg & Maria Beccari (inks), Hajime Sorayama (cover), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Angels of Destruction#1 (October, 1996) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leonard Kirk (pencils & inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
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