The Wraith: A Superhero Novel Paperback – Nov 1 2005
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The story of the Wraith takes place in a fictional American metropolis called Metro City, described in the first page of the novel as "[a] hothouse of evil an corruption." There is only one man who stands a chance of saving this city from itself and delivering it's decent citizens from a gruesome fate: the Wraith, Dread Avenger of the Underworld!
The novel is well paced and is split into two parts. The first part chronicles an origin story of sorts. Without giving too much away, it is definitely an origin story, but a certain plot device of this origin story is deftly woven in ingeniously executed in such a way to avoid the lengthy set-up pitfalls that often times have to come with origin stories. There's no long lead in, no long wait for the Wraith to appear.
The second part shows the Wraith facing off against his greatest enemy to date, the fearsome Cobra. The insidious plans of this nefarious and deadly figure seem to spell certain doom for the city and it's watchful protector.
The first time I read this novel was when it was originally released. After a few years, I found my way back to the character's website, [...], and saw that more adventures had been written. Remembering the first novel fondly, I placed the order for the remaining books and freshened up on the character by reading it a second time, and it holds up. I've already cracked open his second adventure, "Valley of Fear" (Amazon review to follow) and this novel seems like it may surpass the first.
A confrontation between The Wraith, and a crimelord goes wrong, and The Wraith ends up on his doorstep.
Next thing, he wakes up in a different house, in a different body - and Reeve is then apparently the wraith. Presumably transferred by the mystical 'Eyes of Judgement' amulet. The Wraith is a Batman-level hero, with this added Ghost Rider/Spirit of Vengeance power to make people experience all the evil they have done.
There is a grieving girlfriend, and some other honest cops out to solve his disappearance.
When The Wraith appears again, crimelord Latham hires a super-assassin to deal with him. Nasty methods has this man, as he starts an assassination campaign to bring out The Wraith, and kills anybody he feels like.
Amusingly, The Cobra has a henchman named Khan.
There is a final desperate confrontation, on an airship.
Clearly more adventures to come wit how this is set up.