Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt delves into the story of Gregor, the third to assume the mantle worn by Kraven — and one of the most dangerous hunters yet.
The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #2, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #2 continues exploring the backstory of Gregor, the third to assume the mantle of Kraven the Hunter, and explains how he transformed from a relatively normal man into a hulking behemoth with psychic powers.
Gregor’s monologue in Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #2 reveals he consumed herbs and potions that would have killed most men. These intoxicants caused his mind and consciousness to expand, granting him psychic abilities that he has used to sow doubt and manipulate trauma in Peter Parker’s mind. Constant training also caused Gregor to physically transform, turning him into a strongman worthy of carrying on the legacy of Kraven the Hunter.
The Origin Of Gregor
First appearing in 1994’s Spider-Man #47, Gregor was introduced as the servant and close confidant of the original Kraven the Hunter, Sergei Kravinoff. After Sergei committed suicide in the finale of the classic “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story of 1987, Gregor raised Kraven’s son, Vladimir Kravinoff, who would later call himself the Grim Hunter. Vladimir was eventually killed by Kaine — a clone of Peter Parker — in 1995’s Spider-Man #55, and Gregor swore to avenge both generations of the Kravinoff family.
Despite this oath of vengeance, Gregor’s story was never fully told, and he next appeared in the Savage Land in 1997’s Ka-Zar series, looking far more physically intimidating than ever before. Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt takes place in past continuity during the infamous “Clone Saga” storyline of the ’90s that saw Peter’s doppelganger, Ben Reilly, temporarily take over as the preeminent Spider-Man of New York City. After 1995’s Spider-Man: The Final Adventure series, Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland to start a new life during this brief period. The Lost Hunt delves into Gregor’s attempts to destabilize their happiness.
Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt is written by J. M. DeMatteis, who also penned “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #2 features art by Eder Messias, Belardino Brabo and Brent Peeples, with colors by Neeraj Menon and Cris Peter, and letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna. Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #2 boasts covers by Ryan Brown, Philip Tan & Brad Anderson and Oscar Fetscher. The issue is on sale now.