"So. This whole world is my responsibility, since Raphaela was called upstairs. And I'm 'very' busy. So if you think I'm letting you get out there and make my job any harder, you'd better think again." - Gabrielle
Raphaela is briefly mentioned for the first time in Spawn issue #9 by Gabrielle. All we learn is that she was called “upstairs” and this allowed Gabrielle to take over as the Director of Terran Affairs.