WILD DOG (JACK WHEELER)

I was digging through two big boxes of my old comic books when I visited my mother’s house. I found an apparently complete set of the Wild Dog mini series, and sat down to read through it. It’s not as good as I remember it being when I read it as a teenager, but it was still a good read. I had almost forgot about the hockey masked vigilante.

Jack Wheeler went to college on a football scholarship. He dropped out due to an injury and spent some time in the Marines. He quit that after most of his squad was killed by a terrorist bomb. He returned to the Quad Cities and began taking night classes. His new girlfriend was targeted and slain by hitmen as she was secretly the daughter of a Chicago crime boss.

Armed with a Jatimatic GG-95 PDW and a pair of electrified “shock gloves”, his costume consists of camouflage pants, combat boots, a local college football jersey emblazoned with a snarling red dog (hiding his protective body armor), and a hockey mask to conceal his identity.

In the first issue of his limited series, he barges in on a hostage situation and kills all the criminals. He successfully rescues the endangered reporter. His actions in the beginning are mainly directed against domestic American terrorists led by the “Committee for Social Change”. He faces other threats, like a social group, the National Legion for Morality, willing to use arson to destroy pornographic material.

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