Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Seeker of vengeance
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Nanabozho (as Coyote)
Enemies: Dina Wolkow, Wolverine, the townsfolk of Roamer, NM, USA
Known Relatives: Unrevealed
Base of Operations: Chavez County, New Mexico, USA
First Appearance: Wolverine Annual II#2 (November, 2008)
Powers/Abilities: The Navajo Coyote stood around 10 feet tall with a permanent snarl. It was armed with sharpened claws and teeth plus a savage and destructive nature that killed those it encountered in the immediate region. It had a powerful roar that could destroy the eardrums of its enemies. It did not appear to require sustenance but was very strong, swift and resilient.
(Wolverine Annual II#2 (fb)) - At some point in the 19th Century, white armed settlers attacked a small Navajo community. All but one child were killed in the massacre. In mourning but enraged, the boy prayed to the Navajo spirit god known as the Coyote, seeking protection and revenge. The Coyote offered revenge upon the invaders when they would thirst. The boy then slid into the disemboweled carcass of a coyote.
(Wolverine Annual II#2 - BTS) - The boy was encased in the coyote carcass, which mutated into a gigantic form, and became buried upright several meters into the ground.
(Wolverine Annual II#2 (fb)) - Many years later, guided by the water dowser Dina Wolkow, local white villagers were searching for a fresh groundwater supply and were drawn to the spot where the coyote beast lay buried. The head revealed, the creature bellowed a roar that permanently deafened the group of four until the diggers were able to bury it again. All but Dina died a few days later. Decades later, the local water had dried up again and a geologist expedition drilled at the same site. This let loose the beast, which tore up the drilling team and killed many people in the small town of Roamer, leaving considerable destruction in its wake and the surviving townsfolk in terror.
(Wolverine Annual II#2) - Wolverine wandered into Roamer to find it almost empty. He briefly smelled roadkill just before the coyote beast's roar destroyed his hearing. The creature smashed Wolverine through buildings, slashing at him, until Wolverine stabbed back. The beast retreated and Wolverine found out more about it from the town sheriff, who dubbed the creature the Navajo Coyote, and Dina Wolkow. Wolverine found and attacked the creature, but was kicked far away by its hind legs. The brutal fight continued until Wolverine's claws slashed the side of the malformed coyote, revealing the Navajo boy inside. He motioned to roar but had his throat pierced by Wolverine. He then threw his blood into the mutant hero's eyes, providing a spirit vision that revealed the Navajo boy's past. Emphasizing to the boy that the past was over and punishing the present was wrong, yet also recognizing no common tongue, Wolverine believed the boy understood as he killed him. Behind him, the spirit of the boy faded away.
Comments: Created by Duane Swierczynski (writer) and Mike Deodato (art).
The Navajo Coyote received its name from the town sheriff.
It's not revealed where the coyote carcass came from; potentially sent by the god to the boy and sacrificed. It's also not revealed how the enjoined creature came to be buried.
Presumably it would not have killed native Americans.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
The Navajo Coyote has no known connections to:
As a child living in the small town of Roamer, Dina Wolkow became known as the best water dowser in southeast New Mexico because of her abilities to find water using a forked stick. When she was 14, she detected what she was thought was water but was soon uncovered to be the fierce head of the Navajo Coyote. Its roar permanently deafened all those near it but they were able to bury it again. She later learned to read lips and speak again. Decades passed and the groundwater dried up again. Wolkow found out that they were planning to drill for water at the same old site and she rushed to warn them but was fobbed off. Later, seeing Wolverine as an intruder, she shot at him, but soon after told him of her experiences with the beast. Wolkow was very fond Jerusalem crickets and kept many near her.
--Wolverine Annual II#2
Wolverine Annual II#2, p24, pan1 (main image)
Wolverine Annual II#2 (November, 2008) - Duane Swierczynski (writer), Mike Deodato (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Last updated: 07/03/10
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