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Wolfpack

The Wolfpack are a group of teen-aged youths who reside in the South Bronx, in New York City.

The five youths who would one day comprise the Wolfpack were selected for their extraordinary abilities and aptitude by a retired former naval officer known only as Mr. Mack. Mack trained the youths separately from adolescence into their teen years to develop their individual skills of hand-to-hand combat, strategy, stealth, speed, endurance, and raw strength. Then, at a time he deemed appropriate, Mack made the existence and abilities of the youths known to each other.

The teens were told they would participate in an age-old conflict based on an ancient legend. According to Mack, the Wolfpack began over two thousand years ago when a lost tribe of Israel wandered into China, and told of a peculiar covenant that the "God of the Hebrews" had made, promising the perpetual existence of ten just and truly righteous men in the world at all times. However, to preserve cosmic balance, there would also be nine mortal men completely devoid of compassion, love or charity, whose only purpose would be the undoing of the ten and the proliferation of evil for its own sake. These men were called "The Nine."

In order to keep The Nine and their extremely successful methods in check, one of the ten renounced his status and formed a renegade cult. This cult was hunted by The Nine and forced into hiding in the hills, living like wild wolves and honing their skills for conflict with The Nine.

Mack first came into contact with one of these Wolfpacks during World War II, while stationed on a gunboat on the Yellow River in China. He met and was trained by an elderly Chinese woman in ancient martial arts whose perfection of form was superior to all contemporary martial arts. After the war, Mack was tutored further in these arts to battle the Nine while stationed in Japan. The exact nature of this later training, and the identity of his teachers remain unrevealed.

Macks newly formed Wolfpack began battling the forces of the Nine in the Bronx shortly after their inception, Mack later disappeared, abducted from his apartment after a violent struggle, and the Pack was forced to act on their own to save teammate Samuel "Slippery Sam" Weltshmerz from wrongful arrest and assassination at the hands of The Nine. Shortly thereafter, the original five members of the Wolfpack swore a blood oath to be a new Wolfpack, whose territory would be the hills of the South Bronx. Mack witnessed this bonding, apparently displaying a superhuman imperviousness to bullets. The final fate of Mr. Mack remains unrevealed.

In battling a powerful member of The Nine known as Apollo, Wolfpack member Raphael Vega discovered that Apollo was his true father. A showdown following this discovery forced Vega to take his father's life in order to protect a teammate. This act brought Vega an inheritance from Apollo of holdings in Bedlam Co., a front company of The Nine, making Vega an official member of The Nine. This inheritance temporarily estranged Vega from the group, lessening the Wolfpack's presence on the streets. During this period, an insanely sociopathic youth known as Christian pressed several crack-addicted youths into a new gang, the Wizards, with the purpose of making the South Bronx their own. Vega rejoined the Wolfpack and shortly thereafter helped defeat Christian and the Wizards, but only after Christian succeeded in slaying Samuel Weltshmerz.

The surviving pack members continue to protect and patrol the Bronx, and battle the forces of The Nine.

FIRST APPEARANCE: Wolfpack Graphic Novel

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