Daken ( Dark Wolverine, Wolverine, and Uncanny X-Force )
Daken is the son of the X-Men’s Wolverine, but blames his father for his mothers’ death. With Wolverine’s claws and healing factor, plus a mutant pheromone that allows him to seduce women and men, he has proven to be a powerful adversary—though Daken’s sadistic and capricious nature make his real motivations (and whether he can love anyone) something of a mystery.
Current status: Believed dead, Daken resurfaced as the mastermind behind the new Brotherhood of Mutants and its plan to kill Wolverine and his allies in X-Force. Sheesh, talk about daddy issues!
Spot the Were-Terrier (iZombie)
Technically iZombie isn’t a superhero comic: Launched through DC comics’ Vertigo line, it’s more a old-school horror comic with post-ironic attitude. (Think The Walking Dead meets Twin Peaks.) But since zombie Gwen, ghost Ellie and caninethrope Scott—nicknamed Spot—help save Eugene, Oregon, from the hordes of the undead, they definitely qualify as do-gooders.
At first Scott’s ability to transform into a were-terrier was played for comic effect. But when he becomes besotted with Gwen’s brother, Gavin, the comic made strong parallels between being a closet case and being the monster hiding in the closet. And honestly, when vampires, mummies and government agents lurk around every corner, the gay agenda doesn’t quite seem so threatening in comparison.
Current status: Sadly, iZombie was canceled with its August issue, #28. But Scott’s adventures have been compiled in the trade paperbacks Dead to the World, uVampire, Six Feet Under & Rising and Repossessed, hitting stores in December.