Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at the American Indian hero known as: Red Wolf
Appearances in Heroclix: Avengers Assemble
First Appearance: Avengers #80
Team Affiliations: The Rangers
Created By: Roy Thomas, John Buscema
William Talltrees is the son of Rebecca and Thomas Talltrees born in Wolf Point, Montana. His father is a Cheyenne tribal leader and told the young William tales of the legendary Red Wolf throughout his childhood. One day, William witnesses his father being strong armed by Cornelius van Lunt; later that night, van Lunt’s enforcers kill the rest of William’s family. William swears revenge and seeks out the ceremonial garb of Red Wolf and receiving a spiritual inheritance from Owayodata which tranforms William into a superhuman being. William adopts a wolf cub and names him Lobo before the pair follow his family’s murderers to New York City where they gain vengeance with the help of the Avengers.
With his conscience clear, Red Wolf continues battling evil in all its forms. He fought alongside heroes such as Tigra, Phantom Rider, Firebird, Texas Twister, Shooting Star, and the Defenders. These valiant heroes battle foes such as the Super-Skrull, Rat Pack, Hulk, and the Corruptor. He also battles the Bengal, who himself is attempting to take revenge for the murder of his own parents. Red Wolf also helps Dr. Strange in battling the Cheyenne pantheon and himself battles Roxxon. After the conclusion of the superhero civil war, Red Wolf becomes a member of Texas’ Fifty State Initiative team.
Red Wolf’s cub is replaced by a Skrull who reveals himself while attacking Red Wolf, Delroy Garrett, Eric O’Grady and the Rangers. Red Wolf never learns what happened to his cub, though he later adopts another. Red Wolf, alongside the Rangers, come into conflict with the Scarlet Spider in Houston before they all join forces to battle a creature made of pure energy.