Death Jackal デスジャッカル

Death Jackal
Death Jackal

Length : 1.8-3.6 meters
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

None

Appearances

Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1 (2017)

Series // MonsterVerse (COMICS)


Description

Hyper-energetic, razor claws and a berserk frenzy mixed together to make up one of the deadly denizens of Skull Island. The Death Jackal lived in a constant state of rapid ferocity, causing them to be dangerous to approach. However, if left alone for a long enough span of time, the creature's blood lust will be turned on its own kind. Killing and eating each other in acts of cannibalism, consuming the calcium rich white blood that coarse through their veins, the Death Jackals are as much a threat to themselves as others. In situations were food is hard to come by, the beast will actually start to devour itself. This includes chewing off their own appendages, like a leg, with little thought of long term self preservation in these acts.

Despite their self-destructive nature, and antagonism to their own kind, the beasts will still sometimes hunt in packs. In 1995, members of MONARCH visited the island and happened upon a large pack of the creatures. Five members in total confronted the Death Jackals, including Aaron Brooks, Evegenij Medov, Evelyn Matemavi, Helen Karsten and Walter R. Riccio. The creatures had got the jump on them, with the crew worried about larger creatures which caused them to put their guard down for smaller threats.

The beasts wasted little time, lunging and killing Helen, a survival instructor who tried in vein to protect the others. Biting her in the chest, the creatures then proceeded to viciously tear her apart, tossing her severed limps about. The rest of the group attempted to hide in a cave, using their guns to score head shots against approaching Death Jackals. It was not long before the group was overrun, though, with Evegenij suffering a bite wound to the shoulder area. Others defended themselves with bladed weapons in close combat.

Suddenly, a huge fist outside slammed down on several of the creatures, killing them on impact. Unfolding, the hand then reached in the cave to grab more of the Death Jackals. This time, the hand closed on several of the reptile-like creatures, crushing them. Realizing the danger but also curious to the source, the rest of the beasts left the cave. This ended up being their undoing, as the giant creature, King Kong, raised his foot and smashed the surviving Death Jackals.


Powers / Weapons
None

None

The Death Jackal had no abnormal abilities.

It does feature claws, one particular elongated claw on its hand, and had a strong bite attack, equal in force to that of a great white shark. Despite appearances, the creature's shaggy looking mane is actually composed of an exoskeleton. However, this did not appear to grant the creature a tactical advantage.


Background and Trivia
  • The comic that the species appears in, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1, has not been released in Japan at this time. The creature's Japanese name, therefore, is a proximation of what this might be if they translate the English name as デスジャッカル (Desujakkaru).
  • The roar of the Death Jackal is heard during Legendary's promotional trailer for the Skull Island: The Birth of Kong series.
  • Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1 has a cryptozoology entry for the Death Jackal. The cryptozoological classification of the creature there is "Spinae Mortem". The overall sub-divison classification is Canus. It should also be mentioned that under the MONARCH designation category the creature is called a Deathjackal, as one word with no spaces. However, other references on the entry use two words, likely hinting the single word version was a typo.