Werewolf by Night (real name Jack Russel) is a victim of an ancient family curse and struggled for years with his bestial alter-ego. But over time has conquered his inner demons. Now he fights the dark forces that plague our world. He is an enforcer of justice, an avenger of shadows, and a Werewolf By Night. He is a member of the Howling Commandos along with Blade, N'Kantu, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster and Man-Thing
As the most level-headed member of the Howling Commandos, Jack is a natural leader and he understands that the world isn't ready for the Supernatural.
When Spider-Man returns to the Tricarrier to meet with Nick Fury, who introduces him to his new team the Howling Commandos.
After being introduced to the new team they are interrupted by Dracula along with Spider-Man's mesmerized team when they arrive on the Helicarrier to get Tekamentep's Ankh. Spider-Man tries to fight Dracula when he tries to grab the Ankh as Spider-Man is assisted by Frankenstein's Monster. Dracula succeeds in making off with Tekamentep's Ankh as Werewolf by Night states that Dracula will activate Tekamentep's Ankh at sunrise. Peter still in costume and the commandos go to Aunt Man's house to check if she is alright, setting up vampires traps and N'Kantu casts some protection spells. Using the Monster Truck, Spider-Man, Blade, and the Howling Commandos head to Transylvania to confront Dracula. Spider-Man, Blade, and the Howling Commandos enter Dracula's castle where Dracula unleashes his minions on them. They release the Man-Thing who takes out all the shadow vampires at in one go. When they confront Dracula, the Howling Commandos fight to keep Dracula from activating the Ankh while Spider-Man frees his team. As Dracula prepares to join the pieces of Tekamentep's Ankh, Spider-Man snatches the Ankh out of Dracula's hands with the help of Frankenstein's Monster as the sun rises. This causes Dracula to retreat, N'Kantu took Tekamentep's Anhk for himself which he uses to restore his body and teleport to Manhattan in giant size to deal with Nick Fury (who N'Kantu claimed to have the Howling Commandos as part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "collection of freaks") where N'Kantu engages the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. With help from a giant-sized Man-Thing, Spider-Man uses Blade's sword to cut Tekamentep's Anhk from around N'Kantu's neck which regresses N'Kantu back to his mummy form. Spider-Man thanks Blade and the Howling Commandos for their help and tells the team the only thing they are missing is an invisible Man, but at that moment his pants are pulled down to revealed Max, the "Invisible Man" who had been guarding Aunt May's house.
Powers and Abilities
- Lycan Physiology: Jack Russell is a descendent of the mystically altered offshoot of humans known as Lycanthropes. During the night of the full moon and the two nights surrounding it he is forced to transform into a werewolf, a large, powerful form which is a hybrid of human and wolf, and loses his human intellect. Through a series of events, he is also capable of transforming voluntarily outside of the full moon, at which time he remains in control of himself.
- Superhuman Strength: In his human form, he has strength that is higher than most humans. In his Werewolf form, his strength rises beyond his human form's limits.
- Superhuman Speed: In his human form, he has speed that is greater than olympic level athletes. In his werewolf form, his speed increases drastically & he runs very quickly on all four limbs. He also has superhuman reflexes in both states.
- Superhuman Senses: In both forms, he has highly developed canine senses that is much greater than the likes of police dogs. He was able to see through Dracula's illusions & smell him out of his hiding spot.
- Superhuman Stamina: He shows no signs of fatigue for days of excessive physical exertion.
- Superhuman Durability: In both forms, he is resistant to many forms of conventional injury and very hard to kill by conventional means.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: In both forms, he has a high level healing factor. If he is severely wounded, he regenerates from superficial legions instantaneously. However wounds from Silver take much longer to heal & he needs medical attention. Regeneration of limbs also seem unlikely. However like all mystical creature he is immune from age & diseases.
- Vampirism Immunity: Werewolves or Lycans are the only known species to be absolutely immune to the Vampire Virus's effects. They will not even feel the slightest amount of pain or side-effect from extreme exposure to the Vampire Virus.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: He has taking vast amounts of training in various martial arts in order to further enhance his combat capabilities.
- Military Protocols: He has shown an extensive amount of knowledge about S.H.I.E.L.D. tactics & protocols.
- Magic Powers: He is vulnerable to magic based attacks, such as Dracula's hallucinations.
- Silver: like all supernatural creatures, he can be killed by weapons made of silver, due to its inherent mystical "purity".