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The Coyote is a drifter and he is happiest when wandering the desert country he calls home. The Coyote is human in appearance with a noticeably feral attitude. He has extremely long retractable claws on his hands and a set of teeth with unusually sharp canines. His outfit is reminiscent of a mysterious plains drifter complete with a huge duster that flows behind him as he moves. He possesses the power of summoning in that he can bring forth a pack of coyotes from the void in his coat. He can also fire cactus quills from inside his coat as well. He has the power to conjure up the spirits of the earth and his ancestors in order to get advice as well as to get help when needed.
The Coyote is very adaptable; he easily survives and even thrives in 130-degree heat as well as -60 degree cold. He’s a mysterious multifaceted character that, although he doesn’t always show it, is as dependable as the Phoenix heat.
Despite some minor issues, The Coyote is one of the Guardians that captures his home city the best.
Let me get this out of the way first. The Coyote looks like Wolverine from X-Men. I thought it was just the mask at first, but the fact that he has “extremely long retractable claws on his hands” does nothing to help.
But! Stan Lee does plenty to add to this Guardian to make The Coyote a unique superhero. I love the desert imagery that is invoked with this character. A mysterious desert wanderer. He shoots cactus quills from his coat. He can summon a pack of coyotes. And he can call upon the spirits of the earth. See that dinosaur behind him in the picture? Yeah, he’s gonna eatchu up, motherfucker.
I love the drifter aspect of The Coyote. He can survive in extreme cold or extreme heat. Kinda like the Phoenix Coyotes themselves, which used to be the Winnipeg Jets. Which is in Canada. Which is a cold place.
And the summoning thing? Yeah. Fucking awesome.
I do have some qualms with the design of The Coyote though. While I like each individual piece: the coat, the boots, the mask. I don’t think they work well together and The Coyote ends up with a design that seems all over the place.
Final Word from Lance
Let’s hope the Phoenix Coyotes don’t take too much to their Guardian’s wanderer/drifter ways. They’ve been struggling to stay in Arizona, and while many people want the team to move to a more traditional hockey market, the players and the NHL want some stability in their home.