How Wolverine’s first and most powerful evil son became a Marvel Multiverse threat

Sabreclaw from the MC2 Universe was actually before Daken for years, setting the standard for what it meant to be “Wolverine’s evil son.”

Due to the unique elements of the different worlds across the multiverse, there are plenty of heroes and villains that are unique to their own individual worlds. While unique variants may exist in some worlds, they may end up being interesting precursors to future characters taking on more important roles in the Marvel universe.

A notable example is the MC2 son of Wolverine, Sabreclaw – who shares a shocking amount in common with the Earth-616 Roof. In fact, Sabreclaw went over five years prior and could almost be seen as a multiversal first draft of the Roof.

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Hudson Logan – aka Sabreclaw – was a minor figure in the MC2 world, debuting in J2 # 8 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Lim. In that reality, the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe were obsolete, and a new generation emerged to fill the void. This includes children of classic heroes, such as Spider-Girl and Wild Thing – the daughter of Spider-Man and Wolverine, respectively. Son of Wolverine and an undiscovered woman, Rina Logan’s half-brother Hudson was a far more dangerous character than his heroic sister. After developing an evil rivalry with Wild Thing, Sabreclaw turned out to be a ferocious villain. He even ended up getting enough of a threat to fight A-Next – Avengers on this timeline.

In addition to Wolverine’s healing factor and endurance, Sabreclaw possessed a more wild body. He seemed more akin to Sabretooth than his birth father – who has often been suggested to have some kind of relationship with Logan. Sabreclaw even seemed to adopt Sabretooth’s identity. He found a way to extend his claws with adamantium sheaths, giving him a weapon capable of counteracting his sister’s unique psionic claws. Sabreclaw, who preceded Daken by over half a decade, actually shares many similarities with the more well-known evil son of Wolverine. Both Daken and Sabreclaw began life as a villain and developed a deep rivalry with their “siblings” – Wild Thing in the MC2 Universe and Laura / X-23 in the core Marvel Universe of Earth-616.

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Both Sabreclaw and Daken turned against their father’s heroic legacy. Both also showed some affinity for Sabretooth, with Daken ending up under his wings for a time, while Victor Creed clearly served as inspiration for Sabreclaw. Like Daken, Sabreclaw wanted to endanger the Avengers as part of a dangerous team of villains. While Daken was made one of the riders of the Apocalypse twins, Sabreclaw joined his world’s newest incarnation of the Revengers. It was remarkable, however, that both characters seemed to want to earn their father’s love and respect. Logan and Daken spent years discovering the key to their relationship. Meanwhile, Sabreclaw was introduced to attacking Wild Thing to prove he was the true heir to their father’s legacy.

Both characters also ended up taking a more heroic path in the long run. Daken eventually made peace with his family and has become an anti-hero in the Krakoa era – even joining the X-Factor before moving to Marauders. Meanwhile, Sabreclaw fought against the heroes of his world for some time. But he ended up working with A-Next during the events of Last Planet Standing by Tom DeFalco and Pat Olliffe. The series even ended with the implication that Sabretooth could eventually be redeemed. In many ways, Sabreclaw sounds like the first draft of Daken’s eventual place in the Marvel universe. In the same way that Wild Thing is an interesting forerunner of Laura, Sabreclaw is an obscure but interesting starting point for the kind of character Daken would eventually become.

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