Canine Physiology: Jackal shares many morphological similarities with wild canines such as jackals, coyotes, and wolves.
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Endurance
- Enhanced Durability
- Enhanced Speed
- Accelerated Healing Rate
- Natural Weapons: Jackal possesses sharp claws and teeth.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Jackal has an extremely fast reaction time, fast enough to dodge many of the attacks of other superhumans.
- Superhuman Senses: Jackal’s sense of smell and hearing are far more accurate and precise than a human’s.
Radiation Aura: In addition to his canine physiology, Jackal can project atomic radiation from his cells thanks to a Post-Genetic Drift event. This projection is extremely short range, in either single target ‘atomic touch’ version or in an omnidirectional burst. He can also sustain a continuous aura of radiation around his body.
Nicholas Jackman was born a dog-boy. Growing up in a poor family in City Heights, Jackman faced constant ridicule and prejudice. Jackman ended up misanthropic and antisocial, and between the prejudice he faced and his mistrust of other people, he was unable to hold a steady job as a young man.
Jackman ended up getting recruited by the mysterious science-terrorists of Cell Six to steal atomic materials from the San Onofre Nuclear Plant. During the theft, Jackman was exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. Rather than dying of radiation poisoning, he underwent a secondary mutation, gaining atomic powers. After his escape, he began to call himself The Nuclear Jackal.
The Nuclear Jackal was a part of an attack on Blanch Correctional funded by Smoke, intended to kill his cousins The Hyde Twins. Nuclear Jackal was captured during the attack, and imprisoned in Blanch.