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First Second Books’ Vampire Month is over, but we are still going!
We’re reaching the end, and here is one of the odder ones on the list!
What If…? #24, written by Roy Thomas and the Lofficiers (Jean-Marc and Randy), featured a story about what happened if Storm was fully transformed into a vampire and then transformed Wolverine into a vampire!
In the story, Wolverine became the Lord of the Vampires, killing Dracula in combat. He then turned the entire X-Men franchise into vampires, and conquered Manhattan (he used the precog, Destiny, to help him figure out what he needed to do to win, and her main advice was to kill Doctor Strange, which he did).
Manhattan then became an isolated island of mutant vampires. However, Doctor Strange’s spirit took over Frank Castle’s body, and he led Castle on an assault of Wolverine, decked out with garlic grenades, silver bullets, etc.
You have to admit, it’s a pretty darn cool visual by Tom Morgan, no?
Castle kills vampire Kitty, and her death is enough of a shock to Wolverine for Doctor Strange to convince Wolverine to kill all the vampires.
The story was popular enough that it was one of the very rare What If…?s to get a SEQUEL!!
This one was also written by Thomas and the Lofficiers, and this time Castle was killed before he could kill Wolverine, and Wolverine and his X-Vampires get caught up in the Inferno storyline, being reluctant good guys against the demons of Inferno.
With the popularity of Marvel Zombies, I am surprised this universe has not been revisited!
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