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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – Nightcrawler Believes!

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader David P., we’re spotlighting a time when Nightcrawler weaponized his faith, so to speak, in Uncanny X-Men #159 by Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz and Bob Wiacek!

To set up the scene, Dracula has turned Storm into a vampire and the X-Men are trying to fight Dracula and rescue her…

Then we get the key scene. After Wolverine’s attempts at a cross fails (which is a cool scene seeing him try to make a cross with his claws), Nightcrawler’s attempt works…

That is a pretty badass moment.


Was this one of the earliest stories to specify that it was faith which affects vampires? Seems like the ’80s was when writers started making the cross ineffective if the wielder didn’t believe.

Uh Oh, Claremont-ism alert! It’s not “That…hurt!” but close enough. “You…have hurt me..” And also an oldie but goodie “By the White Wolf!”(when was the last time Peter said that, I kinda miss that)
All jokes aside, I really liked this issue and its sequel in UXM Annual 6.

“This is neither the time nor the place for jokes!”

This issue was controversial because Dracula lets Storm go at the end because she’s so awesome but was implied to have raped women in the past. Unfortunate Implications. So in Annual 6, Claremont has Dracula say that OF COURSE he wasn’t planning on letting Storm go and Storm wonders what was wrong with her to find a rapist noble and attractive.

It’s also very controversial because Colossus clearly grabs Wolverine’s ass

KAM, it certainly could be one of the earliest, but I know Salem’s Lot at least beats it by about 3 years.

this one was all about Storm’s indomitable will, right? that was like an extra mutant power for her. Dracula, Doctor Doom, Loki, Amahl Farouk, the Brood and their magic space whales, they were all on the receiving end of Storm’s indomitable will.

One of my all time favorite issues. While it does have cool Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Storm moments it is really a Kitty issue.

Earlier in the story Kitty had tried the cross thing too, but it didn’t work then either, because she’s Jewish.

At some point isn’t Kitty able to “weaponize” the Star of David? Or am I thinking of something else entirely?

Earlier in the story Kitty had tried the cross thing too, but it didn’t work then either, because she’s Jewish.

Right, but then her Star of David burned him because she DID believe in that.

I’d love to see a story with an atheist defeating Dracula with an image of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Or perhaps a member of The Church of the SubGenius would be able to drive off Dracula with the iconic image of “Bob” Dobbs.

Would a nihilist be able to defeat Dracula bare-handed?

one of the earliest issues that established night crawler faith really is strong. plus also that dracula learned sooner or later how strong storms will is plut also that kitty risked death to help storm.

Loved Sienkiewicz and Wiacek work on this one. It’s probably the “weirdest” lookin’ art yet on Claremont’s run, and he takes advantage of it with a dark, moody story.

Also, the X-Men fight Dracula! I love comic books

Would Tom Cruise be able to defeat Dracula through his belief in Scientology? That fight I would love to see.

Niconico00 wrote:

“It’s also very controversial because Colossus clearly grabs Wolverine’s ass”

Where’s his thumb? Where’s his THUMB FOR CHRISSAKES!!

@Smithy: Ultimate Colossus is so jealous of 616 Colossus right now.

I would like to see an atheist exorcist sometime, actually. It is a natural.

Maybe DC’s Doctor Thirteen?

I have mixed feelings about bringing in Dracula to battle the X-Men since Tomb Of Dracula #70 ended on a Breaking Bad kind of high. Quincy Harker’s sacrifice was now redundant, and then there’s what happens to Rachel Van Helsing in Annual # 6.

On the other hand, it was interesting to see how Logan’s claws worked against vampires. And the ending to the Annual was both tragic yet bittersweet for fans of TOD.

I still believe that Dracula and his ilk should have stayed dead after Roger Stern’s definitive story arc in Doctor Strange, which occurred not long after these issues were published.

Except that Dracula had already fought the Defenders in Defenders 95, confirming that his return in the Tomb of Dracula black-and-white magazine was canon.

Roman Polanski’s Fearless Vampires Killers (from 1968) has a scene where a cross doesn’t work on a particular vampire because he’s Jewish, so these kind of ideas had been around for while.

There was an issue of Marvel Comics Presents that had a story set in the past where Thor had a skirmish with Dracula’s predecessor, Varnae. In it, the people that Varnae turned into vampires burst into flames when they touched Thor, since they had been Viking Thor worshippers in life. I always thought that was an interesting idea.

It has been a number of years since I have seen it, but the question of objects of faith repelling vampires was addressed in an interesting manner in the Doctor Who story “The Curse of Fenric.” In that serial, various objects of personal significance to individual characters were used by them to repel the vampire-like Haemovores. As the Doctor explained it, these objects, such as a cross, served to magnify the psychic energies of the person wielding it, creating a barrier against the Haemovores. It didn’t have to be a religious object, as a Russian soldier’s faith in the Communist Revolution was focused through a military decoration that he held, and this successful kept the undead at bay. Of course, if at any point your faith wavered, the psychic barrier would fall, and you’d end up getting killed, which is what happened to one unlucky priest. I thought it was an interesting pseudo-scientific explanation for why the undead can be driven off by objects like crosses.

There was an issue of Marvel Comics Presents that had a story set in the past where Thor had a skirmish with Dracula’s predecessor, Varnae. In it, the people that Varnae turned into vampires burst into flames when they touched Thor, since they had been Viking Thor worshippers in life. I always thought that was an interesting idea.

Even before that, when Thor and Sif fought Dracula in Thor v.1 #332-3, Mjolnir, an artifact sacred to the god wielding it, instantly destroyed vampires short of Dracula — and he was magically enhanced by Darkhold cultists at the time.

Bailiff: “Do you swear to tell the Truth….(blah blah blah)?”

God (George Burns): “So help me, Me.”

It’s not as bad-ass as Nightcrawler impaling Drac in X-Men Annual #6! (Which should’ve been the end of that issue, and of Dracula!) I read that issue long before this one, and he’s still my favorite character.

I miss Bill Sienkiewicz on anything X-related. (as we know, his NEW MUTANTS run is brilliant and legendary)

Since Halloween is coming up, this and Uncanny Annual #6 makes for a great horror-themed read. I wish that there had been more Horror X-Comics. There’s this, every time The Brood has appeared, INFERNO, anything with Limbo and Belasco and Magik …and that’s about it.

I like that Wolverine is an atheist here.

@X-Man 2281

The original X-Men fought Frankenstein’s monster toward the end of their run. (More goofy than horrific, but it was the X-Men vs. a classic monster). If you include the Brood as horror, anything with the Dire Wraiths should count too.

aren’t the N’garai horror too?

Travis Stephens

October 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

It’s not necessarily a particular faith or faith at all that is repellent to a VaThe sthat created Vampires originally is weakened when a human is not afraid. Vampires derivfear (even subconsciously). As one of the central tenets of every religion is to not be afraid, invoking faith keeps the Vampire from drawing strength or energy from it’s victims. Technically, the writer correct when Dracula said the character mustst believe. But belief in anything would work.. Invisible Flying Spaghetti Monsters included

This story seems like a catch all for a lot of the more recent posts….you have Nightcrawler and Colossus pre-heroic death, a fastball special, and Claremont saying “By the White Wolf!”

Belief in the Invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster would not work, because nobody believes in it. It was something made up to mock religious people, nothing more.

There wasn’t much that was even halfway readable in the 2010 “Curse of the Mutants” X-Men vs. Vampires storyline, but it did contain one wonderful moment of comic-book logic: Having a priest bless Iceman so that he and his constructs would be made out of holy water.

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