Alrighty! This marks the second entry in my education course, so after reading a whoooole lot of stuff about various villains, I narrowed it down to these two. Since Havok has recently gotten a bunch of attention for his…role…in X-Men: First Class, I chose the other least loved Summers brother, Gabriel and the vampiric Bloodscream. As always, read to your heart’s content and let me know your thoughts and if YOU, readers, would like to see one of your favorite villains :)
(At this time, I’m doing Marvel villains)
First seen in Wolverine vol.2 #4, Bloodscream is a surgeon who is transformed into a vampire like being in the late 1500’s. “Saved” by a Native American shaman/necromancer named Dagoo, Bloodscream doesn’t age and has been seen fighting in every war he can. Repulsed by his state, Dagoo tells him he can brew a potion with the blood of a man who doesn’t age (not himself) and be cured. World War II begins and Bloodscream meets a Canadian soldier named Logan. After an initial encounter leaves Bloodscream near death, he runs into Logan years later as Wolverine and realized he has also not aged. Bloodscream has tried on several occasions to drain Wolverine for his precious elixer and so far, he has failed. He has currently been “killed” by Ant-Man at the Hydra headquarters, who admits it is only a matter of time before he pulls himself together and heals.
Bloodscream’s powers include all of those of a vampire, including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes and a regenerating healing factor. He does require blood/energy to live, which he drains from his victims, leaving a hand print behind on those who survive. He seems impervious to all the weaknesses of a vampire and that allows him to wander freely.
He doesn’t appear in a full story arc, but check out Wolverine issues #78, 84 and 123 for a bit of his best fights with Wolverine!
Best Bloodscream quote, in my opinion: “I shall feast on you first, child. The appetizer before the main course. Wolverine can watch.”
Gabriel Summers is the youngest Summers brother with an odd origin story (frankly, I don’t know anyone with a normal origin story!). Incubated via Shi’ar technology, sent to Earth to be a servant, and then rescued by Moira McTaggert, Gabriel joined a new team of X-Men to save the original X-Men from Krakoa right before M-Day (M-Day is when Scarlet Witch stripped nearly all mutants of their powers). After fusing with Darwin and being left for dead, Vulcan decides to enact revenge on the Shi’ar empire. Once there he enters a treaty with his mother’s murderer, D’Ken and marries Deathbird, only to stab D’Ken in the back and become Emperor of Shi’ar. Vulcan dies after many adventures, during an attack on the Kree in a giant explosion that tears a hole in space and time. Not too shabby for a villain!
Vulcan’s powers include energy absorption, manipulation, flight, forcefield projection and manipulation, varied energy blasts, limited super power replication and repression, energy siphon and disruption and can generate heat.
Check out an excellent story featuring Vulcan in X-Men: Deadly Genesis
Best Vulcan quote: “Okay, I have a couple of questions: First, who are YOU supposed to be and second….or you’ll do WHAT?”
Gotta love those little brothers and vampire wannabes!