You all get the reference from the headline, right? I’m not a gearhead, not even remotely, but even I know what nitrous is, and how it is used in car racing. You install a nitrous oxide kit to your car, and when you hit the gas—the nitrous oxide, not the gasoline—it’s like when Michael Knight would press the “turbo boost” button on KITT on the KNIGHT RIDER TV show. Car goes VROOM! Well, that’s what the blood of the mutant superhero Wolverine does for vampires. In the current WOLVERINE series from Marvel Comics, our favorite mutie is on ice—literally—and on tap. Dracula and his minions are feeding on Wolverine’s blood, which is revealed to be “Type E”, and the hero’s mutagenic healing factor allows Dracula and the other vampires to move around in the sunlight. It makes sense. They would instantly heal from any damage caused by the sun. Since Wolverine is indestructible, his blood would also be indestructible, and any vampires drinking it would likewise be indestructible. Moreover, Wolverine won’t die, no matter how dry he is drained by the vampires. He will regenerate and make more of his special blood for their consumption. It’s a neat idea. Sure, he’s gonna eventually get loose and shred some vampires with his Adamantium claws—are vampires susceptible to Adamantium the way they sometimes are to silver?—that’s a given. But will the comicbook version of Dracula figure out some way to maintain his Wolverine-bequeathed invulnerability?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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