REVIEW CORNER: What If Wolverine Was Lord Of The Vampires?
What If…?” (Vol. 2) #24
What If Wolverine Was Lord Of The Vampires?
Writers: Roy Thomas & R.J.M. Lofficier
Artist: Tom Morgan
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Colorist: Tom Vincent
Cover Date: April 1991
In this week’s installment, I’ll be taking a look at “What If…?” # 24 from the second volume that answers the question of what would happen if Wolverine was Lord of the Vampires!
I know I said that I would review a “What If…?” issue from the first volume but a few days ago, I got a request to review this issue and I’m very happy to oblige; In the reality that we know The X-Men squared of against Dracula (Back in Uncanny X-Men # 158) and it was during that battle is when Dracula couldn’t drain enough of Storm’s blood to keep her under his control. But in this new reality, he succeeds in doing so and in the process, gaining control of Nightcrawler and Colossus; At the same time, it turns out that Wolverine’s will is the strongest and after a brief tussle with Dracula, he kills him and declares himself the new Lord of the Vampires!
The story goes into fast-paced mode as Logan and company begin taking out various mutants such as Magneto, The New Mutants, and the Hellfire Clue, not to mention any hero or enemy in The Marvel Universe that is perceived as an immediate threat, until Logan finds out that Doctor Strange is the only one capable of stopping him and has The Juggernaut destroy him, The Cloak of Levitation then finds its way to The Punisher and with the guidance of Doctor Strange (In his astral form), finds a way to stop Wolverine and the Vampires.
The battle between The Punisher and Logan comes off as intense and violent, but it is one of the silver linings in this issue that will indeed draw in the readers. The ending itself (**NO SPOILERS**) is truly sad and dark abut even though it felt like another Vampire story, seeing Wolverine take the place of Dracula made for an interesting issue of “What If…?”; Tom Morgan’s artwork is very slick yet I feel like he was channeling Whilce Portacio for this issue, which isn’t exactly a bad thing but this issue did come out in the early 90s so this style came across as acceptable for its time. “What If Wolverine was Lord of the Vampires?” may look like a comic that threw in a bunch of cliches that’s been seen in countless Vampire movies, but it is entertaining and will no doubt be a hit amongst the numerous Wolverine fans.
Next week I’ll review a “What If…?” issue from the first volume, so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.