caption=Bloodscream from "Wolverine" (vol. 2) #4. Art by John Buscema.
debut="Wolverine" Vol. 2 #4 (February, 1989)
Chris Claremont John Buscema
powers=Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes
Ability to drain blood from victims by touching their skin with hand,
Bloodscream's first appearance was in "Wolverine" vol. 2 #4 (February, 1989), and he was created by
Chris Claremontand John Buscema.
Bloodscream received an entry in the "Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89" #1, and in "The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine" (2004).
Fictional character biography
Bloodscream is a being with various traits and abilities that are similar to those of vampires, though he himself isn't an actual vampire. Bloodscream, who's real name is Zachariah Ravenscraft, is born in England sometime during the 16th century. In his youth, he serves as apprentice to an unknown doctor before adulthood, in the manner typical of the
Tudor period. He later serves in Sir Francis Drake's pirate fleet as a naval surgeon between 1577 and 1580.
In 1580, Ravenscraft is mortally wounded during an attack on a Spanish gallen and Drake personally directs him to be treated by a Native American shaman named Dagoo. The shamam, however, is actually a necromancer and is only able to save Ravenscraft's life by transforming him into a vampire-like being. Enraged by his new condition, Ravenscraft forces Dagoo to reveal the ingredients of the potion that had saved him and how to reverse the effects. Before he kills Dagoo, the necromancer reveals that the effects will only be reversed of the potion contains the blood of a man who doesn't age. Most of his activities over the centuries aren't known, with the exception that he continuously fights in any war he can.
During the 20th century, he serves as a
soldierin the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germanyfrom 1935 to 1945. He sees action during World War IIand first encountered the man then known only as Logan, who would later become Wolverine, during the Battle of Normandy( June 6- August 25, 1944), when Wolverine is a corporalof the Canadian Forces. The two engage in a brief battle with Ravenscraft being stabbed and left for dead.
He runs into Wolverine decades later in
Madripoorand notices that Wolverine hasn't aged since his encounter with him decades earlier. This leaves Ravenscraft to believe that Wolverine's blood will work in the formula to transform him back into a human.
He properly introduces himself to Wolverine while working in
Madripooras a criminal enforcer with his partner, Roughouse. During this time, he often comes into conflict with Wolverine, who was at the time in his alter-ego as "Patch", though he's never able to defeat him. He nearly kills one of Wolverine's close friends, Archie Corrigan, managing to scar his chest with a handprint before being interrupted.
After he parts company with Roughouse, Bloodscream enters a partnership with
Cylla Markhamof the Reavers, who at that point is tracking Wolverine for reasons of her own. He joins her in tracking Wolverine all throughout the high Canadian wilderness and they finally locate him, though both he and Cylla are near death from hunter and fatigue. Knowing he has no chance against Wolverine unless he's at his peak, Bloodscream turns on Cylla and drains her of blood. Bloodscream then confronts Wolverine, who is armed with the honor sword of Clan Yashida. The sword is a katanaforged by demon blacksmiths from a fallen meteorite. As the sword wasn't forged by mortal man, Bloodscream is vulnerable to it and is struck down by Wolverine, who again leaves him for dead.
However, Bloodscream later reappears, apparently having turned over a new leaf; he works with Albert and
Elsie-Deefor a while. This reform was short-lived, though, and Bloodscream reverts to villainy and begins working as a mercenary again with Roughouse. He encounters Wolverine a few more times and has recently been involved in a confrontation with Iron Manin which he was beaten.
Powers and abilities
Bloodscream possesses a variety of superhuman abilities that are reminiscent of those possessed by supernatural vampires, even though he himself is not a true vampire. He possesses none of the supernatural or mystical vulnerabilities common to true vampires. He suffers no harm from sunlight, silver, or any other traditional weakness from folklore.
Like true vampires, however, Bloodscream possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, and reaction time. The full limits of Bloodscream's physical capabilities are unknown but are well beyond those of most known true vampires.
Bloodscream must regularly feed from the blood or the lifeforce of other human beings in order to maintain his physical vitality. There are times in which he merely ingests blood and there are others when he drains an individual of his or her life energy. He is able to accomplish either by touching a victim's bare skin. If a victim survives, the victim is left with a red scar in the shape of Bloodscream's hand at the exact point where he touches a victim. It also can result, if Bloodscream chooses to absorb a victim's entire lifeforce, in the victim's body quickly withering into rapidly aged husk. Bloodscream is able to transform a dead victim into a mindless, zombie-like being that is forced to do his bidding, though he rarely does so.
Bloodscream is functionally immortal in the sense that he is immune to the effects of aging and to all known diseases. He has also shown the ability to rapidly heal from physical injury and to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissues, similar to Wolverine's mutant healing factor. Bloodscream has, in the past, reattached his own head after being decapitated by Wolverine. According to the necromancer who transfromed him into his current form, Bloodscream cannot be slain by any weapon created by a mortal being, though it is unknown this is true or not. It is known that he can at least be injured by weapons created by mortal hands.
Bloodscream also possesses limited shape-shifting powers, able to transform from his 'normal' pale-skinned vampire likeness into a more monsterous form. His jaw expands to several feet deep, and his teeth grow to almost a foot long. Bloodscream's arms, hands, and fingers also elongate, with his fingernails growing out to a similar length as his teeth. In this state, Bloodscream is little more than an animal and his craving for blood reaches frenzied levels.
Bloodscream is a good hand to hand combatant and has many connections throughout the criminal underworld, adding to his reputation as a mercenary for hire. His extended life-span has granted him great experience in matters of naval warfare and piracy.
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