High On Marvel
The Ravers Guide to The Marvel Universe
Drugs! Party Drugs! There are heaps of real, and fictional drugs in the Marvel Universe, more than enough to get off ya chops! Here's a delectable sample of fictional drugs for your next party!
Negative: 'neuro-toxic'. Using, according to Charles Xavier, 'may irreparably damage the mutant gene.'
Just the Facts: Lasts for five hours. One puff enhances your mutant talent up to five times.
Not So Sure: Abuse of Kick may have lead to the start of a secondary mutation in Quentin Quire.
Now, it begs the question for us non-muties. If, say, I decide to drop some MGH or Xperience, in order to temporarily gain mutant powers, then immediately inhale Kick, do my artificial powers increase by up to a factor of five? And throw a tab of Toad Juice on top of that to make the whole thing scintillating!
There are a few versions of MGH getting around, including a Gamma-irradiated version, and a fake Mr Hyde formula being passed off as MGH, but essentially they are developed from DNA scrapes of mutants and non-mutant superfolk, they give a euphoric rush, and a 'temporary genetic shift' in baseline humans, meaning they get someone's superpowers, for an hour. It also tends to come with increased aggression. For mutants taking MGH, it increases their existing power. Sounds good, right? It's sometimes used as a power enhancer among low or non-powered superheroes to get that edge. It's occasionally referred to as a 'bullet' and has been used as a cocktail with Morphine on Spider-man.
But why should Henry have all the fun?
A similar drug was given away, described as a Power Formula at a party hosted by Dr Maximus Power who extracted genetic material from Speedball during a robbery and used it as a base for one dose of his power formula. Iron man crashed that party.
Young Avenger Patriot was a regular user of MGH, lying about having super-powers. He had a secret stash of pills hidden in his belt buckle. He quit the Young Avengers after being found out by fellow Young Avenger Wiccan.
Nitro used MGH to increase his power to explode in Stamford Connecticut, triggering the Civil War.
Norman Osbourne used a gas form of MGH to contaminate a construction site and a nearby school in order to recruit Michael Pointer (Weapon Omega) to the Dark X-Men, implying, in a conversation with the Dark Beast, that they had the resources to manufacture MGH again, with Pointer's (presumably genetic) co-operation.
During Fear Itself, some drug dealers took some MGH and tried to instigate a riot between a white neighbourhood and a native American group, stopped by Jason Strongbow (American Eagle).
Magneto has supplied a sample of his DNA to a chemist in order to produce (presumably for personal use) MGH.
In Earth 58163 House of M reality, produce is treated with MGH and encouraged over 'organic' vegetables' for increased chances of mutant birth.
Mattie Franklin (Spider-Woman 3) was used as a source of MGH by her boyfriend. What a creep!
Method of Ingestion: Liquid Form, Pill, Injection, has been inhaled in gaseous form
Important Figures: Dr. Henry McCoy (The Beast) Inventor Brand Corporation Dr. Maximus Power, Telford Porter (The Vanisher) Leland Owlsley (The Owl) Walter Declun (CEO Damage Control) Robert L Hunter (Nitro) Mystique (dealer) Charlie Hustle (dealer) Nekra Sinclair (sells or is farmed for her naturally producing 'neo-adrenaline' to dealers as a base for MGH) Calvin Zabo (Mister Hyde) sold his Hyde Formula as MGH, Lorina Dodson (White Rabbit) "Unauthorised Pharmaceutical distributor to the Stars" The Pusher Man (dealer)
Value: Unknown. Presumably affordable, as it is often used in parties. Post M Day, an offer of $50,000 was offered per pint of blood from The Beast and Bishop. Gamma-irradiated MGH's cost was described as exorbitant.
Verdict: Hell yeah! Powers for an hour, euphoria, probably the best thing doing the rounds in the Marvel Universe! Just time your fun...
Which is confusing, as previous to this recent issue, Banshee (see below) was believed to be the Ultimate Marvel Universe version of MGH.
So, is MGH now referred to as Banshee, or is it a designer development unique to the Ultimate Universe?
Appearance: Ultimate X-Men #94 - 97.
The distribution of Rapture is controlled by the Alchemax Corporation. An attempt by Miguel O-Hara to de-bond his DNA from the addictive effects of a simulated Rapture dose by re-booting his DNA from a stored sample resulted in the stored sample being contaminated with Spider DNA and infused him with Spider-Man-like powers, creating Spider-Man 2099. Who says drugs are bad?
Perfectly legal (in Earth 928 in the year 2099, that is...)
Method of Ingestion: Liquid form. Being under the effect of Rapture is colloquially known as 'being enraptured'. (2099 is just so hip).
Value: Unknown, but within the reach of salaried employees of Alchemax.
Verdict: With no record of people experiencing the positive effects of Rapture, and the addictive nature and lethal withdrawal, it seems like a no-go area, unless you have a constant supply of money and Rapture. In which case, go for it.
Suggested Listening: There's no end to 'mind-expanding, hallucinogenic' music out there. Really. I've no idea what DJs are playing in clubs in the year 2099. In Earth 928. Or even if they have clubs. So the next best thing, obviously, is the soundtrack to Portal 2, itself a conscious-expanding game with an awesome soundtrack.
Appearance: Spider-Man 2099 #1, 2, 4, 9, 23, 25. 26. 30.
There is surprisingly little info on 'Rave', that I could find at any rate. Archangel seems suspiciously on top of quite a few busts however...
Quoted in the Comic Book Drug Reference Site as a stimulant that boosts a mutant's power.
It could be another street name for MGH, or something different. More info needed. Any Rave addicts out there wish to share some info?
Value: Unknown. Targeted for Hollywood dicks, so probably over-inflated. Or free.
Bonus Mystery Drug!Appearing in the pages of The Incredible Hulk Nightmerica limited series is a rather curious drug. It has no name, two recorded users (a child, and Dr. Banner) and a weird source. Bruce Banner is caught up in a chase for survivors of the Wright-Armstrong super-soldiers experiments that had given Steve Rogers his peak ability as Captain America.
Attempts to replicate the unique serum/drug had some interesting effects. One of which was on a subject called Stuart "Stu" Wendell a.k.a. Manifest Destiny. Stu has a condition that causes him to grow excess flesh, giving him a saggy, melted look.
Positive: Like "being in the Disney Store". Fantasy-inducing.
Negative: Addictive. How much so is unclear, but enough that one user described the feeling as 'normal' and coming down from it presumably as not normal.
Important Figures: Stuart "Stu" Wendell (source)
Value: Unknown. Presumably affordable to average families.
Verdict: Not enough information. By itself, not a real party drug, more like a pacifier, But mixed with something else, who knows?
Suggested Listening: Disney Store? Kooky kids? I have just the thing...