Nobel Prize winning biochemist Doctor Michael Morbius is one of Marvel’s famed comic book characters whose tragic story began in when he tried to cure himself of a rare blood disease and instead found himself transformed into a monstrous and bloodthirsty living vampire. Ever since his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man in the 70s, Morbius, the living vampire, has been both an ally and enemy to many Marvel heroes, most notably Spider-Man. The last we saw of Morbius, he was trapped in prison after a violent and bloodthirsty rampage. But this January he will be free and in a comic book of his very own.
It was announced last week at Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man” panel at Fan Expo in Toronto that writer Joe Keatinge and artist Rich Elson are part of a brand new ongoing series – “Morbius: The Living Vampire.”
In an interview with CBR, Keatinge spoke about the new project, saying that Morbius will be part of a Marvel world fans have yet to see.
“He [Morbius] is not in jail anymore. I’m not going to say why that is, but I will say it puts him in a place where he has to reevaluate his place in the Marvel Universe. He’s tired of messing up with such horrific repercussions. He has a lot to atone for. He wants nothing more than redemption.
He descends into a part of the Marvel Universe we have never seen before; a weirder part. It seems like it’s a haven for people like him — freaks and outcasts too weird for even the X-Men — but it gets far more disturbing and dangerous than he could ever have predicted.”
When asked about the theme of this new comic, Keatinge replied “Finding solace in a world that is constantly fighting against you. Discovering your place and role when everything has bottomed out for you.” He added, “things have gotten really, really messed up for Michael Morbius and it just gets worse from there. He’s got a lot to suffer through, a lot of sins that catch up with him. It’s not pretty.”
I can’t wait to read Morbius: The Living Vampire in January! Who else is excited about this upcoming comic series?