Morbius the vampire has returned and with another comic of his very own – Morbius: The Living Vampire. I have been eyeing this comic since Marvel announced it way back when, and at long last, it’s here and I have it. The long-awaited Issue #1. Check out my review below!
“Morbius….the hunted, haunted fugitive. Morbius…the dead souled scientist. Morbius…the Living Vampire. Somewhere inside Doctor Michael Morbius is a good man who just needs a second chance. After escaping from The Raft in Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, Morbius is scraping desperately through each day trying to carve out a life in a world that has turned its back on him. However his redemption…may be worse than his sin. NOW Morbius returns in this long-awaited ongoing series, where the line between hero and villain becomes brutally and bloodily blurred.”
Written by Joseph Keatinge
Art by Richard Elson
Cover Art by Gabriele Dell’Otto, Skottie Young, Ed McGuinness and Marte Gracia
Artwork: 5 out of 5
I loved both the cover and the inside artwork. Per usual, the styles were completely different, but I enjoyed both. Richard Elson did a superb job capturing the emotions and darkness of Morbius and his world without being too literal. Bold pops of color kept the comic visually appealing, and the movement and characters were perfect, it never felt stiff or boring.
Story: 5 out of 5
For those new to Morbius: he was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who studied blood diseases. Upon discovering he was dying of a blood disorder, he attempted to cure himself (with the help of Emil Nikos), but instead he was accidentally turned into a vampire similar to those from lore. Morbius desperately wants to be good, and seeks redemption for the horrible acts he has committed. He attempts to fight his wicked side, although that is often easier said than done. In Morbius: The Living Vampire, we meet up with the legend and learn a bit about his past. This first issue was essentially an introduction to Morbius. While just a little intro of what’s to come, I loved this first issue. It was unexpectedly cocky and sarcastic at times. I was expecting nothing but doom and gloom, so it was an entertaining surprise. I can’t wait for Issue #2 (which comes out February 20, 2013).
Overall, I am in love with what I have seen so far. I can’t wait for more of Morbius.
Anyone planning on giving Morbius: The Living Vampire a read?