Morbius is easily the most unique series in Marvel Now so far. It doesn’t read like a normal Marvel book. It’s certainly not a superhero book. It’s about a man who has vampire-like symptoms that he accidentally inflicted on himself. It’s about an outlaw who is trying to keep a low profile, but simply cannot ignore the injustice around him. Morbius: The Living Vampire is dark, it’s character focused and this issue is fairly good.
We’re only two issues in and Michael Morbius’s environment has already been set up completely. He already has a decent set of supporting characters. It explores the doctor’s internal struggle against his bloodlust, and how he’s always trying to hold it in. There isn’t much to say about the story as this issue is much more about establishing the character and his surroundings, but this comic does an excellent job at that.
The art is good too; it showcases how savage Morbius can be when he unleashes himself. The environmental detail adds to the dark atmosphere surrounding the series. There’s also a female character that, while attractive, also looks realistic and doesn’t have form-fitting clothing. That doesn’t happen enough in comics, so props to artist Richard Elson for that.
The first issue showed potential, but it wasn’t all that special. This issue is much better overall, and it shows how unique this series can be (by Marvel’s standards at least). While I don’t think I’ll stick with this series for long (I’ll give it at least one more issue), it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. I hope that Morbius: The Living Vampire finds its audience. I recommend at least checking this series out.