Covering Issues #1-6
I really enjoy the fact that the new series takes a good, hard look at Michael Morbius’ feelings and circumstances as being cast the villain in a society to which he doesn’t even feel he belongs. A victim more so than a black hat, the “vampire” tries to keep a low profile after escaping from the Raft only to land in a town that is nothing but trouble for him. Never one to be the hero, Michael ends up being swept into the local “politics” of the township, finding himself fighting for something and someone that ages ago he would never have given a second thought to.
Having very limited interaction with Morbius’ background, I really have enjoyed the way he appears in this series. I especially like how every time someone refers to him as a vampire, he corrects them on the misusage, a theme that not only pokes fun at the origins of the character in the 1970s, but also to the series’ title. The writing is very well done, creating a storyline that at first I wasn’t sure what was going on, but drew me in as time went on, showing that the settings and characteristics were being built slowly so as to get everyone’s attention focused.
For the future, I would like to see if there’s a way to “redeem” Morbius, so he could be more of a hero than just “that guy who beats up bad guys.” Despite the events of the latest issue indicating he’s somewhat willing to be the better man, I still highly doubt that he’s going to end up being a champion of virtue and goodness; however, if someone like Wade Wilson can be the occasional hero, then I am sure that Michael could be persuaded to do some good, so long as no one tries to team him up with Blade.