The New Marvel: 'Morbius: The Living Vampire'

Morbius the Living Vampire 1 Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


Suffering from a rare blood disease, the Greek scientist spent his life researching ways to keep himself alive without detrimental effects. Believing that he found the answer in vampire bats, the egotistical biochemist began to exhibit characteristics that made him seem to be a creature of the night. A “villain” more out of necessity than any nefarious plot, Michael spent the rest of his life fighting against his darker nature, attempting to cure himself of a new disease, and coming to terms with the fact that many see him as nothing more than Morbius, the Living Vampire.

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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.

 

 

 

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