Morbius the Living Vampire #1
Written by Vita Ayala
Art by Marcelo Ferriera
Inks by Roberto Poggi
Colors by Dono Sanchez-Almara
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Morbius’ search for a cure will have some unintended side effects.
Morbuis goes after a group of men working on illegal genetic experiments in Brooklyn. After tracking them and making them pay for the people they are hurting, the living vampire finds what he has come there to retrieve.
At his hideout, Morbius thinks back to the experiment that made him what he is and continues to work on a cure. When the result of his latest look promising, Morbius injects himself only to find that there are side effects that he could not have predicted.
In the aftermath of the attack, a mysterious stranger appears to the villains and offers to help them stop Morbius before he returns.
The Story: A straightforward tale that gets right to the heart of who and what Morbius is as a character. Vita Ayala does some impressive work with the dialogue and the story, but there isn’t much there that’s new or innovative. The classic tropes of Morbius are served, but I was expecting more from this first issue. It’s a serviceable story that doesn’t really break any new ground or hook me enough to want to read further.
The Art: Ferriera’s art is fantastic though. The characters look great. Morbius looks impressively menacing and the panels are framed and executed brilliantly.