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    The first issue of Vita Alaya and Marcelo Ferreira's Morbius is out.

    Anyone pick it up?

    There's a fight with a C-list Iron Man foe, and a narrative for Morbius that's very much like spoilers:
    the beginning of Spider-Man's arc in the story where Morbius debuted (Amazing Spider-Man #100-102.)
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    It's okay but a really fast read.

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    It was fine. The series can get better or worst in future. I'm curious.

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    I also thought that the pacing was a little too fast. And the art was a little off to me, but I blame that more on the coloring.

    But Vita has a great handle on Morbius. She writes him as a very thoughtful and intelligent guy...who is also a cannibalistic predator who is scary AF. I also appreciate that she shows him not killing Melter and his gang, not that that lessens just how horrifying he would actually be.

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    Have to second, third and fourth the opinion that it was a fast read. I don't know if it was due to the writing or the fact I enjoyed it.

    Morbius works best when writers contrast his intelligence and compassion with the hideous acts he commits in order to sate his hunger for blood. It is why he is so tragic. While the comic is horrific, Michael's insights and the fact he let everybody live helps convey both sides of the coin. Vita does this in spades. I also like her voice for Morbius. The art is a bit messy in points, but, like others have said, that is due to the colour palette used. Otherwise, i am going to stick this out since it is a mini-series. Plus Morbius is a character I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosebunse View Post
    I also thought that the pacing was a little too fast. And the art was a little off to me, but I blame that more on the coloring.

    But Vita has a great handle on Morbius. She writes him as a very thoughtful and intelligent guy...who is also a cannibalistic predator who is scary AF. I also appreciate that she shows him not killing Melter and his gang, not that that lessens just how horrifying he would actually be.
    I feel similarly. The philosophical narration was great, especially in contrast with the violence happening simultaneously. It's probably the best characterization of Morbius in awhile, though still not as good as in his 90s series.

    Still, I'm curious what's coming.

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    I have an extremely important question.

    Which Melter?
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    Newsarama gives the first issue an 8 out of 10.

    https://www.newsarama.com/47861-best...1-x-men-2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Dogg View Post
    I have an extremely important question.

    Which Melter?
    He's wearing the old-school Melter costume, so I assume it's the Melter we saw working as one of Hobgoblin's franchisees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pav View Post
    I feel similarly. The philosophical narration was great, especially in contrast with the violence happening simultaneously. It's probably the best characterization of Morbius in awhile, though still not as good as in his 90s series.

    Still, I'm curious what's coming.

    -Pav, who thinks the art could be darker...
    I don't know if I would say "darker" but more matte or something? I don't know, the colors just don't work with the strong inking. I feel like they're too strong.

    The fact that Morbius doesn't kill the henchmen is actually a pretty interesting take from Vita, especially given how downright Morbius is actually portrayed. I mean, that beginning was horrifying, especially since we know that Morbius can and will eat people. Seeing him do all of that but not actually go in for the kill helps the philosophical inner-monologue from Michael actually hold some weight.

    This is a Morbius who is actually trying to be good, who is actually trying to change more than just his vampirism.

    Also, who is that woman? Is she Rachel van Helsing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosebunse View Post
    One thing I also liked was that even when Morbius's serum did seem to be working, it didn't actually make him less ugly. He still didn't have a nose, he still had pointed ears, and his nails were black. And now he's going to turn into a hideous bat thing.
    I liked that too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Warren View Post
    This issue was ok. Just ok. Not especially motivated to continue with it but we'll see.
    Same here. It also read really quickly.

    Part of the problem may be that there's no one for Morbius to interact with, who would care about what's going on with him.

    Granted, he killed his best friend way back in ASM 102, so that is baked in to the character.

    I suspect a big part of Marvel's motives is to have an accessible trade out when the movie hits theaters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob London View Post
    He's wearing the old-school Melter costume, so I assume it's the Melter we saw working as one of Hobgoblin's franchisees.
    Oh yeah.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosebunse View Post
    I don't know if I would say "darker" but more matte or something? I don't know, the colors just don't work with the strong inking. I feel like they're too strong.

    The fact that Morbius doesn't kill the henchmen is actually a pretty interesting take from Vita, especially given how downright Morbius is actually portrayed. I mean, that beginning was horrifying, especially since we know that Morbius can and will eat people. Seeing him do all of that but not actually go in for the kill helps the philosophical inner-monologue from Michael actually hold some weight.

    This is a Morbius who is actually trying to be good, who is actually trying to change more than just his vampirism.

    Also, who is that woman? Is she Rachel van Helsing?
    I do like that he held back. It's a different dynamic for the character.

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