Morbius: The Living Vampire #1
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Morbius: The Living Vampire #1

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Gabriele Dell'Otto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
6.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Morbius....the hunted, haunted fugitive. Morbius...the dead souled scientist. Morbius...the Living Vampire. Somewhere inside Doctor Michael Morbius is a good man who just needs a second chance. After escaping from The Raft in Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, Morbius is scraping desperately through each day trying to carve out a life in a world that has turned its back on him. However his redemption...may be worse than his sin. NOW Morbius returns in this long-awaited ongoing series, where the line between hero and villain becomes brutally and bloodily blurred.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 13, 2013

    Finally, a readable version of a vampire(-like) superhero comic book comes amongst us. This will be one to watch this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 3, 2013

    I was pleasantly surprised with this issue overall. Launching a solo title for Morbius is a risky maneuver. Most recently he has been a guest star or supporting cast member in various different books. He hasnt had his own title since 1995. This new book could mean big things for Morbius but that all depends on how the story is handled. I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd issue because I have the feeling that Morbius could be a sleeper hit. This is just going off my gut of course. Marvel Now! has had its share of both good and bad titles since it launched. Luckily most of them have come off far better than any of DCs New 52. If you are in the mood for something different I would definitely recommend picking up Morbius #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 3, 2013

    It's a solid start, and that's coming from a guy who has never really liked vampires all that much. When done properly, though, just about any character can become interesting. Morbius The Living Vampire #1 has done that for its star. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jan 3, 2013

    All of the very well-exectued aspects of “Morbius” #1 add up to a comic book that does everything right, but doesn't bowl the reader over. Ideally, your first issue would grab the reader, not let go, and drop an ending that leaves them absolutely clamoring for next month's issue. “Morbius” doesn't really do that, instead preferring to establish a strong lead character first and ask the reader to trust that they are headed to some place worth going. Keatinge and Elson attack a relatively thin premise with so much professionalism that they have earned that trust from the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jan 14, 2012

    Morbius #1 doesn't come running out of the gate, but it's a stylish debut that works to establish who the hell Morbius is and what he can do. As such, it's heavy on the expository first-person narration, but not overwhelmingly so. I'm optimistic about it. Rich Elson's art is solid and Keatinge -- who's made his name over the past year doing left-of-the-dial superhero comics -- should do well with this offbeat horror/superhero comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 2, 2013

    Morbius: The Living Vampire #1 at this point certainly has some room to grow but it does more than enough right in its first outing to warrant your attention. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 2, 2013

    Keatinge has created an original take on and voice for Morbius, and in "Morbius The Living Vampire" #1, characterization takes precedence over plot. Despite the slow build, it's still a promising beginning if Keatinge and Elson can deliver on suspense and horror themes in further issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 8, 2013

    All in all, the book does everything that a first issue should do: Introduces Morbius, defines his characters, shows us the backstory and puts him in a new circumstance where he can try to rebuild the life he lost to his bloodlust. Morbius The Living Vampire #1 looks good, reads well, and puts new life in one of Marvel's Bronze Age icons (the man made Peter Parker grow four extra arms, after all) earning an impressive 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Spider-fans should definitely check this one out, but I don't expect that anybody will be particularly disappointed in this number one... Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 2, 2013

    The art is nothing spectacular. Richard Elson does a serviceable job, but there's nothing that'll wow you in these pages. It looks and reads like every other standard superhero book on the stands. It's not bad, not by a long shot, but it's nothing to get excited about either. The color work by Antonio Fabela adds to the overall generic feeling of the book. When you have a comic starring a C-list character, you really need to come out of the gates strong and give the reader something unexpected. This first issue of Morbius doesn't do that, at least in the art department. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 6, 2013

    If Marvel wants to share in the bloodsucking dollars on offer in today's market, Morbius, The Living Vampire will need to sharpen its fangs. The very last page of Morbius, The Living Vampire #1, Vol.2 does promise to do just that and provides us with just enough intrigue to be worth a return for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate Feb 1, 2012

    All in all, I liked Morbius as a character and the structure of his introduction. Im completely new to the character from Spider-Man, but I can see how Morbius holds his own in the Marvel Universe. With a little work, this new series could reel in more new readers and new fans of Morbius. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 2, 2013

    Not the best start for a new series, but a pretty good issue none-the-less. The writing is extremely solid and fun, and the art does it justice. I like this version of Morbius, but I don't like the fact the arrogant part of him has disappeared. This is a great jump-on point for new readers and not just because it's the start of a new series. This issue gives a quick recap of the character's origin and history. My biggest complaint is that the first issue didn't really grab me, but regardless, this issue is on my pull list now, and I am excited to see this series progress.Overall, I mildly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Jan 2, 2013

    I was pumped for Morbius, and while it's an interesting start, overall I was let down by it. It's not that I got so worked up about the comic that it didn't meet my expectations, it's just kind of boring. Some of the things in the comic are a lot of fun, but the plot threads and retreads inside it just didn't do it for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jan 2, 2013

    Marvel NOW has produced some pretty impressive books thus far, but Morbius: The Living Vampire is not one of them. The quality of this series will need to improve drastically before it is worth any reader's time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 4, 2013

    Now I love Marvel, but as a company they never learn by their mistakes. Back in the 90’s Morbius had his own title, part of the Midnight Sons crew that involved Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider & Blade. It failed miserably and so will this one. Morbius has always been an interesting villainsupporting character, but that’s all he’ll ever be. Period. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 2, 2013

    Now, of course, this is only a first issue. Things can change quickly. By issue #2, maybe the creative team will have worked out some of the problems that plague this issue. But burying the potential hook that this series/character has and pedestrian artwork really start this one off on the wrong foot. Even if Morbius survives his current predicament, this book might not make it to 2014. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - geeksunleashed Jan 3, 2013

    This title's debut may not blow your mind, but it has potential. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jan 3, 2013

    An issue with close to no direction and a good deal of inconsistency with the character continuity and background. The art saves it a little bit, but it is not enough to make it a good read. Read Full Review

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