AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699.1

By: Joe Keating/Dan Slott (writers), Valentine Delandro/Marcos Checchetto (artists) and Antonio Fabela (colorist)

The Story: Morbius, the living vampire, reminisces about his life while he gets away from confinement.

The Review: Morbius, as a character, has never been truly one of the more memorable characters in Spider-Man rogue’s gallery or even as a heroic figure. A lot of his appearances are either in team books like Denis Hopeless Legion of Monsters or as a villain in books like Amazing Spider-Man. Considering that there is a book starring him that will debut next month and that this issue is supposed to interest us readers in Morbius as a character, this issue has a lot of things to achieve.

Unfortunately, the story is a little bit bland and unimaginative, retelling the very same origin that has been seen for the character, which was not very original when it was created in the 70’s. We do get to see some of his past and some important figures in Morbius past, yet after reading the whole issue, there is not much to base a whole ongoing upon.

Seeing how he got this way and the hardship he had to go through help us get a bit around the character, but it does not show us any motivations or plans for the character. It explains him, yet does not advance him in any position whatsoever. Sure, he does get away from his cell in the end and does set up some kind of status quo to the character, but it does so in a very small amount of pages, the other being dedicated to an analysis of his past.

The art, however, fare a little bit better. Marcos Checcheto first two pages are gorgeous, showing us he has a knack for drawing monsters or disfigured people in a truly interesting way. His Morbius, Dr. Octopus and Lizard are simply gorgeous. Unfortunately, he only does the first two pages as the rest is drawn by Valentine Delandro. He is by no mean a bad artist, but compared to Checcheto, he pales a little bit. His lines are a little bit rough, yet his shadows are truly terrific, in a way akin to Mike Deodato Jr. Something that truly elevate the art in Delandro’s part is the work of colorist Antonio Fabela, who does a wonderful job during the night panels and some of the later stuff Morbius in his lab.

Conclusion: A somewhat unoriginal and bland origin comic helped by some good art here and there. It helps bring up to speed on the character, yet does nothing new.

Grade: C

Hugo Robberts Larivière

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