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"Morbius #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Vita Ayala
Illustrated by Marcelo Ferreira & Paulo Siqueira
Inked by Roberto Poggi
Colored by Dono Sanchez-Almara
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 12th, 2020

Review:

In an effort to cure his vampiric disease, Morbius has become more monster than man. The hunger for blood is greater than ever before as his body painfully transforms. Desperate to stop this in its tracks, he's busting into labs for supplies, which is where he runs into Spider-Man. This team up may be short-lived, as Elizabeth, a face from Morbius' past, is ready to put a stake through his heart.

Much of Morbius #4 consists of a fight between the living vampire and Elizabeth. Spidey is basically off to the side trying ineffectively to get them to cut it out. This is a knock-down, drag-out battle, however it's very one-sided. Morbius is defending himself and trying to avoid Elizabeth's attacks while she's going at him full force. Meanwhile, the guy is fighting his own body as it continues to revolt against him, turning him into even more of a monster.

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Artists Marcelo Ferreira and Paulo Siqueira showcase the sheer torture Morbius is going through, not only with these physical attacks, but with the changes in his body. The man is writhing in pain. It reminds me of that iconic transformation sequence in An American Werewolf in London. Bones are cracking as they shift to new places. Flesh is tearing and moving around. All the while, Morbius' face contorts in agony as the bloodlust rises.

The end result is closer to the more traditional vampire look and like a paler version of the Batman villain Man-Bat, although quite a bit more sinister. It's amazing to see how the sickly and skinny Morbius turns into this hulking, muscular creature of the night. I particularly like how the teeth are so large that they don't fit in his mouth. These are just some of the pointy parts of this new version of the character, joined by his claw-like hands and sharp wings.

Letterer Clayton Cowles adds to this, changing the look of Morbius' dialogue from the normal looking font and word balloons to a scratchy text and roughly drawn ovals. This finalizes the character's transformation, conveying a monstrous voice devoid of any humanity he had left.

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Throughout the battle, we see some flashes to Elizabeth's past. Up until this point, we've seen her as a force of nature, coming at Morbius with everything she had. Now we understand just how close she was to him growing up and how she turned into this skilled monster hunter. These are shown in double-page spreads broken up into a number of small snapshots. Colorist Dono Sanchez-Almara shades these with a beige tone, making them look like old photographs. This contrasts well with the shadowy nature of the present-day scenes.

Adding to this is inker Roberto Poggi, who uses thinner lines for these flashbacks and thicker, courser lines for the battle. This lends a simplicity to the former while giving a grit to the latter.

As terrifying as this new form of Morbius is, he may be needed for what's to come. The Melter has stolen some of his formula to try and transform himself and there are definitely more creatures in the near future. Writer Vita Ayala has shown us the torturous existence of this character, painting him as a sympathetic and misunderstood monster. He's been able to keep this part of himself in check up until this point, but how much longer can he do so? This makes for a fascinating and chilling read.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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