Characters Appearing: Bloodthirst, Jacob Weisenthal, Mandy Tyler, Martine Bancroft, Morbius, Simon Stroud, Victor Slaughter
Issue(s): Morbius #20
Morbius attempts another cure on himself, this time by fully filtering out his Lilan-tainted blood. The cure seemingly works and Morbius becomes human in appearance. But later, while Morbius is at work at the hospital, the filtered blood takes on a form of its own.
Martine Bancroft observes this. Just to recap her status, she died in Morbius #1 but was resurrected in Morbius #13 as an evil emotionless demon. Her evilness has since been put on the background, and she's just sort of been aimlessly hanging around at Morbius' place. But now we learn that she's jealous of Morbius' other love interest, Mandy Tyler, and has concocted some paranoid theories about the situation.
After badly injuring Morbius' doctor friend Jacob Weisenthal, Bloodthirst goes to the hospital to attack Morbius.
Morbius transforms into vampire form after Bloodthirst badly injures Mandy.
Without the Lilan blood, Morbius seems to be back in his old status, with his old powers. He can't stretch his body anymore, and it's suggested that he's no longer immortal.
However, Morbius is able to kill Bloodthirst by injecting him with a dose of procainamide.
In the aftermath, Jacob is at least conscious, but he's got at least 3 broken limbs. Mandy required fourteen hours of surgery, and is missing a kidney and parts of her stomach and intestines. She's still in a coma. Morbius swears to make up for all the people hurt or killed by his curse.
In set-up for the next arc, Victor Slaughter resurfaces...
...and we check in on Simon Stroud.
Morbius' demon-possessed blood taking on a human form that Morbius can punch is par for the course for Marvel's Midnight Sons "horror" books, but it also feels like the beginning of Gregory Wright putting away his toys before the end of his run. Same with the return of Slaughter and Shroud. Wright's run will end after a three part story following this issue. A "challenge" is given in the lettercol for this issue:
Due to other commitments... Gregory Wright... will be ending his run...
Maybe i'm too cynical, but that reads to me like, "Oh, yeah, we totally have a new writer lined up, and we totally know what to do with this book. But, um... readers, what the heck do you want us to do with this book?". After Wright's final arc, there will be a fill-in issue and then Lisa Trusiani (who prior to this was the regular writer on Barbie) will become the writer until the series is canceled with issue #32. But at least for the time being, this will be the last issue of Morbius that i'll cover. I've had more Morbius than i can take.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: "Days" pass while Morbius and Jacob Weisenthal administer the cure at the start of this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Note that Wright says that Stroud was set up by members of the CIA to look mentally incompetent- Wright is revising his earlier story.
Posted by: Michael | October 17, 2017 11:34 PM
But at least for the time being, this will be the last issue of Morbius that i'll cover. I've had more Morbius than i can take.
Oh, wow, I think this project is finally getting to fnord!
Seriously, fnord, I don't think that you'll be missing much of anything. I have a very clear memory of being in the comic shop in late 1994, seeing one of the later issues of Morbius (I forget the exact issue number, but it was after #25) which I took off the shelf and flipped through, and upon seeing the artwork inside I literally thought to myself "Is Marvel now just grabbing random people off the streets to draw their books?!?"
Posted by: Ben Herman | October 18, 2017 12:26 PM
Well, we already knew the project had gotten to fnord.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | October 18, 2017 5:05 PM
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