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The Amazing Spider-Man #699.1 - Enter: Morbius - The Living Vampire

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Doc Ock's scheme continues and we see some follow up on it but the spotlight shifts and focuses on Morbius, the Living Vampire.

The Good

It's been an intense ride the last couple issues as we find Spider-Man in a situation he might not be able to get out of, especially with this series about to end in one issue. There has been some theories surrounding Morbius' possible involvement since he's been in the supporting cast of the title lately being the mysterious secret worker at Horizon Labs.

The real reason for Morbius to get the spotlight is because he's getting an ongoing title next month written by Joe Keatinge (who wrote this issue with Dan Slott). I'll be honest, Morbius has never been one of my favorite characters. A question Morbius is asked early in the issue is, "Where do you think you're going?" That's a great question as readers like me need to decide whether or not to pick up the new Morbius series. This issue shows us where he may be going but more importantly where he's been.

Morbius' past was never really a secret but I don't think we ever saw it explored in this depth. This issue finally does what past ones never really did, it made me start to care.

The art by Valentine Delandro fits the tone perfectly. We see a side of Morbius I never considered before. The flashback scenes pulled me into the story.

The Bad

Even though it's a point 1 issue and sheds some new light on Morbius, we all want the next issue of Spider-Man to find out what is going to happen. While there is a connection, this feels like a road block getting in the way of the Spidey/Doc Ock story.

I can also appreciate this issue being used as the springboard for the upcoming MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE series and I did enjoy the story. I would just rather a Spider-Man comic to feature Spider-Man a bit more.

The Verdict

Do you think you know who Morbius is? Whether you're a fan of the character or unsure what to think of him, this issue will win you over. Set as a bit of a prelude to his upcoming solo series, the focus is placed on who he is and what the story of his past is. Joe Keatinge writes the story as he lays out the groundwork for his series. Dan Slott is on hand as well to help bridge the gap between last issue and issue #700. We have some great art to showcase Morbius' past but it would have been nice to have a little more Spider-Man in this Spider-Man comic.

Note: Be sure to read AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 before reading AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 on December 26.

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theTimeStreamer

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Edited By theTimeStreamer

this issue felt completely useless. morbius escapes when ock is busted out. there. the whole issue in 1 sentence.

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Edited By lifeboy

I laughed at the cover for 698. Thats the death scenefor darth vader!

As for the current issue, I will be picking it up if it hasnt sold out because hoarders might be all over this one and the 700.

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Edited By pspin

@theTimeStreamer said:

this issue felt completely useless. morbius escapes when ock is busted out. there. the whole issue in 1 sentence.

Win.

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Edited By sparty-dbq

So really, it would have been more accurate to call this Morbius 0.1. See, this is why I usually skip .1's

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Edited By Gambit1024

This issue is the reason why I won't be buying .1's anymore. It was fine, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't an issue of Amazing Spider-Man... ya know, the reason I bought it.

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Edited By Metatron_Da_Don

I was expecting a Spider-Man issue... but ...
With this issue and the Morbius casting news this week it seems like Morbius is really getting the "big push".
I dont know if this issue was a retcon (the emaciated blood disease part seems very new). Not sure but
I was surprised and liked it. That being said, I was reading and kept seeing it as a primer on the version of Morbius that we see in the Cinematic universe.

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Edited By JairamGanpat

@theTimeStreamer said:

this issue felt completely useless. morbius escapes when ock is busted out. there. the whole issue in 1 sentence.

Agreed

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Edited By sheldipez

Well that's some cash saved.

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Edited By xblah_blahx

I didn't even know there was enough demand to warrant a Morbius ongoing.

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Edited By SmashBrawler

This was a waste of money for me. Last time I ever read a .1 issue :P

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@theTimeStreamer: seconded. Didn't have to shoehorn this into a Spiderman arc. Shamelessly done!

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Edited By owie  Moderator

I thought it was a nice Morbius story, but it certainly shouldn't have had a Spidey title.

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Edited By hectorsquall

Didn't see any problem at all with this issue, the new Venom was also introduced in a .1 issue and people didn't complain that much. Seemed pretty obvious that it'd be the same kind of promotional issue for the new Morbius series and it didn't disappoint.

Like @G-Man: already said this issue really made me care about Morbius, a really good introduction to the character and it has a lot of potential for future stories. Don't really know the direction for this new series but Keatinge seems to have a good grasp of the character so it will probably be worth checking out.

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Edited By Teerack

The first couple pages were great but then the flashback was boring and pointless. You could honestly read the first five pages and the last two and get everything you need from this comic.

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Edited By derf_jenkins

I would rather not have seen a setup for the Morbius ongoing. Especially when this large story is going and there is better stuff for us to be reading. It was a good story though and as a hopeless addict I will probably still pick up the Morbius books even after a cheap plug like this.