|"Legion of Monsters: Morbius" #1 on sale July 18|
Vampires have been keeping a low profile in the Marvel Universe of late, but in the C.B. Cebulski-penned "Biting Back," a backup story in Marvel's upcoming "Legion of Monsters: Morbius" #1, Dracula and his daughter Lilith take center stage. CBR News sat down with Cebulski, who told us what's in store for the Vampire Lord and his next of kin.
Dracula may have become more cool and calculating over the years, but his daughter Lilith is as impetuous as her father was in his youth. Indeed, it is little Lilith's rebelliousness that drives "Biting Back." "Lilith is Dracula's daughter and every child likes to rebel against their parents every now and then," Cebulski said.
The lord of the vampires has certainly kept himself confined to the shadows in recent years. "Someone else is going to be answering questions about Drac's whereabouts of late, from what I understand," Cebulski said. As to why Dracula isn't a more prominent villain in the Marvel U, Cebulski surmised, "I get the feeling some writers feel that he's too 'real' a concept, used in every other medium outside of comics, and that he doesn't necessarily 'fit' with the rest of costumes and colors in the superhero genre. But that's just me speculating. Count me in the group that would love to see more of the Vampire Lord in Marvel comics!"
|"Biting Back" pages 1 and 2|
Cebulski has Marvel editor John Barber to thank for landing the gig in "Legion of Monsters: Morbius." "Marvel's John Barber is a very new-writer-friendly editor, and when he was putting together 'Legion of Monsters,' he reached out to some up-and-comers whose work he liked, like Jonathan Hickman, Robin Furth and Brendan Cahill," Cebulski said. "I was just lucky enough to be on his radar and got the offer as well."
|"Biting Back" pages 3 and 4|
"Working with David is indeed a true collaboration," Cebulski continued. "Before I write a word, we always have long discussions about what he wants to draw and I take in all his ideas. For this story in particular, the conversation happened over dinner at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. David, myself and his lovely wife Meredith all sat down and hashed out the story and motivations for Lilith and Dracula. Our discussions included everything from plot points and pacing to architecture, fashion and blood. We got really detailed in working it all out and that level of input from them really helped me cement the story and made writing the script very easy."
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As to why the vampire subculture is more or less off the radar in mainstream Marvel books, Cebulski quipped, "Actually, they're all Skrulls!"
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