January 1, 2010
Morlock 2001 #3 
Anyway, I haven't read those first two issues, but they seem to set up a future world borrowing from literary works like 1984 and FAHRENHEIT 451, with Thought Police and book-burnings, and toss in the title character, a man who turns into a mindless walking tree. In this issue, he's going to try to get help from a scientist named Whitlock, just as Whitlock's library is discovered by the police. For no reason we're given Whitlock manages to survive third degree burns all over his body, and takes Morlock to the subway based refuge of a band of rebels plotting against the mysterious Tribunal (you know they're mysterious since they always sit with their chairs facing away from us). Whitlock comes up with an ugly costume for himself, renames himself the Midnight Man and makes plans to use Morlock's powers, but then the Thought Police discover them, so he shoots Morlock and gets ready to blow up the refuge.
Weird hodge-podge of ideas, though there's a hint of something interesting in there, although never to be developed, of course. More interesting is the artwork, the only time Ditko was paired with Wrightson on inks. It's a combination that works very well, very similar to the better Ditko/Wood combinations, with some nice brushwork and shading never getting in the way of the solid Ditko compositions, though clearly not being done justice by the printing. Shame we didn't see more of that.