SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Mosaic” #1, which is on sale now.
After being initially announced way back in April, the first issue of Marvel’s new series “Mosaic” has arrived in stores. The ongoing stars a totally new character named Morris Sackett and comes from the creative team of writer Geoffrey Thorne and artist Khary Randolph. While we first met Morris this summer in “Uncanny Inhumans” #11, the first issue of “Mosaic” kicks off the character’s origin story.
The issue starts on a basketball court as Sackett dominates the game for his team, the New York Stride, and takes them all the way to victory. A showboat, Sackett begrudgingly shares the trophy with his team and gloats that he earned MVP all by himself.
Sackett then attends a red carpet afterparty with his pop star girlfriend, T-Fleek, and his father. There he’s confronted by a drunk teammate, Crawford, who’s angry at Sackett for never being a team player. But, as Sackett points out, he’s earned the team five championships in five years — and he’s earned MVP every single time. Before things can escalate further, though, the Inhuman Terrigen Mist drifts to the roof.
As a latent Inhuman, Morris reacts to the mist and gets encased in a cocoon. Three weeks pass, as Morris’ fans and family grow more and more worried about his impending Inhuman transformation. His girlfriend T-Fleek handles the stress worst of all, worrying that Sackett will return as a grotesque creature. When Sackett’s cocoon finally cracks open, his new form is revealed — and it jars T-Fleek so much that she tasers him right out the window. The new Morris falls and lands on a bystander, thus triggering his body-possession powers.
Morris bonds with his new host body, their consciousnesses merging as the selfish basketball player feels what it feels like to literally be somebody else. In the grand Marvel tradition, this flawed protagonist now has powers that make him reassess his life.
From there, the now incorporeal Sackett bounces from body to body, absorbing the experience of others along the way. He eventually winds up in the body of a criminal named Beto. Unfortunately for Morris, his new host body is on his way to break into a warehouse and steal from Russian gangsters.
On the job, Morris accesses Beto’s vocational training as an electrician to pop open a safe containing a major stack of cash. At this point, Morris realizes that he can inhabit bodies and control them, accessing the abilities and memories of the people he’s piloting — and he decides to stick it out with Beto.
But a Russian mobster has a different idea, and he isn’t too thrilled to see people stealing cash from him Beto and his two associates try to escape, but…
Since he just got these powers, Morris of course doesn’t know how — or even if — he can escape a dying body. Fans will find out more as Morris Sackett’s origin continues to unfold in this ongoing series. “Mosaic” #2 arrives in stores on November 9.
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