Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Morning Glories Vol. 1 Review

Being fairly new to the comic book scene, I never heard the rave reviews surrounding Image's current ongoing series "Morning Glories" when it began last year. What I found in this collection of the first 6 issues was an intriguing mystery filled with great art and few explanations to the overarching story. Morning Glories is written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma.

I picked this title up about a week ago with some hesitation. I looked at the cover art and the name and they didn't seem particularly grabbing, I have never had a particular fondness for prep schools or i's dotted with flowers. I had even turned down purchasing this book the week before in favor of picking up "Mystery Society", which I will be writing about soon. Anyway, before purchasing it, I flipped a couple of pages in and saw an ethereal hand going through a students face. Needless to say, that caught my interest. That brief experience I had easily set a tone for the rest of the book. Neatly made prep school on the front, strange macabre experiment on the inside. If there was one word I would not use to define Morning Glories, it would be expectable.

The story follows 6 new students who have been accepted to Morning Glory Academy, which is often regarded in the text as both prestigious and mysterious. The story follows the 6 as they soon realize that Morning Glory is not a normal prep school and they begin to ask questions about its motives and practices. this ultimately leads to many confrontations with the school's sadistic and occasionally murderous faculty and staff. By the end of the sixth issue, the reader is left with many questions and no definite answers. Since "Morning Glories" is an ongoing series I doubt many of my questions will be answered for some time, but I think this first volume has got me hooked.

Morning Glories has currently published 14 issues and two volumes of trade paperbacks collecting the first two arcs. The TPs only run about $10, so they are a great read for a fairly low price. Check it out if you are looking for a sinister supernatural comic free of capes and spandex.