If given the opportunity to study at one of the best schools for free, would you jump at the chance? What would you do if suddenly the world you knew was turned completely upside down and something sinister appeared to be plotting against you? Morning Glories takes six teens and throws them in that situation.
CRAZY PSYCHO STUFF
I don’t want to peek inside the mind of Nick Spencer, as I’m afraid of what kind of messed up stuff I might find in there. The Orwellian feel of Morning Glory Academy, the students with very distinct personalities, but all with something in common, and a strange room where something is killing kids is enough to send shivers down the spine. From the opening page, readers know something isn’t right with the world Spencer has created, and there is something lurking around that I want to read more about.
Spencer has created a unique group of characters to play in his world, and while they tend to feel a bit stereotypical (The Whore, The Brain, The Psycho, etc.) they work in this first issue. Fortunately, I don’t think the stereotypes are going to continue as the sudden turn in events should cause a reset in most of the players.
This is a fantastic opening issue. It’s a story that makes me want to throw the issue on the floor and run out of the room screaming in terror, but at the same time, the issue is so compelling that I can’t put the issue down. That being said, there are a few elements of concern that did pop up toward the end. While the ending of the issue is shocking, I’m more concerned that it was done for shock value alone, which seems to be something writers are adding to their stories for no other reason than to cause a stir. I think the issue would have been just as strong if the violent reveal was left to the imagination or toned down, but hey, your mileage may vary.
My biggest fear with this series is Spencer will pull a LOST on readers, never explaining the strange bits we really want explained. What is going on with the subliminal message? How much is real, and how much is an illusion? I realize this is the first issue, but already the paranoia Spencer creates is wanting me to know more about the goings on at the school, and I eagerly await the next issue.
THE ART, THE BEAUTIFUL ART
If the teaser art we ran on the site several months ago didn’t draw you into checking out Morning Glories, then you are in for a treat when you cast your eyes upon the wonderful work of Joe Eisma on the inside pages.
The women are beautiful to look, the men look like they should be on the cover of Teen Beat. Even the pages that feature dead bodies are rendered wonderfully. They are disturbing, but wonderful nonetheless.
BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT
Be warned, there is some strange bizarre stuff going on this first issue – and it is deliciously awesome. From the wonderful art to the eclectic group of characters, Morning Glories is The Breakfast Club meets Cthulhu meets Heroes. Spooky, yet fun, Morning Glories is a title you really need to pick up and earns 5 out of 5 Stars.