Nick Spencer – Morning Glories, Vols. 1 & 2
164 & 6. Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future and All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (2011)
Morning Glories, Volumes 1 & 2
Length: 192 & 168 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Started / Finished: 25 December 2011 & 16 January 2012
Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? A friend, who is my go-to source for comics knowledge, recommended it.
A prestigious prep
school, but they don’t say what they’re
preparing you *for*.
Summary: Morning Glory Academy (motto: For a Better Future) is one of the most prestigious – and secretive – prep schools in the country, but all there is not as it seems. Six new students, all from very different backgrounds, but all sharing the same birthday, arrive at the school, unsure of what to expect… but torture, murder, imprisonment, and giant secret laboratories were certainly not part of the brochure. Now they’re going to have to work together if they ever have a hope of figuring out what’s going on, and of escaping Morning Glory for good. Volume 1 focuses on new student Casey, and her escape plan after she learns just how far the school is willing to go. Volume 2 gives a little bit of the fallout of Casey’s plan, but also delves into the backstory of the other students, and why they’re at Morning Glory Academy in the first place.
Volume 1 Review: I finished Volume 1 feeling pretty damn lost… but I can’t tell yet whether it’s a good kind of lost, or a bad kind of lost. There’s a lot going on, with not a lot of explanation for anything, and I finished this volume in a “what the hell just happened here” kind of daze. I liked the characters; the kids are an assortment of high school cliches (snobby rich kid, bumbling nice-guy nerd, etc.), but there’s at least a hint that they’ve all got more going on under the surface. The adults were less well-defined, and I occasionally had a hard time telling if a given adult was someone we’d seen before, or just a random henchman. I also had a hard time piecing together the geography of the place, which seems to have an endless number of sinister sub-basements and dim hallways and hidden rooms, but also brightly-lit dorms and classrooms. I’m definitely interested enough in the story to keep reading, but I just hope that as the series progresses, at least some of the pieces start to fall into place. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Volume 2 Review: I actually enjoyed volume 2 a little more than I did volume 1, mostly because while it still contains plenty of twists and turns and secrets and hints, I felt like there were at least a few things being explained. (Even if most of the time, it cuts between scenes right at the point whenever something interesting is about to be revealed/explained.) I really enjoyed getting a look at the other kids’ backstories, how they play into who they are now, and the hints they reveal about why these kids are at the school, and what that means about the deeper motives of the people in charge. One thing that bugged me, though, was the copious (and obvious) number of Lost references. The series has been described by its creator as “Runaways meets Lost“, which I think is pretty apt, but even so, a very Hurley-looking dude in charge of a fried chicken fast-food restaurant, and a mysterious biblically-named man visiting all of our principles at some point during their lives before the school? For me, it read more as rip-off than as inspiration or homage, especially since the series is obviously not hurting for creative ideas in other areas. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: Morning Glories is about half dystopia, half action movie, mixed with a healthy dose of boarding school story, so if that sounds appealing, and you don’t mind not getting all (or any) of the answers right away, then dive in.
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