Morning Glories 1-3 or Wow this book is amazing.

Yes you can pretty much get the idea from the title what I’m going to say about this book. I re-read number 1 to refresh myself on the story a bit and read 2 and 3 this morning and this is probably one of the more fascinating books in quite a long time.  Nick Spencer is definitely getting a major push as of late in comics and it’s no secret as to why for he’s just a good writer. Morning Glories in a word if you haven’t heard much about the plot of it is about these students all turning sixteen on the same day  and all being put into this special school. It’s the most twisted prep academy represented in a comic. One of the more twisted ones. I remember when I was first hearing about this series and knew little to nothing about it and saw the first issue and gave it a shot. My mind was blown. These kids just pop out at you as characters as you read through this. From what I almost call the early leader of the group Casey to Jade they all come to life. In what makes a good comic or anything if you like the characters or at least find them interesting you’ll read on. The academy in itself is a character with the faculty and just trying to see what their ultimate goal in in the midst of this series. Just telling you about the sixteen year old aspect is a minor spoiler in itself. The book is filled with stuff happening every issue almost organically.

You just go through the book and the staggering amount of development that you get in each issue is fascinating.  Literally if you just see the cover of the first issue you just see these prep school kids and you’re not exactly sure what you’re getting into but it’s oddly fascinating. I have and note I’m not bragging but a first printing of the book and all you see is these kids just looking cool and Casey (blond girl in the front) handing an apple and you just go, “ she’s handing me an apple to read the book oh why not I’ll just take the apple and see where it leads.” The thing is this book is genuinely freaking creepy.  As you keep reading you just don’t want to put it down as you keep getting into these characters. Of course make note the adults in this book are nightmares. Outside of the first issue you don’t get a single sympathetic adult. They’re fascinating to behold but not sympathetic by any means. Just the third issue alone is a fest of messed up but absolutely fascinating storytelling.

Now before I forget to mention and I’d be remiss to not say anything but the artwork on this book is great.  Joe Eisma is the artist and he’s impressing the hell out of me. He’s one of those artists that can give you amazing character work in just telling the story and giving you the emotions yet can do nicely placed action sequences at the same time. It keeps the book moving brilliantly. The other thing I want to make a point to mention are the covers? Rodin Esquejo  does a great job with the covers of this book. I know even if I didn’t know anything about the series I’d want to pick it up and like I mentioned about the first issue I saw that first cover and just had to take that bite of the apple and see where it takes me.

The best way to put it to you all that read this is literally get this book. It’s amazing. You’ll not regret it and they’re also on the fourth printing of the first issue and the second printing of the second is on the way and the third just came out this week. Honestly if you can find them all do it. You won’t even want to attempt to wait for the trade for this book is a hot book and for good reason. Just go. Find it. Enjoy. You won’t regret a single minute reading this series. It’s got it all.

About Wesley Messer

columnist/reviewer at, geek culture examiner at and general jack of all trades in everything else.

Posted on October 21, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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