Friday, September 17, 2010

Morning Glories #2

This is a comic with quite a bit of buzz going on, so you may have a tough time tracking down copies of the first two issues.

And there's a good reason for the interest - it's a well-written, dark and mysterious comic.

The story by Nick Spencer focuses on six teens who have been enrolled in a mysterious academy. On the surface, it seems like a normal setting for gifted students - but there's a dark undercurrent beneath (quite literally in this issue, as the cover indicates).

But so far, the students are not your typical superpowered kids - in fact, none of them seem to have any powers at all.

The students begin realizing that something is going on when they call home and their parents don't know who they are. One student actually sees her parents killed at the school.

In this issue, the six find themselves in detention in an obvious shout-out to the movie The Breakfast Club, complete with a reference to actor Judd Nelson.

But there's also a lot of Lost in the story, with strange events, sinister plots and great characters.

The art is solid, with terrific covers by Rodin Esquejo and strong interiors by Joe Eisma, who manages to keep all the characters distinct and interesting.

So far, the tone and mood of the comic is spot on, and I'm anxious to read the next chapter. If you don't mind the dark tones, it's a comic I highly recommend.

What can I tell you? I love a mystery.

Grade: A-


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