Monday, December 27, 2010

Morning Glories #5

This issue of Morning Glories wraps up the first storyline in this dark but fascinating series.

So far we've been introduced to the main characters - six teenagers who are enrolled in a mysterious school. They're cut off from their families and the outside world, and subjected to a number of strange and deadly tests.

The purpose of all this continues to be a mystery, but it's an intriguing one. But don't think this is a "Harry Potter" type series, aimed at young children - it's grim, horrific and sometimes gruesome.

There are mysterious forces at work here, and it remains to be seen whether or not the trials these teens face are for their own good - or just part of some sadistic plot.

Whatever the case, the mystery is compelling, the characters are interesting, and I'm anxious to see where it goes from here. Kudos to the creative team - writer Nick Spenser and artist Joe Eisma - for crafting the year's most surprising book. (Also, the covers by Rodin Esquejo are outstanding.)

Like the TV show Lost, we'll have to wait and see if they can "stick the landing." But so far, so good.

Grade: A-

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