Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Morning Glories #7

As this story about a sinister school for "gifted students" continues to unfold, you can't help but wonder if the creative team really knows where it's all going, or if they're just making it up as they go along.

I'm pretty sure the answer is the former, but there are moments when I fear it's the latter.

This issue focuses of Zoe, the crankiest teen in the bunch - and also the most mysterious.

We actually get a flashback here from her childhood and a traumatic incident during high school - but the two don't seem to match up exactly. She also decides to try out for the cheerleading squad, but the initiation ceremony is a killer.

Writer Nick Spencer is keeping this dark tales cracking along, and the delight in it is that you really don't know what is going to happen next.

Joe Eisma's art is growing on me, and it is a challenge to draw a comic that doesn't have the usual superhero trappings, but he keeps the storytelling clean and clear - even when things get grisly.

Like the TV show Lost, this may be a tough comic to dive into as the story rolls on - but the collection of the first six issues has just been released, so now's a good time to catch up with the quirkiest - and darkest - comic around.

Grade: A-


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