John Hughes is pretty much regarded as the king
of high school dramas. He just got what it was like to be a teenager
and how to transfer that onto the screen. So what would happen if
you placed a John Hughes high school flick in a sadistic high school
where children are tasered repeatedly for the answer to a question?
Well, youíd probably end up with something like Morning Glories.
#2 starts off with, well, a girl, Casey, being tasered repeatedly
for the answer to a question. After she refuses to answer, due to
the woman leading the questioning killing her parents, she is sent
to detention. There you get that real Breakfast Club vibe as
we are introduced to the other kids in detention and the reason why
theyíve ended up there. After the explanations are done the sadistic
nature of the Morning Glory Academy is revealed again as the group
are subjected to what can only be described as a test or challenge
that puts their very lives at danger.
The story is certainly something I havenít read
before and definitely gives new meaning to the idea of high school
as hell. Itís also definitely the type of book that requires new
readers to pick up issue one so they know whatís happened so far as
Morning Glory Academy is one twisted and strange place.
The retelling of how they all ended up in
detention is a good way to show off the various personalities of the
group. It helps to differentiate the characters from one and other
and set them up as individuals. My favorite would have to be the
womanizing Ike. He made a lot of witty and funny remarks throughout
the issue and he just had a charisma and charm that you canít help
but like. It did feel like Junís detention story could have ended 1
page earlier so that thereíd be a little more suspense and mystery
but seeing as thereís already so much of that in the book I guess
the writer has to give the reader something. The only thing I didnít
understand in the story was the two teachers. I didnít quite get who
or what they were talking about while they were watching the group
and they ended up confusing me a little bit.
Aside from the retelling of how they got into
detention the dialogue also felt unique for each character. This was
helpful seeing as not every character was named in the story. I did
think the dark haired girlís miss perfect, popular girl personality
was a little overdone but on the whole the group all had some great
The artwork was solid and there was a good use of
facial expressions throughout the story. I did find the water to
look more like ice sometimes and it was funny how the characters
didnít really look wet. Also the design of Ike and one other
character were quite similar. This made it difficult to follow
certain parts of the story as you could confuse the two.
is a story that you just want to know more about. There are so many
questions that the book leaves open. Why are these kids so special?
What is the point of this school? Itís probably the only thing like
it in comics today and I simply want more of it.