So far Iíve been really impressed with Image
Comics Morning Glories series even though itís only a few
issues in. Does the trend continue in issue 3?
The issue starts off in 1490 in some sort of
castle/prison. A young girl has been interned there and there is a
scene thatís vaguely reminiscent of V for Vendetta. The story
then jumps forward to the present day at the Morning Glory Acadmey
where the effects of issue 2ís challenge are still being felt.
Thereís a lo t of arguing, a crazy nurse, Ike being generally
awesome again, a bad-ass bald Spanish chick and several references
to the issues beginning.
Issue 3 has a lot of things going on and at times
it felt like the story was a little too ambiguous and even
confusing. Nick Spencer is crafting a rather grand story with many
twists and turns and Iím just worried that he might try and do too
much too soon. I was also surprised that there was no time spent
exploring the climax to issue 2 (SPOILER) the fact that one of the
characters is a mole in the group. That little detail and
particularly that closing scene has just been left hanging for the
time being and hopefully the story will come back to it at sometime.
Iíve got a feeling that a lot of issue 3 will make sense later on
when we actually start finding out whatís really going on in this
school. Spencer is showing that heís a master of suspense and
keeping the reader guessing, never doing anything you would expect
and while it can be annoying it is also the bookís greatest
Even though the series has been focusing on Casey
as a main character, probably hinting at her status as the one the
school really wants, I find Ike to be the best character in the
series. His dialogue is always brilliant and even though he is only
in this issue for a few pages he really stood out. Spencer seems to
be setting up Ike as an equally important character who may save the
day if he can be bothered.
The artwork continues to be consistently good.
Itís a really clean and bright style that utilizes color really
well. Funny thing is the really nice art style is really unsettling
considering the violent and sadistic nature of the series and it
works well with the idea that appearances arenít everything at
Morning Glory Academy. Joe Eisma also captures the action in this
issue really well. Itís a really cold, bloody and efficient style
that really suits the character performing it.
While there was generally a good use of body
language and facial expression in the artwork there were a few times
when the faces appeared shaped at odd angles and I feel like Iím
missing something glaringly obvious in Eismaís page set-up where he
sets up the fight scene against images of Casey getting ready for
class. Are we supposed to think that this is how Casey will end up,
this is where her path is leading or this is something she needs to
try and avoid or is this a comment on Ike and the advice he gave
Casey which may not have been that good at all. Iím not sure.
Morning Glories #3
meets the high standards set by the prior books. Spencer is almost
toying with the reader and you really just want to know what the
hell is going on. It will be interesting to see whether the reveal
can equal or exceed the expectations the build-up is creating.