It has been a while since I blogged about Morning Glories, and A LOT has happened since then. For those of you that are new to this title, Morning Glory Academy is a prestigious boarding school. But this is no ordinary school. Morning Glory Academy (MGA) harbors dark and deadly secrets. There are unique and strict teaching methods at MGA such as deception, manipulation, torture and death. David, a ghost with three heads, lurks around the school and the staff don’t seem to notice. The students share the same birthday and their parents are instructed, I mean warned, to cease all communication with their child once they leave for the academy. Parents who don’t adhere to the warning suffer severe consequences.
This double-sized issue of season 2 is just as complex, confusing and bizarre as the issues in season 1, which is a good thing because that’s what this series is all about. The best part about it is that it’s double-sized, meaning double confusion. Morning Glories is a story that leaves you lost and confused because the mysteries surrounding the academy and the student body gets more complicated with every issue. We still don’t know who the Headmaster is. Exactly who is David and why aren’t the teachers afraid of him? What made rifle-toting Irina so trigger happy? And what in the world is that enormous funnel-shaped object spinning in the school’s basement?
There are a couple of new additions to the series beginning with season 2. At the end of every issue you will find a shortened study hall version. And there is a recap of where the story is so far. The characters in the recap are babies, and they are so cute (in my mommy voice)!
Nick Spencer is the creative writer of this dark and twisted story. Each character is complex, some harder to understand than others. Dialogue is strong and powerful, and the character interactions are breathtaking. Morning Glories is probably the most chilling story on the market right now.
Backing up this chilling dialogue with the visuals are Joe Eisma (art) and Alex Sollazzo (colors). The characters are lifelike from their facial expressions, to their body language. I love Sollazzo’s contrast of colors between the light and dark scenes. I can spot their artwork a mile away, without my glasses.
I am enjoying MORNING GLORIES. It is dark, supernatural, mystical, biblical references, confusing, mysterious, and all-around entertaining. I also like the tight-knit community that the creative team and fans of this comic has become. The creative team put a lot of work into this series, but that doesn’t stop them from interacting with their fans. They are not hard to find (especially if you’re on Twitter) and they respond to questions, comments and complaints (people actually complain, can you believe that? But it’s usually minor stuff like why the different covers and release dates).
Some of the ways Morning Glories fans are spoiled, by both the creative team and some of the fans themselves include:
- Online fan chat the night an issue is released. Spencer and Eisma usually drop in. I dropped in for this issue and Spencer, Eisma And Sollazzo were there as well. Details on upcoming issues, including special guest artists, are sometimes announced before they’re made public.
- Facebook fan page
- Various covers (at times), each of them at cover price. This issue has 8 covers by various artists. Did I say they’re all at cover price?
- Eisma always announce when he puts his original art up for sale. There are prints and information about commission sketches on the site as well.
Season 2 is a good jump-on point for those that are looking for a place to start in the series. I suggest picking up the trades from season 1 as well so you can feel and appreciate the full effect of the story.
One thing I want to stress is to NOT WAIT ON THE TRADES TO COME OUT. What does Batman, Superman and X-Men all have in common? You guessed it. They’re all big named titles with big names attached, and owned by the Big 2. Morning Glories is a creator-owned series and the continuation of these type of comics are dependent on us, its’ readers. In other words, buy the singles when they’re released. Don’t wait months for them to collect in a trade. There won’t be any trades if the singles aren’t selling. And this is one title I definitely would not want to get canceled. Therefore I am going to do all I can to help promote this series, which is published by Image. I buy the singles AND trades. Why both? Because I read singles only one time, unless it’s crucial that I go through the book again. I don’t like smudges, fingerprints, creases, bends and tears. NOTHING. I learned about this series at a con, and the first three trades were already released. I bought and read them all, then bought all the back issues. And I haven’t opened any of those back issues to this day. Well I may have opened the first issue to let Spencer sign it. Come on, I couldn’t help it. He and Eisma are so adorable! Besides I let them sign my trades. I haven’t met Sollazzo but I’m sure he’s just as nice and friendly.
By the way, the new additions I mentioned above, the shortened version of study hall and the recap will only appear in the singles, digital and print. NOT TRADES. Just thought I’d throw that in there to give you a little extra push to buy the single issues.
Don’t forget to head over to Multiversity for the MGA Study Hall. I usually type MGA Study Hall in the search box at the top of their site, and read the lecture notes. But beware, this is no easy session. These guys break the issue down, page by page. Panel by panel.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
If you don’t know my recommendation by now, then I suggest that you keep reading this post until you know. Wait, I’ll help you out. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TITLE.