REVIEW: Morning Glories #19

Letters by JOHNNY LOWE

Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s third arc of the immensely thrilling Morning Glories comes to a close in this weeks issue. While the issue itself is a quick read, the revelations and intrigue are aplenty. While the book isn’t perfect and suffers from the same flaws that have affected this story in the past, the series is on the right track, assuming there is no immediate end in sight.

Like every issue of this book so far, questions mount on top of questions, while simultaneously we are fed little morsels of character development, bit by bit. This arc in particular has been trying to juggle a lot of story development from a lot of different angles. With so many things happening at once it can be easy to lose sight of capitalizing on what has worked so well in this series so far: the characters. Luckily, Nick Spencer has a knack for really capturing the voice of these troubled teenagers and is able to make them both relatable and believable. This can often take a backseat to the story in some of the more mainstream series’. In this issue though we get a look back at Hunter’s unfortunate past and his relationship with his mother. This flashback narrative coincides with Hunter’s current “predicament” in the woods switching back and forth to build on Hunter’s past to explore his current mindset. The twist at the end is certainly interesting, but let’s hope it isn’t dragged out a couple issues to explore, as it would lose its significance. Reading this series on a monthly basis it’s easy to forget where each character stands and how the relate to all the other mysteries that fill Morning Glories Academy. Morning Glories is a solid thriller but some secrets should be revealed before adding new ones, otherwise it can become too easy to get confused.

Joe Eisma’s art is spot-on as ever. His bold lines work perfectly with Alex Sollazzo’s quasi-neon colors. The art has a very youthful and vibrant feel to it that blends ideally with Spencer’s protagonists. As mentioned before, Spencer does a great job of creating believable teen characters, so it is only fitting that the art comes across as accurate as the script. One issue with Eisma’s artwork though is the lack of variety in character designs. The features of each character can sometimes become muddled and end up looking very similar. The general pace and sequencing of pages though is always well rounded, helping to progress the story, even when there’s no dialogue for half of the issue.

Bottom line is this book is well worth reading, but might be easier to decipher in trade. This book is enjoyable month in and month out, but usually requires past issue referencing, or just a really good memory. The universe being built here is one with countless ideas that are just waiting to be capitalized on.

ART: 4/5

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