Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 3Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E.ย by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on July 10th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages:ย 241
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

The critically acclaimed, smash-hit series rolls on with this collection of the blockbuster third arc, “P.E. ” The first days were just the beginning–when the faculty cancels classes and sends the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose–sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.

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4 Stars

First Line:

Come on, ya little wimp… you can do better then that.


Review

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The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer and Joe Eismaย was a wild but confusing ride for me. On one hand I love all the secrets and lies, and on the other, I still have no clue what the heck is going on. That might pose more of a problem as the volumes go on…

The stories behind what brought each of our six main characters to Morning Glory Academy have been fleshed out and better explained, while also somehow becoming even more complex and mysterious. But, weirdly, I’ve had no problem with the jumps back and forth in time, and I even like the way there’s no division, no break whatsoever, between the timelines as we read them. Some actually alternate from one frame to the next – here’s Casey now, here’s Casey then, here’s Casey now, etc., right down one page – and it works.

With every exchange between the students – good (?) girl Casey, lovable geek Hunter, tormented Jade, psychopath Ike, silent-but-maybe-deadly Jun, and homicidal mega-bitch Zoe – we get to know them so much better, and Spencer does this without using dull exposition dumps. Each character really does have a distinct voice, and none of them are one-dimensional. Indeed, I’m not even sure all of them – hell, ANY of them – are what we’ve been led to believe up to now… I wonder if even the characters know for certain what their true natures are, or what they’re capable of…

And oh, my goodness: an actual, honest, loving gay relationship subplot? I’m thrilled to see it done in a totally non-shocking, non-exploitative way, and it’s a love story I’d want to read more about, regardless of the sexes involved. I definitely did not see that coming!

The Bad

I just don’t understand what is going on. I have never been so confused about a story in my entire life. With so many characters and so many sub-plots to pay attention to, the actually story must be getting lost in the background. If you know what is going on here, please enlighten me… because this is getting ridiculous.


Morning Glories Volume 4Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truantsย by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on May 7th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.,” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves – the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end! Collects Morning Glories #20-25.

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3 Stars

First Line:

Oh my god–


Review

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The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer and Joe Eismaย is starting to lose me. The confusion and utter lack of answers is beginning to annoy me. But let’s discuss the good stuff first.

The cover is pretty? Yeah that’s all I got.

The Bad

I just don’t get it. This was supposed to be the ending of the first season’s story arc. But it just felt like even more unanswered questions. Don’t even get me started on the introduction of 6 new students to mess you up. I spent most of this issue trying to figure out who is who, because to be honest the artwork of the characters are all starting to look alike. Especially Irina and Akiko.

I’m beginning to think Spencer has no idea what is going on either. This is starting to get dragged out for far too long just to print more issues. How about we start answering questions before new plots and ideas start making it to the page?

This volume just frustrated me beyond belief. Here’s hoping the next volume doesn’t continue on the decline it’s currently going on.


As you can see, my opinion drastically changes between volumes 3 and 4. This series is beginning to lose it’s spark with me, but I will give it two more volumes to change my mind before letting it go. Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4ย by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#MorningGloryAcademy

Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios

Comic Book Haul [#50]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I canโ€™t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Nightwing: REBIRTH #1A & 1B

Event\Storyline: Rebirth
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Yanick Paquette
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all.

Detective Comicsย #936A & 936B

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Three: In issue #936, Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface?

The Flashย #2A & 2B

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Two: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.

Unbelievable Gwenpoolย #4A & 4B

Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Gurihiru
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

โ€ขย M.O.D.O.K. is on to Gwen’s totally powerless/skill-less nature!
โ€ขย ย Can she escape his wrath with no powers or skills to speak of?
โ€ขย ย I wouldn’t think so! But she IS unbelievable.

Deadpoolย #15A & 15B

Event\Storyline: Civil War II
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Hawthorne
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!
โ€ขย ย The Mercs for Money hate Deadpool and want out!
โ€ขย ย Wait…isn’t there a new Mercs for Money series launching?
โ€ขย ย How is that going to work?

Morning Gloriesย #50A & 50B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $5.99

SPECIAL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
Celebrating five years of mind-bending mysteries with a blockbuster Season Two finale! It’s our biggest issue yet-with an ending that will leave EVERYONE talking. A true can’t-miss moment in one of the longest-running epics in comics today.

The Wicked + The Divineย #21A & 21B

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.50

“RISING ACTION,” Part Four

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! But don’t worry, it’s probably a metaphor for the creative process or the Hegelian dialectic or something clever so we’ll still get taken seriously. FIGHT!

Horizon #1

Horizonย #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Juan Gedeon
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation… by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on their planet means invasion; these are lies, this is retaliation.

Charmed #19

Charmed: Season 10ย #19

Writer: Patrick Shand
Artist: Elisa Feliz
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Release Date:ย July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING PRUE As friends and frienemies from the past reach out to assist the Charmed Ones, Prue seeks help from Tyler to save the world. As the situation with the Old Ones continues to worsen, the strength of the sister’s bond will face its greatest test yet.

Powerpuff Girlsย #1A & 1B

Writer: Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
Artist: Derek Charm
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Ah, the City of Townsville, home to none other than: THE POWERPUFF GIRLS! But things have been pretty calm lately… So much so, that Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have fallen out of the public eye-which makes it the perfect time for their super-simian arch nemesis Mojo Jojo to take over and win the hearts of millions, backed by his army of paparazzi!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and letโ€™s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 1Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics onย March 2nd 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 188
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Morning Glory Academy

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be! Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-6

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5 Stars

First Line:

For a better future.


Review

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The Good

  • This graphic novel hosts a bunch of main characters into the mix. It follows 6 troubled/gifted teenagers as they as thrust into this new boarding school from hell. (Not literally hell though). I thought each character was unique and had their own voice. They reacted to situations appropriately due to their character traits and stayed true to themselves. My personal favorites were Jun and Zoe!
  • I thought the plot was very unique. My interest was always at it’s peak from beginning to end. There is still so much more to discover in the future volumes. Especially WHY this kind of school even exists and what their purpose is with these kids.
  • Another great point to Morning Glories Vol 1 is the artwork. I thought it was well done and realistic to teenage proportions. And the fact that it includes 2 PoC main characters is awesome to see visually as well.

The Bad

  • There wasn’t too much that disappointed me with this volume other then the bland looking cover. But it’s the same style for all the volumes… so I guess that is what worked the best!

Morning Glories Volume 2Morning Glories Vol. 2: All Will Be Freeย by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on September 21st 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume. Learn (some) of the secrets in the Glories’ lives as we delve into their pasts and see how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.

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4 Stars

First Line:

All will be free.


Review

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The Good

  • Diving into Morning Glories Vol 2, we finally get some back story of all the characters. We find out how they got to their current point in life and the driving factors that cause them to do what they do. With all the heavy character growth in this volume, it doesn’t take away from driving the plot forward which was nice.
  • I also quite enjoyed the writing a little more this time around. Maybe because it is starting to sound more authentic coming from the characters that makes it more believable for me.
  • And of course Eisma doesn’t disappoint with his amazing artwork.

The Bad

  • The plot / world is getting a bit dry for me. Although the plot is moving forward, I still feel like I’m missing some critical information. My who, what, when, where and why censor is going crazy with how little information we got this time around. I know this volume was a character growth storyline, I just wish my curiosity got a little sated this time around. I guess there is always Volume 3!

So if you guys are looking for a thrillingย new graphic novel to read, then I highly suggest you pick this one up. You’re in for a wild ride!

Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2ย by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#MorningGloryAcademy

Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

 

 

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios