The GeeksverseMorning Glories #7 – Advanced Review

Morning Glories #7 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, February 21, 2011 by

Written by: Nick Spencer
Illustrated by: Joe Eisma
Colors: Alex Sollazzo
Letters: Johnny Lowe
Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo
Editor: Jade Dodge

Now this is an issue that this series badly needed. It slows down and lets us get to know one of the cast as well as expands the school itself. There’s still some trace elements of the weirdness, but thats what it should be, trace elements. The last couple issues were full on weird and the characters got lost in it. We still hadn’t gotten to know them very well and there was just so much being thrown at them that their reactions just made no sense.

It still makes no sense that these kids are trying to escape, but at least the pace slows down a bit so we can get to know them. Zoe’s pointed remarks about the threats in the school, and the cheerleader captains reaction, shows that this is still Morning Glory Academy and that there is still some very strange stuff going on. But at the same time, Spencer does a good job of showing that these are teenagers in a school environment and are going to act like it. Zoe goes out to do the Morning Glory version of climbing the social ladder.

At the same time we learn some of Zoe’s past and she has a very interesting one. I wonder how much of it will have an impact on future stories. The biggest surprise is the change that came over her in a year. When we’re introduced, she’s pretty boy crazy, dangling a bunch of ‘em at a time. A year prior, as the flashback shows, she wasn’t even dating anyone. We see what became the catalyst for the change, and her behavior starts making sense.

Like I said previously, this is more like what this series needs to be on a regular basis. We still see Darabont working her mischief and trying to find out more about our cast, in this case using the cheerleader captain to get some dirt on Zoe. Zoe’s reaction is very interesting and it links back to a previous appearance of Jun and how he stopped a student from escaping. Spencer lays out the threads in this story and does it in a way that is understandable. High concept is good, but it fails when no one can follow what you are trying to do.

More like this and Morning Glories will be an enjoyable series.

Eisma’s art is still a little stiff. His figures stand/sit/move awkwardly and he has no concept of how to draw a loose skirt. The schoolgirl skirts aren’t supposed to be tight, yet he has them shown that way. He needs to loosen up his characters, let them relax a bit. The proportions are fine and he’s got good layouts. It’s just the stiff and awkward characters that are getting in the way of his work.

Morning Glories #7 receives
4 out of 5

This series needs more issues like this one.

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