The GeeksverseMorning Glories #8 – Advanced Review

Morning Glories #8 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, March 14, 2011 by

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

Another solid issue. Thankfully Spencer has slowed the pace down and started spending more time with the characters. This one focuses on Hunter and a unique problem he has. Anytime he needs to be somewhere at a certain time, he sees 8:13 on the clock. He’s missed his mother’s funeral because of it. And he’s afraid to tell anyone about it.

We learn about how this has affected Hunter’s life and what he’s done to try to solve the problem via a couple of flashbacks. Spencer also drops some hints in that what is wrong with Hunter is bigger then what it appears to be. He’s not overt about this, throwing a couple of clues in during one of the flashbacks. The 6 years ago one, that opens the issue, is the weakest. The other man dropping Hunter’s name, when they weren’t introduced, makes me wonder why Hunter didn’t say anything. Even a 10 year old knows not to accept gifts from strangers and this is a stranger that knew his name.

The introduction of a brother for Jun clears up some of the mysteries from previous issues. But it begs the question, why didn’t Jun just say something? Isn’t that the kind of thing you tell people? That’s a pretty big glaring error in the story telling and I hope that Spencer has an answer for it next issue.

The behavior of the classmate, Chad, was odd as well. What was the reason for the about face in behavior? Friendly to murderous?

I like Hunter’s explanation for asking Casey out, that they are in danger at the school so seize the day. Still makes me wonder why these kids haven’t asked other students whats going on, or even tried to escape. It’s odd. And it’s driving me crazy. This NEEDS to be explained better. It’s a huge hole in the story.

Some mysteries are answered and there are more revealed. But there are still big holes in the story that need to be resolved.

Eisma’s art is up and down in this issue. The opening flashback isn’t as strong. The faces seem a bit odd compared to the rest of his work. The rest of the issue is solid. His characters aren’t as stiff as they have been.

The coloring was great for the flashbacks. Sollazzo gave them a washed out brown tint. It made it easier to read, knowing right away what was a flashback. I’m wondering why colors of Casey and Hunter’s sweaters were different from every other kid in the school. Why did they have red and everyone else blue? There needs to be an explanation for this because it was just odd. It made me think that they had intentionally did different colors so the core students would be easier to distingush. Which would be a wrong thing to do. The art alone should be able to do that.

Morning Glories #8 receives
4 out of 5

Still has a big elephant in the room. But Hunter’s backstory got alot more interesting.

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