Comic Book Thoughts: Morning Glories

So, I’ve written a bunch about loving trades and collections and having lots to read rather than single issues, and here’s a case in point.  MORNING GLORIES from Image Comics.  I had been hearing some buzz about this online, but never really investigated further.  If I had read the first issue alone, I doubt I would have continued to read this book.  Not that it’s a bad first issue, but subsequent issues reveal there’s just *so* much more going on.

Luckily, Morning Glories is coming out in 6-issue trades, and I managed to borrow the first one.  After reading the full six issues, I was hooked and immediately purchased the 12-issue hardcover collection.

Before reading this, I thought it was a pretty teen drama and not something that I’d be in to.  But then I heard comparisons to Marvel’s Runaways, a great little series (while it lasted), and reading the first dozen issues, I can see where that perception started.  This comic book is more like LOST, and that’s a good thing from where I’m sitting.  I know there was frustration about the ending to LOST, but the ride while it was on was great, and the creators of this book are very much aware of the potential for disappointment and promise that they’ve got all 100-issues or 5-years or whatever planned out.  I certainly hope so, because the first year’s worth of issues are great and build an intriguing mystery.

Morning Glories is about an exclusive university and the latest crop of kids to attend.  There’s some odd coincidences – they happen to share a birthday – and then a lot of horror.  Yeah, it turns out the school is hiding some pretty dark secrets.  When I was reading the first issue, I thought the book might turn into some typical slasher-horror story, but instead it begins unveiling the mystery and you start to see connections that hint at a deeper mythos.  The LOST comparisons go beyond the simple fact that there’s a lot that’s not known at the start – the structure of each issue focuses on one of the six new Glories, and flashbacks reveal secret histories and connections to the school and others.  There’s also an excellent use of perspective and timing – in one issue we’ll see one side of a conversation, and in the follow-up issue we’ll get another illuminating perspective on those same events.

So: If you like mysteries, and true horror, and comics and LOST, I have to suggest this book as a great read.  Now that I’ve read the first 12, the real difficulty will be waiting for subsequent collections, because I don’t think I can go back to reading single issues.  This is a dense story, and I’m pretty sure I’d miss a lot of details if I waited a month in between issues, but I’m definitely putting in a standing order on each new collection.

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