I’m going to spend the next few weeks reviewing some of the comics I’ve been reading, both new ongoing series, and mini-series (some of which may not have finished yet). I may also review some older stuff too. Basically I’m buying some time by talking about stuff I’ve read or am reading (hey, it takes time to read books, so I need time to finish them so I can write about them). That said I do have some other books and things that I’d like to talk about, so I may throw in some posts about them too. Just depends when I get around to it. So without further adieu, here’s my first comic review. FYI, I’ll probably be sticking mostly to American comics for now, only because I’ve gotten quite far behind in my manga reading.
My comic shop has a program where every month I can get a giant catalog and place orders via e-mail for single issues or entire series as they come out, and so on and so forth. So I’ve got innumerable amounts of comics ordered. One of the most intriguing series is a new one published by Image Comics, a company I had never heard of before. The series is called Morning Glories, and I think the last time I was gripped by an American comic the way this one gripped me was when I first started reading the old Amazing Spider-Man comics (speaking of which, keep an eye out for an upcoming review of the Death of the Staceys hardcover collection).
Morning Glories focuses on a group of students from all across the country arriving at a very prestigious — and very foreboding, even dangerous as the first few pages demonstrate — boarding school called the Morning Glory academy. Right away you know something is up. I can’t say too much without ruining things (and to think, there are only two issues out!), but suffice to say there are quite a few unexpected twists even within the first issue alone. There is an extremely well utilized feeling of suspense, and it’s quite refreshing and exhilarating to be left with a cliffhanger for an entire month. In this day and age of instant gratification, it’s a new experience — though maybe slightly less so for those of us who can still remember music cassettes and VHS tapes… God I feel old — to have to wait to find out what happens next.
And besides, this is the way comics should be read. Physical, glossy pages. Anthologies are all well and good, and I quite support and look forward to their releases, because it’s more convenient to have the whole story in one place, and it’s also the only way to get most of the old classics. But there’s something amazing about holding a physical first edition comic. The smell, the texture, the overwhelming realization that you’re holding what could be a piece of comic history, and could even someday be worth hundreds of dollars. It’s not just a story told in colorful panels. It’s an entire culture.
But enough about that. If you thought your school was bad, give this comic a look. You’ll never complain about school again after seeing the policies at the Morning Glory Academy.
Did I say Morning Glory Academy? I suppose I can’t change what the author chose to call it, but it would be more fitting to call it the Morning Gory Academy. You’ll see why in the first issue…