Friday, September 17, 2010

Morning Glories #2

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Joe Eisma

While this issue didn't have the intrigue of the first, it's still a very good comic.  Spencer has set up a very strange place in the Morning Glorie Academy, where it seems that the people in charge find ways to torture and test teenagers who all share the same birthday.  This issue opens with Casey, reeling from the discovery she made on the last page of the first issue, as Miss Daramont, her teacher, quizzes her on advanced theoretical physics.

From there, she is sent to detention, alongside her peers, who then explain what they did that got them into trouble (explanations involve crashing a Satanic ritual in the basement and stopping a roommate from killing them).  The testing continues, as the room starts filling with water.

I'm not sure where this is going.  Casey has been established as a genius, and one of the other kids is clearly a sociopath, but the rest seem more or less normal.  This is not some weird take on Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and I'm not sure what Daramont and her colleagues are up to, or what their intended end result is going to be.  Right now it just seems like torture for torture's sake, but I'm sure there is a plan.

Spencer's writing is keeping this interesting, as some of the characters are becoming easy to identify with, although a couple others (psycho boy and the spoiled girl) are very hard to like.  Eisma's art is decent, without being spectacular.  This book is pretty much unlike anything else on the stands, although I'm not sure if there's enough going on to keep me coming back over a long run.  At least, not yet...

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