Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Morning Glories #11

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Joe Eisma

It's about time that the most interesting member of the Morning Glories crew gets his own issue.  Ike has been the smarmiest, cruelest, funniest, and most selfish character in this book since it started, playing first season Sawyer to Casey's Jack at every turn.  I was worried that as his back story became more clear, he would become a more sympathetic, perhaps just 'misunderstood' character.

Thankfully, the more we learn about him, the worse he seems.  Gribbs, the sadistic enforcer of the Morning Glory Academy wants to recruit Ike to kill someone for him, and think he knows what to offer to get his cooperation, although he's wrong.

These scenes are cut with flashbacks to Ike's life before the school.  He is just as manipulative and mean-spirited as we have been led to believe.  Of course, there is an appearance by the mysterious Abraham, who has shown up throughout this arc (and is, perhaps, the model for Ike's scarf-wearing aesthetic?), and an unexpected twist at the end.

As much as I enjoy this series, I am concerned that the sheer weight of the constant twists and turns will erode any structural foundation, and make this story impossible to resolve.  This is the longest and most complex story we've seen from Spencer so far, so I have a slight fear that he may not be able to pull it all off.  But it's a fun rides, so it's all good for now.

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