Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Joe Eisma
This issue of Morning Glories has forty-four pages of story, and while it is priced at $3.99, that is more than twice what you would get from a similarly-priced Marvel comic, like say Secret Avengers #1, written by the same man. I enjoyed that book, but I loved this one, even before considering the difference in quantity that my money bought me, because it also bought me the quality that comes with a creator-owned title. Sure, this book is hella late, but when it's this good, and this fat, I don't mind at all.
In this issue, we finally return to Ike and Jade, who are the only students of Morning Glory Academy who have been left with the faculty when the rest of the school time-jumped away, or whatever that was. They've been captured by Gribbs, who wants Ike to kill his father (again).
Now, perhaps I'm a little dense, but until this issue, I hadn't realized that Ike's father is the same Abraham that has visited each of the other students at some key point in their past, and who raised Jun's friends, and trained them to infiltrate the Academy. Maybe that was obvious before this point, but if it was, I never caught on. Sometimes I don't notice things...
Anyway, this issue gives us a good amount of insight into Ike's personality. He's always been portrayed as a hedonistic little creep who is only interested in looking after himself, and while that portrayal is accurate, it is also coloured a little by the experiences he's had, effectively growing up fatherless and ignored.
He's also the one member of the book's cast who always appears to have an exit strategy worked out, and this issue is no different. Morning Glories is consistently an excellent read, in addition to giving good value for money. Spencer and artist Joe Eisma have created a very unique book, that I always enjoy. I'm pleased to see that Spencer is gaining acclaim for his Marvel work, and for his other Image title Bedlam (this really is Nick Spencer week), but I'm more pleased to see that it's not taking his attention away from this title.