Monday, October 10, 2011
Subtitle: For a Better Future
Author: Nick Spencer
Illustrations: Joe Eisma
Genre: Graphic Novel; Thriller
Publisher: Shadowline (Image Comics)
Pub. Date: November 16, 2010
I picked this graphic novel up a while ago and sort of forgot about it until my husband took it off the shelf recently. It's considered a thriller and fit the theme of this month well. I don't read graphic novels that often, but I have to say I enjoyed this one and definitely plan on reading the rest of the series. In fact, I'll probably read the single issues and get caught up before they print them together as a novel. This is the first volume that includes issues 1-6, though I saw that a new book is being published this December with issues 1-12.
Morning Glory Academy is a renowned boarding school. We're introduced to six teens who are chosen to attend the prestigious school. Casey, the blonde girl at the center of the cover, comes from Chicago and is a whiz at physics and is highly motivated. (Why do I feel like I'm writing a teacher's progress note, haha). Ike is from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and left behind a tense relationship with his cold mother. He seems a little antisocial/psychopathological. Then there's Zoe from San Diego, a diva leaving behind a bevy of boys. From Toronto there's Hunter, a sweet and innocent kid with an emotionally absent father. Jade is the "emo" girl from Des Moines whose small town family can't understand why she'd want to leave their town. And then there's Jun, the mysterious Asian kid whose family and background we don't know anything about.
The craziness of the school starts immediately, exposed both to the reader and even the characters. I don't want to spoil too much and I'm afraid that saying anything about what happens would spoil it. But everyone quickly learns the school is not what they thought, and there are reasons why each of them specifically was chosen to attend. It's as though once they are there, they're trapped and there is no communication with the outside world. Something extreme happens with Casey that leads her to take charge of the group, as she tries to organize a revolt against the authority figures. The school staff is in on all the hidden creepiness and have crazy powers. The things going on at the school are creepy and sinister and totally mysterious. Morning Glories has been compared to Lost, so just imagine the complete WTF-ery. Lots of crazy and lots of action. I'll admit the last issue bound in this book confused me... and it definitely leaves off in the middle of the story, but keep in mind this is just issues 1-6 and there are many more to come! I love the artwork as well. It's rich and colorful. Detailed enough but simple at the same time. Just the way I like it.
I recommend this book if you are into graphic novels or if the thought of a thriller about a crazy and mysterious boarding school interests you!