Morning Glories Volume 2 TP Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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Within a day, it becomes painfully obvious that the new students have been cut off from the outside world, and are at the mercy of a sadistic staff with unknown goals. Even other students may be prone to violence. Physical and psychological torture, and even death, is a common experience for MGA students.
Volume 1 serves as an introduction to the major characters, plus the story of how Casey, the character with the most development at this point, executes a plan to save another student from a likely horrible fate.
Volume 2 picks up with a great deal more character development on the six students. There is more detailed background information on most of them. However, author Nick Spenser cleverly manages to raise more questions than answers are given! The reader still has little clue about what the headmaster and teachers' aims are. The characters are complex and interesting. As he delves further into the story, I foresee a real rounding out of everyone involved.
I was initially drawn to the series by an appreciation for Joe Eisma's artwork, after seeing the comic in my local store. The artwork does not disappoint! Sure, the girls are all sexy, but this isn't one of those series that seems to cater only to the guys' eyes; the male characters are also attractive young men. Each person has a unique look. The lines are crisp and clean; facial expressions and body language are very well done. Alex Sollazzo's colors at times appropriately subdued and at other times vibrant and jewel like.
In short, I cannot find a single thing about this series not to like!
Some characters do come off firmly in either the hero's or villain's camp while some have motivations that are strictly based on self-preservation and I dare say I can't blame those that do. We get more back story that is set prior to issue #1 while also getting some meat for the main story in the present day. Characters are alive here, moving beyond the standard characterizations and expectations that were set in volume 1 The art is exactly the same as volume 1 - that's a compliment. I cannot tell you how distracting it can be when a book changes artists when telling an ongoing narrative. Not here, everything is on the nose on every page.
Now, there is a small criticism and here it is - by the end of volume 2, and another 160+ pages of reading, the main story does not progress very much farther than where we left it at the end of volume 1. Having already read this series as a monthly means I know what happens in the next dozen issues. But if I ignore that I STILL feel a bit of frustration here over not having any real clue about WTF is going on. Sure the context is enormously interesting and intricate and fascinating but the main story is still thin. I can tell you that things pick up in volume 3 so if you also feel this inclination at the close of this volume, have hope that a big chunk of what is going on is about to revealed.
So the Lost television show formula (large cast in a strange place with lots of mysteries about the people and the place) is still running. The ratio of satisfaction to frustration is still in favor of satisfaction but is close. The overall story doesn't move forward very far (at least, that's the way it seems), but I am patient enough to give it another volume or two to see if and how things develop.
This is probably 3.5 stars but Amazon doesn't allow halves.
Everyone has a story, but how important are those stories in relation to the person you have become? For the newest Morning Glories, those back stories directly tie to how they got there, and who they are going to become. If you are a little rich kid who committed an unspeakable act, is there a chance you can find your way out of it, or are you going to have to face your actions in the harshest way possible. When twin brothers are separated, can they ever come together and be the same? When a little girl is taken from her people, will her extraordinary talent lead who she is to become?
The second volume of The Morning Glories wasn't much different from the first. The story was filled with mystery and intrigue, but I'll be darned if I am not still totally in the dark about what they heck is happening! I expected a few more answers than I got, so the story was a little frustrating when all it did was give me more questions. Still, the mystery continues to be interesting, so I will continue to keep reading, but I want answers people! I have NO idea what is happening! The back story was very interesting, and I was glad to have it, but now I need more about this Academy and what on earth is happening inside it!
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