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The promotional push for Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s Morning Glories apparently paid off, as the first issue of the Image Comics series sold out this week at the distributor level. But how did it fare with reviewers?
Spencer (Existence 2.0, Shuddertown) certainly sets a high bar for Morning Glories, describing the genre-bending prep-school mystery as “Runaways meets Lost.” And judging from online reactions, the first issue meets that lofty goal. (You can check out previews here and here.)
Here’s a sampling of what people are saying about Morning Glories #1:
Ryan, Chronic Insomnia: “Morning Glories is very strange, quite dark, often creepy, sometimes hilarious and almost always refreshingly novel. This comic crackles beneath the surface with ideas that pop. Certain books exude a kind of energy signature, where you can almost feel the creator’s muse across the page. Hickman’s Fantastic Four. Simone’s Secret Six. Glories radiates like that.”
Auburn Slavec, Giant Killer Squid: “The writing itself is good enough to make me hate everyone in the book. I hope that was Spencer’s goal. Like I said, the setting and plot are strong enough and he’s working that whole mysterious master plan angle, but there’s only so much teenage whining I can take. I don’t try and pretend I could ever make it as a high school teacher. If we could cut back on the over-the-top character elements, I think I’d like it better.”
Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers: “This is a fantastic opening issue. It’s a story that makes me want to throw the issue on the floor and run out of the room screaming in terror, but at the same time, the issue is so compelling that I can’t put the issue down.”
Thacher Cleveland, Panels on Pages: “While this series doesn’t have the flashy premise of some more recent top-selling books, it delivers not just in witty dialogue and original characters but the expressive artwork or Joe Eisma, who effortlessly conveys the emotional nuances of the characters and the wild and fantastical occurrences that take place at both center stage and behind our unsuspecting teenagers.”
Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics: “Joe Eisma is no slouch in the art department […] To pull the comparisons back to Runaways, Eisma has the same stylistic feel that Alphona had in Runaways. It’s very smooth and has apparent stylistic influences, and a frequent use of very bright colors over it. I already have a good feel for his artwork, and can definitely say that even if the writing hadn’t pulled me in, the artwork definitely would have. It’s very sleek and will definitely draw a lot of eyes.”
Ben Johnson, Mania.com: “And the art. Four pages in, I was less than impressed, but whoever put this creative team together nailed it. The sparse art style is jarring, especially after the intensive superhero books I often read. It’s not until the importance of the emotional state of each character becomes clear that I realized how well Joe Eisma nailed it. Each person has a distinct style and look that perfectly represents who they are, at least on the surface. One last big compliment: GREAT use of panels. This doesn’t get talked about enough in the world of comics, but panels can be one of the most effective ways of telling a story, and Eisma puts on a clinic.”
What did you think about Morning Glories #1?