Thursday, 23 January 2014

Morning Glories: All Will Be Free Review

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma

What will we learn from the Glories past, and how will this affect the series as a whole? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image: 

Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume. Learn (some) of the secrets in the Glories' lives as we delve into their pasts and see how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.

The first volume of Morning Glories simply amazed me, proving just why it's got so much praise over the years. Due to this I was expecting a lot from this second volume, but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to it. That doesn't mean that this was a bad volume far from it, just not quite as good as the first.

Nick Spencer does a great job of developing the backstories of the Glories, adding yet more mystery at the same time. I also really enjoyed the addition of the character Abraham, finding the connection he has with the Glories to be very intriguing. On top of this it was also nice to finally get an explanation to the two Jun's we saw at the end of issue two, with this particular development being very dramatic and gripping to read. The only minor thing that bugged me from time to time was the timeline, as certain sequences would be repeated several times, showing that parts of later issues happened earlier than the end of the previous. This however wasn't a huge problem, and actually set-up the specific sequences brilliantly.

Joe Eisma yet again did a terrific job with the artwork on this volume, with the detail being very consistent throughout. Eisma's layouts would also be wonderful, adding a lot more intensity and overall depth to Spencer's story, making the dramatic sequences pop out. The overall style of Eisma's art would also grow on me more throughout this issue, as having found certain facial expressions from the last volume to be a bit awkward, I now find that they add more charm and uniqueness to Eisma's art. I also felt that the colours from Alex Sollazzo added a great finish to Eisma's art, having a terrific overtone.

This volume of Morning Glories may not have surpassed the opening volume, but it does continue to build the mystery and continues to be extremely entertaining. Highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10