Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Morning Glories: For a Better Future Review

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma

You think that life at high school is bad? Just count yourself lucky that you don’t go to Morning Glory then.

Official description from Image: 

Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves!

Now there’s a saying that goes, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” and that’s very true with this series, as despite all the praise it has had over the years the general style of the cover, along with the title font put me off, as it didn't look like a series that I’d enjoy.

Nick Spencer did however produce some of his best work in this volume and it’s easy to tell how it’s gained the praise it gets. The suspense and drama on top of the unique setting makes this a very spontaneous and exciting tale that keeps you questioning what will happen next, whilst also making you want to read more when you’ve finished it. Spencer also did a great job of not only introducing all these new characters, but at developing them, as after the six issues in this collection you already get a certain perspective towards the characters, as well as also having certain expectations of their future.

The artwork in this story was also amazing, with Joe Eisma producing some outstanding work. The detail throughout is overall very consistent, but it was be the layout that made it really stand out, with it adding a lot more intensity and excitement to the story. Eisma’s artwork was however not quite perfect, with the facial expressions having the odd awkward moment. This however didn't overshadow the overall quality of Eisma’s art, as it added a lot of quality to Spencer’s already brilliant script.

For a Better Future is one of the better opening volumes that I’ve seen over the last few years, and if the rest of Morning Glories is like this than it will soon become one of my favourite series. Highly recommended.

Rating: 9/10