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Morning Glories #10

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Morning Glories #10

Credits

  • Words: Nick Spencer
  • Art: Joe Eisma
  • Colors: Alex Sollazzo
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2011

Jade walks down a hallway with a banner bearing the now-familiar words “The Hour of Our Release Draws Near.”

We’ve arrived at ten issues of Morning Glories and Spencer is still nowhere near releasing any answers, or even anything that resembles a forward-moving plot. Eisma’s simple yet effective visuals remain top notch, but the story has hit a wall.

Continuing the second arc of character-centric stories, Jade goes through painful inner turmoil while trying to analyze dreams of strange labs, her dead mother, a crumbled world with streets damp with blood, and a man from the 1800s who fondly reminds her of the time he cut her open. Whether these images have connections to anything from the story so far remains indiscernible, an increasingly stubborn edge to Spencer’s writing throughout the series.  

Therein lays the problem: Spencer has broken the nominal rule of pleasurable storytelling. Raise a question, and then answer it. There are of course many variants to the formula, with some small questions being answered on the next page and other looming questions that are not supposed to be answered until the end of the series, but answers are what keep readers happy because they feel they have learned something valuable about the world they are investing in. Without answers, the reader feels short-changed by the writer and will sometimes become frustrated enough to quit reading the book. Spencer answers his questions with more questions to the point where the reader might not be sure which are important anymore. With the mind-bending twists readers have been confronted with in this issue, what are we to think about the ghost man who melts faces, the time-traveling doppelganger, the mysterious spinning machine, the men chanting in cloaks… and does anyone even remember at one point an issue opened in 1490 showing a Spanish woman trapped in a cell?

The same confusion has affected everyone around the Interwebs. In their reviews for this issue, David Pepose from Newsarama.com says, “The story may twist and turn and leave you still uncertain of exactly what went down;” Shaun Daniels from HorrorHavenReviews.com more explicitly states he would need help to “get some much needed clues as to what the #&%$ is going on in Morning Glories;” and Jeff from ComicAttack.com admits “I’ve been reading this series since the beginning, and I’m still scratching my head.”  Believe it or not, all of those reviews went on to be highly positive, with Pepose going so far as to say “this is hands-down the best issue of the series to date.”

Maybe Spencer has created a new winning formula. Multiple sell-outs and reprints would certainly agree that he has, but some people may feel that he’s created a new form of torture porn for reader expectations that everyone is getting off on.

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  • ibell1221

    ibell1221 Jun 16, 2011 at 2:37pm

    Total agreement. I am beginning to have a bad taste in my mouth with this story.

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