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2.0 out of 5 stars Sun setting before it rises, 29 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Morning Glories Volume 1 TP (Paperback)
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Starting points - they're easy enough to create but it's developing them and turning them into something and then ending them that makes a story. Unless you're creating a lengthy series in which case, say, in the first book of a comic book series you introduce a load of characters and throw in a barnyard full of starting points to be developed later. And that's precisely what you get with "Volume 1: For a Better Future".

Except it's not enough. It's not enough to introduce a number of teenage characters and put them in a school. Especially when it's a school run by murderous teachers where the classrooms are deathtraps, there are roving security squads everywhere, vengeful ghosts, homicidal classmates, insinuations upon insinuations of stories to come, a cult in the basement, a mysterious object that revolves and causes death, a 15th century ghost (yes another murderous ghost!), and (deep breath) doppelgangers.

See, it's too much. There's no explanation for why such a school exists and for what purpose. None of the ghosts are explained, nor why the students were "chosen" nor why anything that happens to them happens for a reason. As such their actions are perplexing - why accept such radical surroundings so easily? Your parents were tortured to death in the basement - so why so stoic about it? You're being hunted for some reason and one of the people you just met is going to be executed - why?

It's easy to throw in stuff that seems interesting, it's another to develop them and turn them into something more. Maybe this happens in later books but when so much is crammed into a first book it tells me the creators are trying too hard and/or have no idea what they're doing. These kind of things should be teased out over time. The first book should establish the main story but instead there's so much happening you never get to catch your breath and figure out what this series is supposed to be about. All you're left with is a dozen unresolved plot points that seem to have no connection.

To some, this might be exactly what they're looking for. Tantalising storylines, but for me I prefer for it to have a point rather than a mishmash of non-sequiturs that become less than the sum of its parts. Nick Spencer writes like a less talented Brian Vaughan and "Morning Glories" comes across as a knockoff of "Runaways" while the art is far from spectacular looking like Pia Guerra's work on an off day.

I've read a ton of comics and can tell when a series is worth following and maybe to teenagers this is just the ticket but not for me. "Morning Glories" is the product of too many ideas put together to resemble a formless mess.
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