silkcuts's Morning Glories #1 - Volume One: For a Better Future review

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Lucifer is up in the morning.

*Short Review* Morning Glories simply is a great new series and I would recommend this psychological thriller to anyone who likes a well layered story. The trade is $10 USD, not a whole lot considering how good the book is.
 
*The Invisible decode*  Morning Glories is great because of all the layers in this book.  On a basic level is it a great drama story with more and more questions to be asked.  The deeper you dig the better the series gets.  Recommended reading to enhance this series would be Phillip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, Grant Morrison's Invisibles and Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. Recommended TV watching would be the cult classic The Prisoner, because book three of the Invisibles depends a lot on it and this series depends on what we learn in The Invisibles. 
 

In decoding The Morning Glories, I think we should start with the name and oh what a great name it is.  A morning glory is a beautiful flower and in its purest form can induce effects similar to LSD if taken in large quantities.  I did not know that information until it was watching the Movie adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly and the "little blue flower" of New Path was grown so that the government can control their people.  In this books simplest decode, a simple nod to Phillip K. Dick is likely one of the reason Nick Spencer would name his series about control; Morning Glories. Nick Spencer makes sure that he informs us that Phillip K. Dick is an influence, when the character Hunter mentions the movie Blade Runner, which is the movie adaptation to Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Nick Spencer makes sure the character Hunter references Grant Morrison's Invisibles, which I felt was neat, almost like he is the "Hunter" of "Truth".  If The Invisibles are an influence to Morning Glories then the name again is a perfect choice.  Morning as in Day and Glory as in Sun, could be seen as a poetic nod to Barbelith. Barbelith is seen almost like a sun. The Sun being the Bringer of light.  Light meaning Truth.  The Term "Light Bringer" is the actual definition of Lucifer. 
There may be many other possible meanings for the name, but I like the three above. So lets move onto the meat of the story and why it is a good one.
The Universal truth in Morning Glories is that knowledge is power and that a physical prisoner does not always mean a mental one.  These universal truths of freedom became pop-culture reference from the Cult TV Show The Prisoner, which I will tell you is great.  Morning Glories is a prestigious academy in which everyone who is accepted has the same birthday, which in some ways seems like the "Control" to the testing in which these students don't know they are signing up for.  Some Prisoner references would be the fact the kids gets knocked out with gas and then wake up in their "Prison", which doesn't look like a prison, but it is.  

 Richard Lovelace (1618-1658) to Althea from prison (1649). The whole verse reads"
"Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above
Enjoy such liberty."

No truer words have been spoken when thinking of a prison.  These students have their uniform, which is suppose to take away their individuality.  The students cannot leave the academy by free will.  A few select students however have chosen to keep their individuality by challenging the authority, they do this by taking what they have learned and using it for survival. 
 
My personal favorite characters are Casey and Hunter who seem to play the part of the Star-Crossed lovers.  One is a handy homemade weapons expert, while the other is the Pop-culture expert, a great balance between fact and fiction.  Fiction not being a bad thing, because many great archetypes are found in fiction and those archetypes have truths to them.
The tone of controlling behavior is portrayed nicely in this book, there are the many obvious forms like drugs and needles, but the subtle ones are the best ones.  I like that the roommate Pamela talks like a child with her rhyming names like Jadey Wadey.  By having her interact with so often to the newer students, we see just how "Conditioned" the student body can get.  The Student Body no longer are free minded individuals, but Pavlov Dogs.  We have yet to really get into the Ivan Pavlov or B. F. Skinner levels of conditioning tests, but the "water test" does set up this series as a great psychological thriller.
Bell's Theorem is an interesting angle in which Nick Spencer is exploring, but since the theorem has never been test successfully, I would just simply like to point out that Mr. Spencer wants us to know about it.   
The art is pretty good for most of the books, my only problem is really anatomy, were things like the caff muscles on  women legs looks weird, foreheads are not always consistent and some of the facial reactions just don't look right to me.  This book gives off a "Teen Drama" feel  that was originally a turn-off and that could be why I wasn't in love with the art.  But I have to admit, I enjoyed the panel layouts, either Nick Spencer Scripts like a seasoned vet or artist Joe Eisma illustrates like he was born to visually tell stories, either way there are some great panels.
 
The Verdict is simple, this series is a winner.  With Nick Spencer's layering, there is something for everyone, from those who like to get "Lost" in a great Thriller to people like me who like to unravel the story while digesting it, this book should be in your reading pile.
 
Thanks for reading review number 540... or 5-4-0.... much like the shared birthday May, 4th....
Cheers
 - Silkcuts
18 Comments
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Congrads on the feature. I am glad that you liked Mornoing Glories. it really is a great series. 

Posted by Duo_forbidden

Great review!

Posted by longbowhunter

Just got this in the mail today. Anxious to read it.
Posted by JonesDeini

First, congrats on the feature, folk.  
Second, STELLAR REVIEW. I've been championing this series for a while now and I must say your review of the overall series was superb. Thanks for exposing some things about it that even I didn't consider.

Posted by Silkcuts
@haydenclaireheroes said:
" Congrads on the feature. I am glad that you liked Mornoing Glories. it really is a great series.  "
I was iffy on it , since it looks like a teenage drama story from the cover, but you helped talk me into it.
 
@Duo_forbidden said:
" Great review! "

Thanks buddy
 
@longbowhunter said:
" Just got this in the mail today. Anxious to read it. "

Its a good read, I have yet to decide if I am going to jump in monthly or not.
Posted by Silkcuts
@JonesDeini said:
" First, congrats on the feature, folk.  Second, STELLAR REVIEW. I've been championing this series for a while now and I must say your review of the overall series was superb. Thanks for exposing some things about it that even I didn't consider. "
Thanks, it has been a while since I got a feature on here, I was wondering if CV didn't like me anymore.  Synchronicity just lined up that this book happened to be review #540, I am really behind, I have yet to review Sweet Tooth #9, Superboy and I, Zombie for example.
 
There are other things I didn't mention on purpose...lol
But I'll share one more exclusively with you, Hunter is a key player, I can tell that off the bat since he is the link to Star Wars, the "official" Star Wars day is May 4th, so that is one importance to the shared B-day.
Posted by spawn devil

Exceptional review, as always. Cheers! :D

Posted by Starfish

Bought it. Read it. Want more!

Posted by Silkcuts
@spawn devil said:
" Exceptional review, as always. Cheers! :D "
Thank you kindly sir.
 
@Starfish said:
" Bought it. Read it. Want more! "

I hear ya, I ended up picking up issues #7 and 8 today.
Posted by RYU/BATMAN

Congrats on getting featured on the site. You seem to always nail the review game.

Posted by Silkcuts
@RYU/BATMAN said:
" Congrats on getting featured on the site. You seem to always nail the review game. "
Thanks buddy. That comment was what I needed, my esteem was attacked by my brother today.  Means a lot that you commented.
Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

Good job at getting the feature, really awesome review.

Posted by Silkcuts
@SUPER-MAN 23 said:
" Good job at getting the feature, really awesome review. "
Thanks man
Posted by SUPER-MAN 23
@Silkcuts: Your welcome
Posted by shawn87

I liked how they dropped that line referencing The Invisibles 
 
Pretty clever yourself with your last line of the review pertaining to May 4th

Posted by Silkcuts
@shawn87 said:
" I liked how they dropped that line referencing The Invisibles  Pretty clever yourself with your last line of the review pertaining to May 4th "
The fact Hunter is the Morrison fan, he instantly became my favorite character, him being from Toronto, just sweetened the deal.
 
It was the synchronicity of the situation mentioning 540, synchronicity is a words I toss around a lot and was glad when Spencer used it as well.  I think Spencer has similar influences to me.
Edited by johnny_spam

The premise and opening scene did remind me of Harmony House in The Invisibles the book is a must read has great writing characters and beautiful art.

Posted by Silkcuts
@johnny spam said:
" The premise and opening scene did remind me of Harmony House in The Invisibles the book is a must read has great writing characters and beautiful art. "
I should compare those two
^_^

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