Alright after going through the book a few times to familiarize myself with the setting I'm finally ready to go.
Morning Glories #8
As this is my first issue of Morning Glories I expected to be thrown into the deep end and drown. Not quite this time around as the story was fairly self-contained and what little I'd heard about it helped me bridge the gap: The story is set at the Morning Glory academy and certain students are somehow "special" for reasons unknown. And this issue was a spotlight of one of the said students called Hunter.
So there's something up with Hunter where whenever he looks at a clock he see's the time being 8:13, making checking the time or sticking to an appointment a pain in the ass. Like in this issue when Hunter sets up a date with a girl he likes for 5pm and has to rely on Jun let him know when it's time. Then things go of the rails as he gets mixed up with some school bullies led by a guy who is either Jun or his twin brother.
The other part of the story was the backstory of Hunter and how his 8:13 problem began with a stranger giving him his watch that happened to be set at 8:13 at that time. This is when the story got Lost-like for me. We got strangers giving people mysterious presents whose numbers eventually destroy his life in a very Hurley-esque manner (There's even a Hurley cameo
) mysterious brain scans that are covered up by equally mysterious gunmen, and finally in the tradition of Smokey an unseen monster-like character that strings up and disembowls people for the obligatory twist ending.
This very much felt like Lost set in a school in comic book form. And I mean that in a good way as from the solicits and this issue I'm getting that everything is being built around some far-out-there machination that goes beyond the walls of MGA. Hope for the book's sake that it isn't dragged out for too long to result in hurried resolutions like Lost did.
On the writing, I see shades of Bendis in Nick Spencer's dialog structure thanks to some of the quick back and forth exchanges, such as the scene where Hunter asks Casey out on a date, that simultaneously portray a character's personality. The art really helps in that regard as Joe Eisma's art effectively portrays the emotion of every word a character speaks as if it was rolling off their speech bubbles.
Overall, I liked the book enough to order the first trade. I had reservations about it initially since the only Nick Spencer book I've checked out was T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and that was not my thing...but I'm willing to take a punt on this book through a trade because of this issue. And if it's solid I guess this will go to my "wait for trade" list.