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, students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves![Collects Morning Glories #1-6]
In 192 pages, Morning Glories delivers an intriguing mystery with well-crafted characters, something that is occassionally lacking in debut comic series.
The story begins with an attention-grabbing introduction where a student's attempted escape leads to his gruesome death.
After the conclusion of this disturbing scene, we are then introduced to the 6 young teens accepted to Morning Glory Academy. They are from various locations, all with different personalities and backgrounds. From the cocky, self-absorbed Ike to the stuck-up, narcissistic Zoe, there wasn't a character that I didn't find enjoyable.
As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the Academy is not the prestigious prep school that outsiders believe it to be. The faculty members take pleasure in playing sadistic mind games and possess little regard for the children's safety. The reasons for their twisted cruelty remain unknown, but the mystery and danger is a part of what made this graphic novel so entertaining.
Of all the new arrivals, Casey appears to stand apart from the rest and seemingly has a different purpose for being accepted into Morning Glory Academy. She is tested and pushed harder than the others, and faculty liaison, Miss Daramount, shows a keen interest in Casey's resulting reactions and emotional responses. I'm anxious to discover the reasons behind her behavior.
If you're a fan of mystery, horror, and engaging story lines, then Morning Glories Vol. 1 is a must-read. Consider the fantastic cover art by Rodin Esquejo
an added bonus.