Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
The previous issue of “Morning Glories” gave us some exciting things to look forward to, but some of the story’s main plotlines will have to wait for a bit while Morning Glories #44 slows down the action in favor of character development. This issue of Morning Glories isn’t full of action that will move the plot forward, but is actually there to help give us further understanding of a few characters, as well as expand on how some of the physics work in this world.
This issue allows us to learn a bit more about Ellen and what motivates her to act the way she does around her daughter, Vanessa. Like usual, this issue jumps back and forth between present day and flashbacks. The flashbacks don’t intrude much on what is going on with the story, and really help the reader to understand a character that hasn’t gotten too much spotlight
Nick Spencer has done well to reward readers slowly over time, and he answers some minor questions in this issue. What isn’t fully answered is at least explained a bit more through small references that can be caught in the dialogue. Spencer helps to guide readers through this issue without holding their hands, and the readers are rewarded for paying attention to detail. I don’t want to give anything away, but at the end of the issue there is an exciting concept introduced that could have some large implications for both the Glories and the Truants.
While it’s understandable why Spencer does it, it can be fairly frustrating to deal with all of the going back and forth that this series does. The world-building is definitely interesting and the history of everything helps to reveal quite a bit, but the flashbacks and character-focused issues always seem to come after an exciting revelation. By the end of the arc the decision to show all these flashbacks will be understood, but someone who reads this series monthly and doesn’t trade-wait can end up disappointed sometimes.