Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
The second season of Morning Glories will be wrapping up soon, and with Morning Glories #45, questions begin to be answered.
This issue mostly takes place in the present as it focuses on Guillaume and Jade. Jade’s kidnapping by Guillaume and Hisao has brought up quite a few questions. The most prominent one is simply “Why?” There have been multiple references to a possible sacrifice to bring Jun back from the dead, but until now it has been unclear as to how such as ceremony could even take place and why Jade was the one selected to die for Jun. We finally get some answers for these questions and the answers are all satisfying. Nick Spencer reveals a lot via conversation between Guillaume and Jade, helping to also further develop the characters at the same time.
As usual for the series, this issue uses flashbacks in order to further flesh out the revelations made in the present. We learn a great deal about Jade and what happened to her mother following the car accident. Jade’s perspective on the situation is enlightening and makes the reader ponder on what actually happened. We also get to learn a little bit about Jade’s powers, or at least what she thinks she knows. This is a character that has changed dramatically since the beginning of the series and is becoming much more likable as she further develops. She is becoming more than the weak archetype she was at the beginning of the series and it’s enjoyable to see how far the character has come.
By now, readers should be used to all of the references and allusions made throughout the title. The series is rich with hints scattered throughout the book whispering about what is going on and what’s to come. Spencer has created a remarkable world full of rules that are still not fully understood forty-five issues later. Even though readers still don’t understand everything, there is still so much to appreciate that the series just can’t be put down.
Joe Eisma’s art is about the same as usual, but it does seem to be more rushed than usual. The lines are still clean and the panels all look phenomenal, but sometimes Jade’s face just doesn’t look like herself. Either that or her age doesn’t seem to match the time periods she gets presented in. It’s only a minor gripe though in an issue full of fantastic work.