Writer : Nick Spencer
Arist: Joe Eisma
Morning Glories #46 is another issue centered around a single character, while still managing to somewhat progressing the story. With the big ending to the end of the season set for August, it seems like there is a lot of ground to cover in just a few issues. This month we take another look at Irina, the deadliest truant.
Like every other issue in the series, this issue goes into some flashbacks, but for the most part it stays in the present. The flashbacks explain how Irina made her way into the academy but not much else. The rest of the issue brings back Irina’s private professor, Mr. N, and a new mission he has for her. The two train and then embark on the mission, with a purpose that leads to a surprising revelation. The issue leads to more questions than answers but as always, Nick Spencer presents everything in a way that makes the reader feel like the story is still heading somewhere big. The possibility of a major character returning to the series is also brought up at the end of the issue, making for some potentially exciting moments down the road.
As always, Nick Spencer tells a story full of references and allusions to history and literature. There are countless references to old civilizations this time around, which leads to some explanations on some character motives. It also gives some hints as to who the mysterious Mr. N actually is, but of course nothing is completely revealed, as one would expect from this series. Like usual, this series is probably best read in chunks, and some readers will find this one easier to digest if they wait for the trades.
Joe Eisma’s art is still fantastic, especially when he draws the environments around the characters. The character designs are also fantastic, but some characters still look too similar to others. This isn’t a major problem for those able to keep up, but some readers may find themselves staring at someone for a moment trying to figure out what character is on the panel. This mostly only applies to two characters in this issue, but it can still be bothersome for a few readers. Otherwise, this issue looks great.