Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
The drama at Morning Glories Academy is escalating as the series slowly creeps towards issue 50 and the season two finale. The series has greatly improved recently with the last few issues making improvements on pacing, character development, and art consistency. Morning Glories #48 is an even greater improvement over what we’ve seen so far, and is one of the most exciting issues in recent memory.
Nick Spencer is quite possibly the best writer in comics when it comes to slowly building up to something massive. Morning Glories #48 begins with a flashback, which only lasts for a few pages but has a major revelation regarding Casey’s past in high school. The rest of the issue takes place in the present, featuring the long-anticipated debate between Casey and Isabel. Isabel shows just how calculated and ruthless she is both before and during the debate, as she meticulously criticizes and breaks down her opponent. Spencer does well at using the issue to continue to establish that no character aligns perfectly as a hero or a villain, and uses issue 48 as an opportunity to give readers a chance to question some motives.
When the issue isn’t focusing on Casey’s struggles, it is jumping around and giving the reader a peak at what a few other major characters of this arc are up to. Like usual, this makes the reader question even more, but still subtly hints at possible answers. It’s up to the reader to put together the pieces and as difficult as it is, it can’t be denied that Spencer does a fantastic job at engaging the reader. The issue ends with a look at Ike and Ian, who seem to be the key characters in pushing the plot forward to the massive finale.