This really is bad. Worse than just being poorly written, it's boring, too. You just can't start a book with the main character torching his famous co...moreThis really is bad. Worse than just being poorly written, it's boring, too. You just can't start a book with the main character torching his famous costume without explaining why he's torching his famous costume. So he hates being Hawkman, but why? I never was able to figure it out. I'd bet good money that Daniel never bothered to figure it out. He just needed a way to give his main character an upgrade. Now the Nth Metal is fused with Hawkman's body! Yay? I don't care, and I don't see why I should care. This might have been helped by snappy dialog, but I've never seen such a collection of one liners completely and utterly flop. This isn't even entertaining bad, it's just dull bad.(less)
There's absolutely nothing new about a sinister and/or mysterious boarding schools. YA is busting at the seams with them. Morning Glories isn't partic...moreThere's absolutely nothing new about a sinister and/or mysterious boarding schools. YA is busting at the seams with them. Morning Glories isn't particularly innovative or convincing in the field. Yes, the school in question is particularly sinister, but it's in an almost cartoonish way, evil for the sake of being evil. I don't know why, exactly, these particular teachers are so brutal towards the students. I don't know the classrooms are perfectly built deathtraps. I don't know why there's a weird cult in the basement. I wonder if Spencer knows.
And there's the other thing. Towards the end of this volume, I started having flashbacks to late sixth season X-Files. Now, I loved X-Files, but this isn't a good thing. Morning Glories doesn't give me the same feeling that some of the more brilliant and spooky episodes gave me. No, I was reminded most strongly of that moment when I realized that there was no real plan behind the mytharc, that it was getting made up as the writers went along. And I got that same feeling with Morning Glories, that the true motivations behind the school haven't been invented yet. Maybe I'm wrong, but I went through this once with X-Files and Morning Glories would have be a damn sight better to make me risk it again.
It might help if the characters didn't feel so flat to me. Their emotions and motivations aren't convincing. I don't just mean the villains, who just do things because they're evil. The supposed protagonists weren't any more relatable or believable to me. That's partly because of the lazy use of stereotypes as character shortcuts. The man eater, the rich delinquent, the nerd, the angsty chick, the stoic Asian... I've met all these characters before.
The art seemed nice to me, at first. But after a couple dozen pages I realized that the characters were starting to look oddly waxen to me. Like the artist went to Madame Tussaud's to find models. This is even more glaring on the covers, which are, I think, done by a different artist. So I suppose that's just the aesthetic for the book, and I just don't like it.
As yet another take on a well-worn archetype, Morning Glories didn't impress me with innovation or execution. Oh well. (less)
The idea behind the series has some definite promise. Hawkeye and Black Widow have been tapped to go on SHIELD missions so deeply classified that they...moreThe idea behind the series has some definite promise. Hawkeye and Black Widow have been tapped to go on SHIELD missions so deeply classified that they themselves can't be allowed to remember what they did afterward. They've both been fit with memory implants that will erase more than just the memory of the specific missions they work, but also the memory that they go on these secret missions at all. It sounds like a great way to use Natasha's skill set, which is what drew me to it.
The problem is execution. None of the missions are terribly interesting, the characters are given no time to do anything but espionage and battle, and I'm not thrilled with the overarching AIM plot. And it lacks enough convincing details for me to buy it, honestly. It gets worse once the team expands. I would have been far happier if Spencer had just stuck with Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury, Jr. Then they add Mockingjay. Which, fine, her skills fit the concept. But Hulk? By the end of the book, it was starting to feel like the concept was slipping away, which is a shame. That concept was the single best thing about the book.(less)
I'm a little surprised at myself for rating this book so highly. The framing narrative, that the Avengers are being interviewed on camera about the ev...moreI'm a little surprised at myself for rating this book so highly. The framing narrative, that the Avengers are being interviewed on camera about the events of Fear Itself, is frankly irritating. It's something that would have been much better done in just one or two issues, not across the entire book. There are times when the format works, and works beautifully, but it's just overused. Which is a shame, because it's a perfectly good concept in the abstract, and it allows for the delivery of some very effective pages with the characters musing over what it means to be a hero, and an Avenger.
Even with the overused concept, even though I'm only vaguely aware of what was going on in the Fear Itself event, it's still a four star book. And it's because Bendis was playing to his own strengths as he wrote, and not letting the event take over. For Bendis, that means characters that act, react, and interact like people, for the most part. So we get a fantastic issue of Spider-Woman dealing with her demons, a very effective page of Mockingbird (view spoiler)[watching Avengers tower fall (hide spoiler)], and Squirrel Girl being Squirrel Girl. Add to that the relationship between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Spider-Man's fantastic exit from the New Avengers, and lots of action, and it's a very entertaining book. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Reading this book, I wished I could time travel. I would hand this book to my younger self, when I was Nita's age. Because much as I liked this book a...moreReading this book, I wished I could time travel. I would hand this book to my younger self, when I was Nita's age. Because much as I liked this book as an adult, I know that if I'd first read this in middle school, I would have loved it.
It is a good book, a very good book. I take nothing away from Duane, because I think she hit every mark nearly perfectly. And I did enjoy reading it, even if I'm not hooked. Her system of magic is interesting, basically talking the world into doing what you want it to do. It sounds simple and intuitive, but deep enough to take years, or a lifetime, to truly master. And yet, I know that everything I liked about this book I would have loved if I'd read it at age twelve, and much that I was apathetic towards I would have liked. Some books should just hit you at the right time of your life, or miss their chance to really take hold.(less)
Not bad. It's nice to read about two heroes that respect each other "professionally" and like each other personally. Seems a little thin on the ground...moreNot bad. It's nice to read about two heroes that respect each other "professionally" and like each other personally. Seems a little thin on the ground right now, doesn't it? I would have had a better time if most of the book hadn't been taken over by Huntress and Power Girl fighting a radiation monster whose name I've already forgotten. Yawn. (less)
When it comes to originality, Zita is playing in the shallow end of the pool. Nearly every element, from basic premise (girl whisked to far away and s...moreWhen it comes to originality, Zita is playing in the shallow end of the pool. Nearly every element, from basic premise (girl whisked to far away and strange land) to character (giant animal companion) has been seen somewhere else before. Even the art feels familiar, strongly reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier. This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. There are far worse artists to call to mind, and far worse inspiration sources.
What makes this book so darn entertaining is the execution, which is nearly flawless. And that's fine with me. I don't need originality in a graphic novel, though that can be nice. I need something I enjoy reading. And Zita, both the book and the character, are so charming that I couldn't help but love them. And as happy as I was to read it, I imagine the target audience will only love it more.(less)