The second review for tonight is for the only Image title I picked up this week, and is also one of the best comic books I read monthly. All I can say is that if you aren't reading Morning Glories, you should be.
Morning Glories #14:
What Happened: This issue jumps back and forth from the present to the past, Massachusetts 1693 to be exact. Since I haven't the foggiest notion as to what was going on in the past, I'll stick to the present. After Hunter yelled at Zoe in the hallways last issue, Zoe went to the bathroom to try to process what was happening to her. While there, she overheard some cheerleaders gossiping about her, which pissed her off. Zoe ended up heading outside for Woodrun, and made a beeline for Hunter and Jun, basically telling Hunter that for yelling at her earlier he'd have to become her slave, lest she flirted with some big jock and then sent said jock to beat the hell out of Hunter. That trio(Hunter, Jun and Zoe) end up getting paired together for the Woodrun event, and while Hunter wanted to try to find a way to escape, Zoe was more interested in acquiring whatever prizes would be given to the winners. While going through the woods, several strange occurrences take place, including the sky suddenly turning black and a downpour of rain(almost definitely due to Miss Hodge's actions last issue). The staff at the school begins to panic, and Mr. Gribbs practically orders Miss Daramount to alert the mysterious headmaster to the events of the day.
The Good: As always, the dialogue here was super-strong. I like the way the story here tied into the last issue, since both issues are occurring simultaneously. We keep getting mentions of this mysterious headmaster, which makes me even more intrigued to finally see him. Zoe deciding to take out her frustration on Hunter was completely in character for her, and some of her shots at Hunter made me legit laugh out loud.
The Bad: I'm still foggy on what Woodrun is all about... I had NO earthly idea what the stuff from 1693 meant. Gribbs seemed to be pulling rank on Daramount, which was odd since I had always thought Daramount had more power than Gribbs.
The Verdict: I really enjoyed this issue. Yeah, there were a few confusing things going on here, and it took me a few pages to figure out that this issue was happening at the same time as the prior issue, but those aren't the types of things that can ruin a comic for me. I'm sure the weird stuff from 1693 will be cleared up in due time and will add to the rich tapestry of this series. Sure, I wish Ike was in this issue, seeing as that Ike rules, but Zoe did a good job of being the asshole of the issue, so I was cool with Ike not showing up here. As always, I'm definitely looking forward to the next issue.
Score: 9 out of 10.Zoe was ON this issue!