Morning Glories Volume 9: Assembly

Nick Spencer, words; Joe Eisma, art; Rodin Esquejo: covers

Image Comics, 2015

By now you're either reading this series or you're not. The layering of timelines has become hard to keep track of long ago, although I found this "run-up to the Season 2 finale" reasonably easy to follow. But I'll admit I referred to the Wikia website to clear up questions about who the characters are--there are several that look alike enough to cause confusion--as well as when they were seen previously. It could be argued that not enough happens in these four issues, but they are rich in backstory. Casey's challenge to the favorite in the Student Council elections begins the collection, but it's just prelude. The rest of the stories center on Jade's history (especially her apparent resurrection of her mother), Ike's relationship to his father, and Irina in the past and present. They all lead to the finale in Issue #50.

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The book was intriguing from the beginning, but I fear the increasingly erratic schedule may be hurting it to the point that the Internet is now necessary to keep it afloat.

Yeah, I was surprised that I had only fallen one TPB behind. The big issue #50 is only four issues past the end of this collection--they've been little four-issue volumes for awhile now--and I think it's been announced for October.

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