Read Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer Joe Eisma Rodin Esquejo Online


Morning Glory AcademyOne of the most prestigious prep schools in the country...But behind it's hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers...and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!...

Title : Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781607063070
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 188 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-04-24 02:21

    I've heard some bad things about this one, but the first volume really sucked me in! Now, whether or not it's going to continue to do so is up for grabs...Six very different teenagers go to a prestigious boarding school.But mystery and danger lurk in the shadowy hallways!Ok, so the gist seems to be that there is some (potentially ancient?) eeeeevil organization that for whatever reason wants to use and/or mold some of these students into...?MYSTERY IS MYSTERIOUS.And I loved every minute of it!Alright. I see a lot of complaints about the vagueness of Spencer's storyline but really didn't mind all the non-answers in For a Better Future because it was the first volume. However, I've heard through the grapevine that this entire run (so far) is an extremely ill-defined title, tends to reject the idea that a concrete answer might be good for the reader, and instead deflects every question with another question.If so, this will not make me happy.But I just can't help wanting to read more!

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-03-25 23:15


  • mark monday
    2019-03-28 20:21

    i think there are a lot of reviewers out there who genuinely enjoy writing negative reviews. sad to say, i'm not one of them. writing a bad review mainly just reminds me of the time i lost reading puerile crap rather than doing something pleasurable. in the case of Morning Glories, playing with my cat or taking a nap or jerking off would have been a more memorable this is about a boarding school for teenagers who were all born on the same day. mysterious events are afoot in this sinister school and who knows where all the intrigue and mystery and danger will lead our intrepid quintet of new students? eye-rollingly "mysterious" events and a series of laughably brutal actions by a laughably cartoonish staff against the laughably unreal students are all grindingly, obviously shoved in the reader's face as if it were all somehow shocking and intriguing when really the whole thing is, well, laughable. the quintet are bland stereotypes. the mysteries are tedious. the brutality is predictable. the whole project is such a complete rip-off of Lost by way of the CW network - complete with pointless flashbacks and annoying flashforwards, doltishly "cinematic" parallel storylines that only contribute to the meaninglessness, and characters who are drawn like pretty sticks of margarine. it all looks so pretty at first. until you look closer and realize that the whole endeavor has been mercilessly and repeatedly hit by the ugly stick. Morning Glories is an insultingly ugly book.apparently this is a rather popular and rather critically acclaimed series. well, i suppose people also once thought the earth was flat.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-04-10 00:57

    SPOILERSStarting points - they're easy enough to create but it's developing them and turning them into something and then ending them that makes a story. Unless you're creating a lengthy series in which case, say, in the first book of a comic book series you introduce a load of characters and throw in a barnyard full of starting points to be developed later. And that's precisely what you get with "Volume 1: For a Better Future". Except it's not enough. It's not enough to introduce a number of teenage characters and put them in a school. Especially when it's a school run by murderous teachers where the classrooms are deathtraps, there are roving security squads everywhere, vengeful ghosts, homicidal classmates, insinuations upon insinuations of stories to come, a cult in the basement, a mysterious object that revolves and causes death, a 15th century ghost (yes another murderous ghost!), and (deep breath) doppelgangers. See, it's too much. There's no explanation for why such a school exists and for what purpose. None of the ghosts are explained, nor why the students were "chosen" nor why anything that happens to them happens for a reason. As such their actions are perplexing - why accept such radical surroundings so easily? Your parents were tortured to death in the basement - so why so stoic about it? You're being hunted for some reason and one of the people you just met is going to be executed - why? It's easy to throw in stuff that seems interesting, it's another to develop them and turn them into something more. Maybe this happens in later books but when so much is crammed into a first book it tells me the creators are trying too hard and/or have no idea what they're doing. These kind of things should be teased out over time. The first book should establish the main story but instead there's so much happening you never get to catch your breath and figure out what this series is supposed to be about. All you're left with is a dozen unresolved plot points that seem to have no connection. To some, this might be exactly what they're looking for. Tantalising storylines, but for me I prefer for it to have a point rather than a mishmash of non-sequiturs that become less than the sum of its parts. Nick Spencer writes like a less talented Brian Vaughan and "Morning Glories" comes across as a knockoff of "Runaways" while the art is far from spectacular looking like Pia Guerra's work on an off day. I've read a ton of comics and can tell when a series is worth following and maybe to teenagers this is just the ticket but not for me. "Morning Glories" is the product of too many ideas put together to resemble a formless mess.

  • Felicia
    2019-04-23 00:55

    I almost gave this 5 stars, I had a hard time deciding! REALLY REALLY well-drawn characters, interesting and startling plotting, enough Lost-ish mysteries and twists to keep you going, a great guilty pleasure. Despite being fairly apathetic about teenagers, couldn't put it down, I'm excited to keep up with this comic!

  • Sesana
    2019-04-05 00:12

    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 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.

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-26 23:20

    Six very different students found themselves to be roommates in one of the most prestigious schools: Morning Glory Academy. They soon realize the school has some very sinister secrets and people getting killed are not that uncommon occurrence. Soon they have to fight for their own survival.The first thing noticeable about the graphic novel is the quality of artwork: it is good and distinctive. Some of the comics suffer from people's faces being drawn very similar to the point of being indistinguishable one from another; this is not the case here. The tale starts with a huge bang and it only gets more exciting further down the road. The six main characters all feel like real people with their own personalities.The only down side of this novel is that it is practically impossible to understand what is going on initially, but it makes a very good job of making you want to. By the time I hit the last chapter I was fairly sure I finally figured it out, but the ending completely threw me off: I really have not seen it coming at all. I still do not have a good idea about the happenings at the school, but I am more than curios to hunt down the next volume; so if you will excuse me: I am off to the library.4.5 stars is the final rating of the novel. This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one:

  • Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
    2019-03-25 21:09

    This series is basically Lost meets Gossip Girl meets Locke & Key, and I'm loving it!! Super excited to read the next volume.

  • Ronyell
    2019-04-03 00:21

    Introduction: I have read so many comics from Image Comics and I have been enjoying many of them so far! So, I stumbled upon this new series written by Nick Spencer called “Morning Glories Volume One: For a Better Future” and this is honestly my first comic book that I had read by Nick Spencer. Now, when I first saw this comic book, I actually thought that this series was something similar to the premise of “X-Men” where the main characters have special powers and learn how to control them. However, I was quite surprised to see a different set up in this comic than what I would normally expect from a comic book that has high school aged teenagers attending a special school!What is this story about? Morning Glory Academy is known as one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country and six students are chosen to attend the academy which includes Casey Blevins, Fukayama Jun, Hunter, Jade, Ike, and Zoe. Unfortunately, the six students will soon discover that there is a dark secret lurking around the school and they must find a way to escape the school before it is too late!What I loved about this story: Nick Spencer’s writing: Nick Spencer did a great job at providing us a story that dealt with six students trying to find out the dark secrets of Morning Glory Academy and how they will escape their torturous sessions (it is practically “Lost” a la mode, since it focuses on the mystery segments and the constant use of flashbacks). I really liked the way that Nick Spencer built up the mystery surrounding Morning Glory Academy and I was wondering about what the staff wanted from the six students and what their ultimate plan for the students is. I also really loved the character Casey Blevins of this story as she is a strong female protagonist who is willing to help out the other students escape the academy and I loved the way she used her intelligence to trick the school system into not figuring out her plans.Joe Eisma’s artwork: Joe Eisma’s artwork is just fantastic in this graphic novel as the characters look truly realistic (kind of reminded me of the characters from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). The colorings really glowed off the pages and it made the characters look so fluid. I really loved the school uniforms that the students had to wear as it really brought out a unique spin on academy focused stories and it brought a more authoritative air to the story.What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: One of the main problems I had with this graphic novel was that the pacing for the second half of the story started slowing down as some of the heavy dialogues started becoming more apparent. I often found myself getting bored with the heavy dialogues of the teachers as it really slowed the pace down and it threw the story into another direction that was different from the main story. Another problem I had with the story was that the plot tended to jump all over the place such as one moment, we are in the present day and then the next moment, we have a flashback from one of the characters. It made me wonder sometimes about what was really happening in the story and what did the flashbacks have to do with the main story at hand. Also, for anyone who does not like strong language or violence, this volume has plenty of language and scenes of characters getting murdered in bloody and graphic ways, so it might be best to skim over these scenes if they are too squeamish for you.Final Thoughts: Overall, “Morning Glories Volume One: For a Better Future” is a great introductory volume into Nick Spencer’s “Morning Glories” series and I will try to check out the rest of this series to find out more about the mysterious and frightening Morning Glory Academy!Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    2019-04-22 22:55

    3.5 starsMorning Glories Volume 1 was probably the most disappointing comic that I read during this binge, but not because it was bad necessarily. It was just a little too confusing. What is the purpose of this school? What is this weird ghost thing that seems to be living within the school? What is the significance of each of the students sharing the same birthday? The characters are pretty cool so far, but I still need to learn a lot more about them. I haven’t picked up volume 2 yet, but I will eventually in hopes of learning more.--Initial post reading thoughts:This was slightly confusing and I'm still unsure about the purpose of this school. I'm left with A LOT of questions after this first volume, but I'm eager to read the second to find out more!

  • Rosie
    2019-03-30 22:23

    This was really invigorating and interesting!Not really a fan of how it ended as I don't feel satisfied at all and am not able to pick up the next volume for a while.The art was amazing and it's an interesting story, though slightly sloppishly executed.Overall, a great read!

  • Leah
    2019-03-24 21:56

    2.5 stars.So, when I went to the library on Tuesday to vote, I decided to browse the graphic novels for some quick reads. There were a lot of volume 2 through whatever other number, but not that many volume 1s to pick from. I saw that this had all of the volumes available, so I grabbed the first three.The writing:Honestly, not that great. FOR A BETTER FUTURE felt like it was trying a little too hard to be this deep mystery, but all I felt while reading it was dissatisfaction. Had I not grabbed more than one volume of this, I wouldn't have continued to series at all. It didn't feel like it was going to be for me, and I blame the writing and the characters for that.The characters:So we have six teenagers all with the same birthdays and with very Breakfast Club-esque personalities. We have the geek (Hunter), the princess (Mary Sue...excuse me, Casey), the goth (Jade), the bad boy (Ike), the jock (Jun), and our slut shaming character (Zoe). They all felt generic and I didn't give a damn about any one of them. I just couldn't connect to them at all.I know I was supposed to love our heroine, Casey, especially since she guessed quickly that something wasn't right at Morning Glory, while all the other newcomers were these clueless imbeciles, but it just didn't work for me. There wasn't really any foundation for her knowledge or understanding that made sense or was explained. It felt forced so that the reader knew exactly who to root for.The art:I really liked the artwork in this graphic novel. I loved the colors, and while I didn't care for the writing all that much, the art did bring the story alive.Overall, had I not taken out Volumes 1 through 3 of Morning Glories, I wouldn't continue this series. However, I read FOR A BETTER FUTURE so quickly, I decided to move onto Volume 2 before bed. I'm not sure I would recommend this series, based on the first Volume alone, but I'm currently writing this while reading the third volume, so I'm just going to say that the writing has gotten better, and while I'm still not a fan of the characters, they're growing on me and so is the plot. Would recommend if you don't have anything else to read at the moment.

  • David
    2019-04-10 18:57

    It is hard to describe the plot of Morning Glories since by the end of Volume 1, all it's done is raised a ton of questions and answered none of them. The go-to comparison for this graphic novel series seems to be "Lost," which I was not particularly a fan of, but I can see the similarities: weird mysteries that just keep getting weirder, and sometimes the sneaking suspicion that even the writers don't know where they're going and are just dropping Chekhov's Guns all over the place with the intent of picking them up again later.But I am definitely continuing the series. I would call it "Lovecraft + MacGyver + Gossip Girl + 1984." With shades of Stephen King.The setting is an ultra-exclusive prep school, Morning Glory Academy, which recruits from a very selective population. As the six new students who make up our main character cast list learn when they arrive, one of those criteria is that they were all born on the same day.We quickly learn that Morning Glory Academy is dark, dystopian, and deeply freaking weird, and it goes places neither network television nor your typical YA novel can. Let's just say there's a lot of casual murder and parents are not immune. I suspect eventually we'll discover that main characters aren't either.At this point, the story seems to be about equally plot and character driven. Our six protagonists range from materialistic boy-crazy vamp to the sociopathic manipulator from the Upper East Side, to the quiet comic book geek, the super-emo farmgirl, the gorgeous blonde science whiz, and the tall, silent samurai-type Japanese kid. Naturally, we get hints that all of them have secrets and deeper secrets, to be unveiled as the series goes on.The supporting cast is equally interesting: the evil Miss Daramount (who has the Evil Sexy Librarian look down perfectly) is the chief face of their enemy, but the entire school is full of monsters, human and otherwise.Complemented by clean, lush artwork, this is definitely a keeper series. By the end of volume one we've been thrown a ton of plot seeds and setting elements and no real clues (or rather, too many clues) where it's going, but definitely enough interest and investment in the characters to want to find out.

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2019-04-22 21:06

    Also available оn the WondrousBooks blog.The good news is, it doesn't totally suck. The bad news is, it's confusing, weird and not very memorable.I would not deny that there is a story somewhere there behind all the teenage angst drama and the glorification of the main character based on reasons unknown.The story of Morning Glories is set in a prestige private boarding school where something dark and bloody is going on. The story is interesting enough to push you to read forward, but ultimately, there is not much satisfaction in it, because none of the important questions are answered. The volume ends on a giant cliffhanger, with no explanation about what happens to any of the characters or why.More so, the characters seem to be more of a moving power for the story than the story itself is, as the two are far away from being linked as of the end of this volume. And the said characters are such sad cliches that there's no fun in watching them do anything.1. Exhibit A: A nerd. He who shall fall in love with the main character and will always follow her around.2. Exhibit B: Emo-goth sad teenager who cries for her boyfriend a lot and always needs saving.3. Exhibit C: Heroine. She knows all, everyone is after her, they love her and love to hate her. She is always behind every plan and the mastermind behind every escape.I gave myself a day to mull it over and decide my final verdict. But I don't think I have the patience or desire to keep on reading this series. I'm mildly curious about the main story, but there's so much unnecessary fluff around it, that it kills my interest. This book is incapable of anticipating the emotions of the reader and of finding original ways to keep the reader's attention. None of the characters acts like a real person would, that's probably one of the main reasons it's hard to care about them.

  • Frannie Pan
    2019-04-04 00:15

    I don't even now where to start with this one. It's absolutely, 100%, entirely messed up. Is that a good beginning enough?!Six teenagers, three girls and three guys from all over the United States, get accepted in this prestigious prep school in New York. It'll be the beginning of something new and definitely different, a neat cut from all they were used to before, their path towards knowledge and.. more.Forgive me for being such a cliché for saying this but.. this was one helluva a surprise. I believe the less you know about it, the better you will enjoy it. Go into it blindly and be ready to meet complete madness.You can literally expect anything from this book. Betrayals, murders, (physical and meraphorical) stabbing in the backs, love interests, friendships, laughters and pain. It was something else, something different and fun but in a dark and twisted way. FYI, this graphic novel is so unrealistic. And bloody. If you start asking yourself whys and whats and hows, it'll be torture, the unpleasant kind. It is crazy and all over the place, but at the same time it couldn't be any other way and I honestly wouldn't want it any other way. I should be (and I am) worried for saying it, but the more twisted the characters were, the more I was digging it. They're smart and cunning and unreliable and that was the pure beauty of it. THE ART WAS @*#&ING GORGEOUS. That's all I can say about it. It's totally my new favorite graphic novel out there in the world. And that's final. I need volume 2, desperately. Peace out.

  • J
    2019-03-27 20:59

    Not quite sure how to feel about this one.The plot was slightly intriguing and it was gory, but I don't feel like the plot can possibly be profound or compelling at all from what I have seen so far. But this was enjoyable for a short comic. I can't say for sure if I will continue the series but if I do, it'll be because Casey (MC; blonde girl on the cover) turned out to be a little badass.Characters: B+Likable, but these personality combinations are tried and true in the world of horror. All-American female lead. Promiscuious female. Emotionally-troubled, whiney female. Douchey, on-the-verge-of-psychopath male. Nerdy, endearing male. Strong-and-silent, All-American male. Artwork: ADialogue: B+Plot: BHorror: B+Gory and situationally nerve-wracking, but not particularly scary.

  • Michael
    2019-04-23 23:08

    Delving into the world of comic books and graphic novels, it's hard to know where to start. Oh sure, there are the big names in the field and the superhero dramas that I read growing up. But at some point, I feel like I want to branch out a bit and try something new or different. The question, as always, is where do I start?My local library offers a wide variety of graphic novels and collected arcs from various comic books. That's a huge help given the sometimes higher entry price point for such collections. But again, it's still difficult to know where to begin or which author, artist or series might appeal most to me.Enter Morning Glories. I've heard a lot of positive buzz for it from some trusted on-line sources with similar interests to my own. I also heard comparisons to Lost. So when my library got a copy of the first two collections of story arcs from the series, I decided to take the plunge and reserve them.So far, so good.The first arc, taking place over six issues and collected in this volume, introduces us to universe, characters and situation. Six new students are chosen from the Morning Glories Academy, a mysterious institution that seems to harbor some kind of ominous secret. The Lost comparisons come in the form of flashbacks to various characters time before they came to the Academy and why they're there. These helps flesh out the characters a bit as well as creating some intrigue and tension as the story evolves.A couple of things appeal to me about this series. The first is the solid art work. The second is that there appears to some thought behind the overall story line and I've read in various place that the series isn't planned to run indefinitely but will have a definitive beginning, middle and end. The third is that in just six issues, the story managed to pull in a few surprises and twists that feel earned and open up a larger world of stories for the series going forward.It's all enough to hook me and keep me interested to see if and where this might all go.

  • Jim Truong
    2019-04-22 21:08

    [No real spoilers in details... just vague observations.]I got into this series because of the LOST comparisons (there was even a shout out line in issue 4). Anyway, I love it. The “coming together” arch is pretty cool, especially when it cuts back and forth to establish where each character is coming from and to give a little bit about themselves through their actions or relationships in their previous lives before heading off to this school. And speaking of this school, who would have thought setting a LOST-esque story in a elite prep school would work so well (in my humble opinion, of course). I definitely like the six main characters that enter this strange new world, filled with violence and mysteries. These characters work with the familiar archetypes we are probably use to seeing in ensemble pieces: the physics genius one who falls into the leader role and is tactically cunning, the pop-culture references guy who uses it to understand his world around him, the shy troubled one with something hidden in her mind/dreams, the beauty/bitchy type who hides a darker/sinister side, quiet but self-reliant "tough as nails" guy, and the high functioning sociopath who is unpredictable and sort of like Sawyer from LOST meets Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl with a dash of Kazuo Kiriyama from Battle Royale for good measure. The first arc hits fast and hard. We do not wait and ponder before a strange twist comes our way. Most times, it can get violent. Some people do not like the sudden switch of gears in issue six. I in fact enjoy it. It fills in more of the back story from a different angle and provides a little more to the growing mythology of the school and the staff behind it.The only downfall that may split people’s opinions about the series is the more complex the story becomes complete, it becomes less understandable. However, I’m sure it’s going to be one of those series that requires a second complete read through… just to see how the seeds were planted throughout and little things you didn’t pick up on the first time.

  • Andy
    2019-03-24 18:07

    I picked this up on a whim the other day having heard a lot of hype on line. I enjoyed it but I'm left with mixed feelings. The characters are interesting enough though a little generic, some better developed than others, the dialogue is natural though reminiscent of Joss Whedon (not a bad thing mind) and we're thrown right in at the deep end plot wise. This book is all about mystery.Many (many) concepts are thrown out there with absolutely nothing explained. That intrigues and worries me. I'm sure they've got a master plan, I'm just concerned that it's going to take 20 volumes to get to the end. There's some worrying foreshadowing in the last section where a scientist mentions (paraphrasing here...) that he 'knows there are grand mysteries and answers are going to be a long time coming, if at all' which doesn't fill me with hope.The art is perfectly fine though a little too neat and tidy for my liking. Despite all this and my reservations I did find it intriguing and that's enough for me to pick up the next volume and give it more time. I'm not sure I'd hang around much longer though.Contains 1-6.

  • Nicolo Yu
    2019-04-12 19:20

    This book reminds me of the television show "Lost" where it started with a mystery to hook followers into the show. But really, the main draw for me are the gorgeous Rodin Esquejo covers of every iteration of this title, in the single issues and collected editions. Not to say that interior artist Joe Eisma is a slouch, he isn't. Eisma's crisp lines are much as the core of Morning Glories as are Nick Spencer's deft characterization of our six main protagonist. However, I would pay for Esquejo's interior work on any comic any day, without hesitation to enjoy his art.The first six issues are a killer read though. It helps that our six main leads are pretty well developed by Spencer. We know that Casey is charge but the reader can't help but feel a little for nerdy Hunter.The first five issues form the first arc of the story where we know a little about the circumstances that brought the six together and get a sense of the mettle of the crew. Spencer seeds a lot of subplots which helps because this is an ongoing series. I hope he gets enough issues to tell the best stories that he can.

  • rachel • typed truths
    2019-03-25 21:13

    4.5 starsNow that is how you write a graphic novel. I'm speechless! I didn't know what this book was about before going into it, and now I'm dying for the next volume (thank God, I borrowed it at the same time and don't have to wait). Thanks for the rec, Irena! I know what you mean now.

  • Irena
    2019-03-30 23:00

    One excellent graphic novel! I'll try to review it later, but there's no any guarantees.

  • Alexandra
    2019-04-22 18:54

    welp. that'll teach me to buy a graphic novel just cause it's super cheap. in fact, I should have been alerted to how bad it was because it was marked down so much. next time I'll be more wary. I'm not really sure where to begin except to say this was baaaaaaad. bad enough that it took me 3-4 DAYS to read when ordinarily I get through most graphic novels in an hour or two, depending. but I had to really force myself to keep picking this one up. didn't want to waste my $6.42, so I made myself finish even though I seriously debated throwing in the towel when I was 75% finished. I felt really detached from the whole story and all of the characters. maybe I would have enjoyed this more in middle school? I certainly would have been able to suspend lots more disbelief then. this story didn't make sense to me at all and furthermore, I didn't care one iota about it or any of the characters. basically what this story is about is 6 teens who get accepted to this sinister boarding school where they all find out shortly after arriving that they each share the same birthday. there's also some type of cult in the basement. teachers are fucking weird and bent on torturing them etc etc. but you never really find out WHY. and it's not the kind of story where you're like "oooh I'm intrigued, tell me more!" it's more like "what the fuck. this is bogus. I don't even care what's going on, please just end already so I can move on with my life."so many random events are just thrown at you, seemingly just for shock value, and nothing seems to tie together. and this story exhibits plenty of tell, don't show. so that's super annoying and tedious. plus I really didn't care for the illustrations. all of the character's faces just looked...odd. either they were very rounded and had a dumb expression on them, or they looked disproportionate/cartoony/exaggerated. and many of them sort of looked alike, especially the male characters, so in some scenes it was hard to tell who was who. the cover art and the picture that was shown before each separate story began, looked very computer generated and wasn't true to the actual illustrations. bottom line: hated it. definitely NOT interested in reading any of the other volumes. sorry I wasted any amount of money on this.

  • Gavin
    2019-04-01 19:13

    Another Humble Bundle Image giveaway...Not sure what I was expecting...was this the Faculty? Yet another evil school,for kids where no one believes them?I know I usually hate over explanation, when the writer tells you instead of shows you, but this is the polar opposite, where they show you shit that doesn't come close to giving ANY clues or explanations.Happy medium of some context and some mystery would be better.I don't know what the school does, I don't know why they're here, I assume they're some kind of clones or shit, having the same birthday...the archetypes are obvious, yet they throw em all away and focus on Blondie.I forgot the Yun character even existed, and the redhead is taken out before things even start. Then things just get stranger but it isn't interesting strange, it's just confounding strange, the kind that makes you say forget this noise, I'm done.I'm not 14 so this didn't pull me in, nor do I really care much. I could just look up the plot, but no one I respect on here has given me any reason to try reading more. Sometimes the critics ARE right.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-05 01:09

    I saw this recommended somewhere, so I decided to give it a read. It's hard to get a feel for the series, just based on this one volume, but it's definitely different. Kind of like it's going in the X-Men School for Gifted Youngsters direction, but much more sinister. The schoolmistress is a piece of work, and I hope she gets what she deserves at some point in this series. I don't like to see youngsters harmed, and there's a lot of that. Also, this is quite bloody. Not all of the main characters' powers are revealed, but some are hinted at. All you know is that they are all born on the same day and have some abilities that a group wants to exploit.I think this is one of those books that you have to keep reading to gain perspective. The artwork was very good, and the storytelling was good, although nothing revelatory happens in this volume. I'll probably keep reading this series.Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

  • Savannah
    2019-03-30 23:23

    There are a lot of things going on in this first volume, and there are unanswered questions which makes it more apparent that I need to comtinue with the series to find out any sort of resolution. I think the pacing of the graphic novel was great but I think it lacked an over aching plot. I didn't understand what this academy was mainly focused on or what some of the characters actions were. Although I did like the sort of back and forth storytelling it had at points. I'll be continueing with the series.

  • Elena
    2019-04-10 18:57

    I struggled to get into the story, but it got SO freakin' good! Even though I expected the artwork to be just as on the cover, and I was disappointed to find out it's not, it totally grew on me. Can't wait to dive into the next one. There are TONS of questions I need answers for!!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-04 21:03

    I'm not entirely sure what just happened, but I love it and I want more!!

  • Jessi
    2019-04-23 22:54

    New fave graphic novel! Can't wait to continue on with this series!!

  • Paige
    2019-04-04 19:01

    Normally I like a book/graphic novel with some twists and turns but this was just too much. I won't be continuing on. It was engaging but too complex for me.