An ongoing comic book series written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma. It tells the story of six new students (Casey, Ike, Jun, Zoe, Hunter and Jade) at the very prestigious Morning Glory Academy. Each one of them has a dark and/or strange past and they all share the same birthday. The plot follows the six students separately and as a group as they explore the mysterious and shadowy purpose of this dizzying Boarding School of Horrors. The phrase "for a better future" is thrown around a lot by the staff, but it's hard to tell what that entails. The teachers are down right sadistic, the campus contains strange horrors and there's a ghost-like man stalking around who really enjoys making a mess of people. To top it all off, Daramount, the woman in charge of the these six students (nicknamed the Morning Glories) is trying to systematically break them in increasingly creative ways.The tone and feel of the story so far is something akin to LOST in its earlier seasons: lots of character exploration and flashbacks amid completely baffling events that seem to hint toward a bizarre and complicated machination. It has also been compared to Gunnerkrigg Court in that it's about students exploring the weirdness of a boarding school with possibly dark purposes.Warning: spoilers are beyond this point.
Abusive Parents: Sprinkled throughout, but most notably Kseniya to Irina and the Headmaster to Daramount.
Audience Surrogate: Hunter, arguably, since he's the most "normal" of the Glories. Possibly lampshaded in #27 when he's spouting off theories about what the hell is going on to Future Jade and bombarding her with questions the audience almost definitely has.
Ax-Crazy: Pamela and the faculty in a HUGE way. And maybe Zoe.
Genre Savvy: Hunter is the most prominent example, even going so far as to Lampshade the mystery tropes he and the other kids are all falling prey to and proposing that they try being honest and upfront with each other instead of keeping secrets. He's promptly shot down by Jun.
Casey dabbles in this, too, if her Meet Cute scene with Hunter is anything to go by.
Good Is Not Soft: Casey in spades. She's not even a little afraid to get violent.
During her time as Danielle Clarkson, she kills people. Like, many people.
Great Big Book of Everything: Hunter seems to find one in his "dream" in #28, titled "Morning Glory Academy Test Answers Book." We don't see what's inside it, but based on his reaction, it's the answers to everything.
Holy shit—this is it, isn't it? It's all in here! And I can just—I can read it?
The Idealist: Despite Hunter's occasional cynicism (i.e. in #31 in regards to life after death), Nick has stated that he is most definitely The Heart of the Glories, and that any stories that feature him at the center are "slightly sunnier" because of his unfaltering "hope and optimism."
Akiko is the very same except without an ounce of cynicism whatsoever, especially as of #38, her issue.
Locked Out of the Loop: Ironically, Casey, for now. It remains to be seen whether she'll ever get her memories back from her time as Clarkson, and she definitely missed a lot while Woodrun was going on.
Jade gets one that's slightly more well-received in #34.
Ruins of the Modern Age: We're treated to a double-page splash of the ruins of Morning Glory Academy itself, when Future Jade takes Hunter to them in #27. When he asks, shocked, what happened, she replies with, "War. Destruction. Death. You know—human being stuff," heavily implying that the future as it currently stands is not exactly sunshine and roses.
Sadist Teacher: Daramount really enjoys messing with the kids under her charge.
Perhaps issue 1 sets the tone the best, when Jade attempts to contact her father, only for him to tell her that he's never had a daughter. She tells the others, and Casey asks for an explanation from the RA, who tells her that it's part of the protocol for the Academy to encourage parents to pretend to their children that they don't exist as a way to cultivate independence. Casey, horrified, says that her parents would never do that, and the RA says that indeed her parents refused—and then opens a door to reveal Casey's parents' mutilated bodies
#19 is pretty high up there, too, with Zoe's death.
Even more for #38, later on, when we see on the last page that Zoe is alive.
And #33, with the reveal of Hisao and Jun's final "swap."