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"Morning in America #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Oni Press

Morning In America 1 Large

Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by Zakk Saam
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 6th, 2019

Review:

It's 1983 and a series of strange disappearances is plaguing the town of Tucker, Ohio. Since the police don't seem that concerned by this, the Sick Sisters, a group of delinquent teens, have taken it upon themselves to get to the bottom of things. This puts them on a collision course with monsters, but they're more that prepared for any kind of baddy that comes their way.

What stands out most about Morning in America is not the time period, the setting, or even the monsters; it's the characters. You get an immediate sense of the Sick Sisters and each of their personalities. Sure, they're a gang, but they're not like something out of The Warriors, you know? They're more like the outcasts. They don't fit into any specific social circle, so they've created their own.

A great example of this is how they're introduced. Letterer Zakk Saam uses these caption boxes with arrows pointing to each one to give us their name and rap sheet. This is a fun touch that gives us an idea of what kind of antics they've been up to. This happens while they're hanging out in an alley, smoking and shooting the shit.

Artist Claudia Aguirre brings them to life in some gorgeous designs. These backup their personalities 100%. You get a glimpse into who they are by how they look and dress. Ashley looks younger and more innocent in her baggy clothes and leg warmers, while Veronica appears tougher in her combat boots. Can you guess which of the two has assault on their record?

While there are definitely monsters in Morning in America, much is left to the imagination. We really only get one quick look at them and even that is obscured. This sets the mind running as to what these things could be and why they might be terrorizing this town. Aguirre gives us just enough to frighten us with a large claw and some giant wings.

Morning in America tugs on that '80s nostalgia vibe not by referencing Transformers and Ghostbusters, but by taking us back to this time where the world was full of wonder. This is before satellites and the internet mapped the entire planet. It's here that things like the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot are still very real, or at least there's not enough evidence to disprove their existence. Anything can happen in this book and the Sick Sisters in Tucker, Ohio, are about to witness that first hand.

Grades:

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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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