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The day has arrived. Morning Glories #49 brings three ongoing stories to a head as the student elections, the Towerball tournament, and the Science Fair all occur in the first-half of the two-part season finale. While both Casey and Daramount assume Ike cheated to allow Casey’s unexpected win, the comic teases something else by tying Casey’s speech, her fainting spell, the Cylinder, and the election results all together in something far complicated that stuffing a ballot box.

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The student elections finally come around in the latest issue of Morning Glories which plays on a running theme of the comic concerning perspective and how it effects what we know to be true.

In the first instance we’re give a flashback to Casey‘s time as Ms. Clarkson and her realization that, in the most unusual way, she really did cheat to beat out out Isabel at the science fair. The main story of the issue, the debate between Casey and Isabel in front of the student body, plays on these same themes. While Casey’s hate-fueled platform promises change, Isabel attacks her rival’s naivete at how the academy really works even going so far as to suggest Casey might be the school’s biggest problem.

While Casey sees herself as the white knight to take down Morning Glories Academy Morning Glories #48 paints a far different version of the character through Isabel’s speech. Is Casey’s individualism as dangerous to the collective whole of the Academy? If it is, isn’t that a good thing? Or, as Isabel states, is Casey’s quick temper likely to lead them all down a dangerous and destructive path?

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Teased in an earlier issue, Morning Glories #45 offers Jade‘s resurrection of her mother following a traffic accident and the fallout that event which haunts her to this day. Much like “After Life” from the Sixth Season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer the latest issue centers around the double-edged sword of returning someone to life who doesn’t wish to be taken from their eternal rest and reinserted unnaturally into the world.

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Although the story will eventually tie back into the larger arc of Casey‘s bid to be the next Student Council President, the focus of Morning Glories #43 is predominantly on Ike who makes some disturbing discoveries on his trip to the school’s library.

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The disappearance of Jade, who was actually kidnapped by Jun and Guillaume hoping to trade her life to bring back his brother Hisao, has the unintended consequence at firing up Casey‘s hatred for the faculty (who she assumes has taken her roommate again) and, against her better judgement, forces her to announce her candidacy for student council president.

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Quidditch time! Okay, so it’s not exactly wizards flying on broomsticks, but the latest issue of Morning Glories reveals that the school does have its own original sport for the students with specific rules and outcomes already predetermined. It’s Towerball time!

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While spending much of the issue highlighting the underground student newspaper crew, Morning Glories #40 offers a philosophical discussion about he nature of reality with the arrival of Oliver Simon and Ellen Richmond who show up to help the class get back on track for the upcoming science fair. Although Vanessa is overjoyed at the unexpected visit from her mother, Ian is less than thrilled with his father’s arrival and lecture on the nature of observable reality. However, the debate does stir something in the young man and force him to take the first step on a dark path in attempting to rewrite history for his own ends.

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Although Morning Glories began with Casey’s arrival at Morning Glory Academy she’s been largely absent (except glimpses of her Danielle Clarkson years) from most of the recent issues. Morning Glories #39 turns its focus back on the young woman who shows up in Ms. Hodge‘s office with quite a few questions; she won’t like the answers.

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While Abraham awakens halfway around the world in a snake-filled room, safe but still pursued by agents of the Morning Glories Academy, his son faces his own troubles when Gribbs awakes from his coma caused by Ike shooting the teacher in the head.

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The latest issue of Morning Glories centers around yet another of the Truants as it follows the roaming astral body of the comatose Akiko who, while talking to her comatose body, roams various moments of her past, current unfolding events around the school (and possible future?) including meeting Danielle Clarkson, her days growing up and learning in Abraham’s Camp, a ballet recital for the older Jade, and making it down to the basement to comfort the blinded Fortunato.

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