The GeeksverseMind The Gap #1

Mind The Gap #1
Published on Friday, May 4, 2012 by

Return Of The Dapper Men’s Jim McCann comes to Image.

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jim McCann
Penciled by: Rodin Esquejo
Colored by: Sonia Oback
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Cover by: A & B- Rodin Esquejo w/ Sonia Oback; C- Adrian Alphona w/ Christina Strain

This is a mindtrip of a murder mystery. Attempted murder but still…

Someone tried to kill Elle Petersen and failed. That killer is revealed somewhere in the pages of this extra long first issue. We just have to follow the clues to find the killer. It’s shaping up to be an interesting ride.

McCann introduces us to all the suspects, the “ten little indians” as he calls them. With just a few pages he does a great job of establishing the relationships between them all. From Elle’s friend Min, her boyfriend Dane to her uncaring mother. We get a very solid feel for all of them and how they feel about eachother. It’s little things like Elle’s father reminding Dane that visiting hours end in 45 minutes, that work very well at establishing them all. That line tells us that her father doesn’t approve of Dane. A comment from Dane about not letting it end on that note makes it seem like they had a fight or a falling out.

Enough so that he would kill her?

More pieces of the puzzle are laid out. Alot of it doesn’t make sense and seem random, but between what we saw in this issue and the detail McCann goes into in the commentary in the back, we know it will all come together somehow. Morning Glories is another Image title that tries to play the same game as it seems Mind The Gap is. That game is the Lost game, where there are more clues and mysteries then answers. With Morning Glories we never get any answers but I think Mind The Gap will do it right. Where Morning Glories truly comes across as random, we can already see how tightly McCann has this book plotted out.

And I haven’t even gotten to the out of body aspects either. That adds another dimension to the story. It would have been good as is, a good whodunit, but this added dimension creates another element to enjoy. McCann does an amazing job setting up “the garden”. And the last page? Interesting.

A big plus for this book is the art. We’ve seen Esquejo on the covers for Morning Glories. Some cover artists aren’t as good at the interior work. They do great with the static cover images, but the meat and potatoes escapes them. That isn’t the case with Esquejo. No knock on Joe Eisma, who is improving, but I wonder how much better Morning Glories would be if Esquejo had been doing the interiors?

I like books that have the added commentary at the end. It’s nice to get inside the author’s mind and see some of the behind the scenes stuff. The first issue commentary serves to knock us about the head. It basically tells us to go back and reread the book again, revealing things like the clocks in various places, all being important at setting the locations and times of the players in relation to Elle’s accident.

Mind The Gap #1 receives
5 out of 5

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