Posted on May 21, 2012 AT 03:26pm
Image Comics has been majorly stepping it up recently, releasing some tremendous titles. One of their newest titles, “Mind The Gap” really takes it up a notch, using every element to its advantage to create a unique and engrossing book. Add the fact that the first issue is a whopping fifty-one pages, and this book is primed to set the standard for new Image titles.
The new book, written and created by Jim Mccan, with Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback contributing to the art portion, is focused on Ellis Peterssen, the victim of what the police are calling a fall on a subway platform. Now in a coma, Ellis is trapped in a place called “The Garden”, an ironic name for coma victims, often classified as “vegetables”. Able to see and hear everything around her prone body as she has an out of body experience, Ellis is about to set off on a wild journey to find out what happened to her. On top of that, she needs to find out who she is, as her memory fails to recognize her name, or more than slight portions of her life.
The artwork by Esquejo and Oback is brilliant. Their work is detailed and carefully colored, with an added emphasis on realism. Everything art-wise is incredibly well done, taking a long look at using nearly cinematic camera angles and positioning, adding in effects like blurring to the fold to give it an extra boost. Even the way the speech bubbles are presented in some areas add to the realism effect, with bubbles overlapping one another during shouting matches where one person is attempting to speak over the other.
Jim McCann hit a home run writing this project, presenting a unique story that has many twists and turns. While it moves at a rather slow pace at times, as well as bounces around a bit too much for a first issue, the length of the book makes it a bit more manageable, having ample space to explore several different plot points in one issue.
For a new series that had a lot of hype, Mind The Gap certainly did its best to deliver. It stumbles at points but has a lot of potential to be one of the premier titles in not only the Image catalog, but in the industry as a whole. With terrific artwork and a well-written story, this series is poised to be a serious contended among the rest of the heavyweights with on-goings. Being a new series, it’ll have its work cut out for it, but if things get a bit more focused and fleshed out in later issues, it could have a major impact.
The Good: Brilliant Artwork | Well-Written Story
The Bad: Plot Can Move Slowly At Points
The Ugly: Too Many Sub-Plots Makes It Seem Too Unfocused At Times
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