Posted on May 29, 2013 AT 02:21pm
The reveal of Hoodie has arrived in this installment of Mind The Gap, an event that has been ten issues in the making. While this review is going to mainly focus on this very important issue, it’s difficult to talk about a reveal that’s been talked about since the beginning without talking about the previous issues, so the series as a whole will be mentioned as well. Bigger plans are revealed here, with the members of the five major players in this conspiracy making some major moves, though nothing is revealed about that quite yet. This issue focuses mainly on plot progression with the reveal of Hoodie and the much deeper plot behind the actions of not only Hoodie, but Min and the rest of the major players.
Jim McCann has really written a complex story here, with twists and turns presented throughout the narrative. The small details of this series as they are presented are some of the most satisfying elements of this story. Little visual clues presented in the first issues of the series show to be much larger clues later on, when those plot points are resolved. The creation of the Hoodie character is one of the crowning achievements of this narrative, coming as either a reaffirmation of the truth or a complete surprise, depending on the keen eye of the reader. The only qualm that really comes through in the writing of this issue is one that comes from the whole narrative itself. With the complexity of this series, sometimes things can become a bit overwhelming. Overall, however, this is a major issues that is as gratifying as it is complex, paying off in a big way.
The reveal of Hoodie in this issue is something of a surprise, and with the explanation of it by Hoodie, it can be a bit confusing at first. It personally took a re-read of the issue twice, and the entire series as a whole once to completely understand the implications. This could be a bit much for readers, but anyone invested in the narrative should be able to handle this task just fine, and should feel incredibly rewarded by its reveal.
The artwork by Rodin Esquejo is as breathtaking as always. He has done a terrific job with this book thus far, and the colors by Arif Prianto don’t miss a beat. This is a gorgeous book, mixing aesthetic beauty with a complex narrative. There are really no qualms whatsoever as far as the artwork goes, with Esquejo and Prianto delivering on such an important issue in a big way.
Summary: This issue is huge. With the big reveal, the details of another major plot point being presented. While there needs to be quite a bit of time spent on this series to really understand what happened, it is worth the investment as this is one of the most complex and interesting stories that is in the world of comics. This issue made a big promise, and it delivered in a major way, keeping up on the high quality of work that this series has maintained throughout its ten issues.
Pros: Complex, engrossing writing. Stellar Artwork and colors.
Cons: Complexities can make the series hard to follow at times.
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