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Mind The Gap #11 [Image Comics] Review

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Posted on June 19, 2013 AT 08:18pm

After the explosive reveal of Hoodie in issue #10, Mind The Gap is set to explore a whole new level of mystery to the saga of Elle Peterssen with the start of the brand new arc, “Out Of Bodies”. While the stakes have raised substantially with the events in issue #10, things are getting even more intense as new problems arise, making it quite difficult for Team Hoodie, Elle, and everyone else involved.

Things are getting pretty crazy in the world of Mind The Gap, and not just in the mind of Ellis Peterssen. With the race to kill (or save) Elle in full swing, more problems are rising every second, especially in the mind of Elle herself. While this arc will likely fall more in the realm of the Garden than anywhere else, which is a definite change from the previous arcs. This entire arc is looking to be the beginnings of another major plot explosion in this already intense narrative, which actually seems to be in detriment for the first time in the series.

That being said, this is a very difficult issue to get a grip on, because it feels (through no fault of any member of the creative team) like two separate and contrasting things at the same time: it feels like an added layer to an already stacked narrative, and also feels like it’s the first chapter of a completely new story that picked up right in the middle of the action. It’s hard to put a finger on, but this issue introduces a lot of brand new plot elements, which seemingly are put into place to add depth to a story that wrapped up so much in the last issue. This is not the fault of the team working on this series, it’s just an odd, inescapable feeling that the series is almost starting from scratch with this new arc, which is both exciting and a bit worrisome all at once. It may be because of the added plot elements or because of the bombshell of issue #10, but something feels off in this issue, though not exactly in a bad way.

Jim McCann has a very difficult job ahead, but with the way the series has gone so far (this issue included), he is the right man for the job. During conversations with McCann, this new arc was mentioned as a new build-up to a bombshell even bigger than the events of issue #10, which is quite a statement. This is quite a task, however, and with a new bombshell building, there is a lot to do, which includes much of the major plot elements brought in this issue. McCann is going all out with this series now, revealing a huge bombshell before making an even bigger one the moment the dust settles. While this issue feels a bit complex, it will all likely pay off.

The impact of the fill-in art team is definitely felt, as well. Rodin Esquejo and Arif Prianto are not featured in this issue, instead handing the reins to Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne. Not, while the colorists have come and gone on this book, this is one of the first issues (aside from issue #9 which heavily featured Dan McDaid) to not have a lot of Rodin Esquejo in it, which comes through very blatantly, and not in a bad way. Basir and Kholinne do a terrific job of taking these very distinct characters and making them their own, adding some interesting depth to a series that had it in spades already.

Summary: This is a difficult issue to get a hold of, but that being said, it’s a very good one. There is a feeling of the issue being a bit too compact as a lot of plot is put into nearly two dozen pages, but with a new bombshell on the way, this is going to come in handy a few issues from now. The fill-in art team does a great job of making things work in their own way, and while this issue gets a bit complex and can;t live up to the shadow of the huge events of the last issue, it’s as good as you can get when it comes to the issue after one of the best issues yet.

Pros: Terrific Artwork, Stellar Writing.

Cons: It exists after issue #10, a bit heavy in new plot elements.

Grade: B+

 

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.


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