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Mind The Gap #14 [Image Comics] Review

Posted on September 18, 2013 AT 06:57pm

Part two of “R.I.Peterssen” has come in the world of Mind The Gap, and in what is the middle of the three issue arc, everything is on the verge of a major change. With the Jairus serum nearly ready and Team Jairus looking to finish Elle off and complete their work once and for all, the Hoodies, Dane, Jo and the crew in The Garden are working to find a way to save Elle before this experiment comes to a close. With lots of twists and turns in this very intricate plot, the team working on this book are looking for a major payoff in the next issue. First, however, they have to finish the big set-up, which they do in a major way with this issue.

The book once again jumps back and forth from the past and the present, watching young Erik Von Peters emigrate to America to begin research on what would become Jairus. Now Erik Peterssen, his long wait to complete his work is coming to its final hours, and with the help of his son, his daughter in law and at the crux, his granddaughter Elle, it’s looking as though it will be finally coming true. That is, unless Dr. Gellar, Frankie, Eddie, Miles, Jo and Dane stop them first. The race is on to save or kill Elle, with only Elle herself standing in the way of both set of plans.

This is an incredibly complex story with a ton of moving parts, and despite it being hard to follow at points, those paying attention really see the massive amount of work and time put into building this incredible mystery. There are fact and plans flying around all over the place, and the second half of the book’s tagline “No one is innocent” is proving to be more correct each and every moment. Elle’s journey has been one of major trials, but this special ability of hers is making itself known in a big way, none of which as important as he final pages of this issue, which are setting the stage for the mot important issue of this series, and one that could vastly change the landscape of this series.

Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Dan McDaid, Arif Prianto and Lee Loughridge have brought the biggest moments out of this book throughout their work in the series, and with such a major cliffhanger in this issue, the work has shown to be nothing but stellar with each installment. McCann is showing the comics world how to truly write a mystery series, Esquejo and Prianto are bringing the fictional world of this series into a near-lifelike reality, and the past sequences by McDaid and Loughridge are much simpler, but not less engaging. This group of storytellers have turned the comics world into their own personal playground, and are creating a masterpiece out of nothingness.

Summary: This book is one of the most interesting and engaging titles on the market right now. Though it’s hard to follow the several plot-lines brought forth by the creative team at times, but when they’re brought through to the end, it’s brilliant, smart and intricate. The art is gorgeous for both the past and the present, and this book is something unlike anything else going on right now. With the biggest issue of the series coming, the intensity is higher than it’s ever  been and looks only to get crazier in the final parts of this arc.

Pros: Gorgeous artwork, engaging  plot.

Cons: Complex plot can be hard to follow.

Grade: A

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for 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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