Posted on July 7, 2012 AT 09:27pm
One of the best books of the year has returned, with the second issue of Mind The Gap. Written by Jim McCann, with art by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback, Mind The Gap sets a tone of mystery and suspense regarding the life of Elle Peterssen, a woman who was brutally attacked and left for dead on a subway platform. Now in a coma, Elle is in a land between life and death called “The Garden”, adjusting to her new situation with the help of one of the residents there, Bobby. Adding to her troubles is the fact that she has no idea who she is or what happened, and has to find out through some creative means on how to put the pieces together.
The second issue raises as many questions as the first, in terms of plot. However, the three cliffhangers that ended issue one were answered, giving a bit of insight into the plight of Elle Petersen. Elle goes through a lot more this issue, with Jim McCann adding more intrigue and suspense to a series that is already at an almost Holmes level of mystery. The book itself is a tangled web of mystery and questions, and with every one answered, two more seem to emerge, with new faces and new events unfolding that only further complicate Elle’s situation. Without giving away any spoilers, Elle is in for a long ride, if she ever wishes to emerge from her coma.
Jim McCann is a mastermind of mystery in this book, weaving an intricate and complicated plot, and executing it very well. The intensity, depth of character development and overall sense of mystery is there in every page, and this book, after only two issues, is likely one of his best works to date. The cliffhangers, while exciting, can also be frustrating. With multiple placed at the end of each issue, everything going on can be a little hard to follow at times. While this adds a lot to the intrigue, it makes it a bit more difficult to pick up at some points.
Esquejo and Oback add to the brilliance that is this book thus far, adding in terrific artwork to a great story. The detail and vivid colors of the book add to the intensity very well, giving a more realistic feel not always placed into many other titles. So much work is put into this entire title by the art team, and it really shows. From blurring effects during high action scenes to great facial expressions, the artwork fits exceptionally well with the plot it’s depicting.
SUMMARY: Image Comics has hit a home run with this book, creating an intense mystery and adding colorful artwork along with it. No comic book fan should be without giving this title a shot. It’s well worth taking a look.
- THE GOOD: Terrific Story | Vibrant Artwork
- THE BAD: Multiple Cliffhangers Can Get Confusing
- THE UGLY: N/A
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