Posted on August 3, 2012 AT 08:13pm
Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback are back with the third issue of their hit series, Mind The Gap. Focusing on Ellis Peterssen, a young woman who’s having a rough time of things after being attacked in a subway platform and left for dead, recovering (albeit in a coma) in the hospital, and being in an odd between-worlds kind of place called “The Garden”. McCann’s pop-culture reference laden mystery moves in several different directions at once, pointing potential blame to nearly everyone in the book not named Elle, with hints that there may even be more that have yet to come into play.
Now firmly rooted in her coma, Elle’s ethereal self is having some trouble adjusting to the things she can do, and the fact that aside from who starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, that she can’t remember much. This gets complicated when Doctor Harold Crenshaw makes an appearance in The Garden. He knows her, she barely knows anything, and honestly, she’s not too happy about it. Her knowledge of classic movies does prove to be useful later on, though, as she discovers new aspects to her abilities in her astral form.
McCann crafts an engrossing, confusing, and expansive mystery that even after three issues, the resolution of several cliffhangers and the introduction of many more, still is barely beginning to take shape. Introducing aspects of Elle’s life slowly brings a sense of closeness to the protagonist, as she learns more and more about herself at the same time as the reader learns. While things are still pretty muddy in terms of details, things are surely interesting, and Elle, despite being no closer to knowing who tried to kill her, is finally beginning to show some depth to her character, as are the other members of her family and loved ones.
What makes this book really special, however, is the artwork. Esquejo and Oback make a brilliant team, crafting gorgeous artwork that borders on photo-realism, while still maintaining the bright colors and detail synonymous with comics. Esquejo shows masterful command of facial expression and posing, giving true to life, almost television-like storytelling a visual form. Coupled with the writing of McCann, this forms a brilliant cohesion that not only looks beautiful, but unfolds at a solid, albeit slightly slow, pace.
While the lack of detail, even three issues in, is a bit frustrating, there is no denying that Mind The Gap is one of the best original series to come out this year. Terrific artwork coupled with intricate storytelling, this mystery looks as though it’ll take awhile to unfold, and as long as the details get revealed at a decent pace, that doesn’t look like it’ll be a bad move. Good things come to those who wait, and those who keep reading.
The Good: Gorgeous Artwork, Good writing.
The Bad: Slow, Intricate Pack And Lack Of Details Get A Bit Frustrating
The Ugly: N/A
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