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Mind The Gap #4 [Image Comics] Review

Posted on September 5, 2012 AT 07:36pm

The second to last issue of the first arc to Image Comics’ Mind The Gap has arrived, and the conclusion is simple: Writer Jim McCann should start giving out some aspirin, because the complexities of this beautiful mystery are getting more various with each issue, and with every question answered, more emerge.

McCann continues the plight of comatose attack victim Elle Peterssen, as she fights to solve the mystery of her attempted murder and escape the land called “The Garden”, where others with her consciousness complications reside during the time they’re in their vegetative states. With the help of Bobby and Doctor Crenshaw, Elle begins to understand some of her abilities and weaknesses during this dilemma, and during that time, the hunt for her attacker takes some serious and surprising turns. If Elle is waking up during this arc, McCann needs to wrap it up in a very short period, which would be difficult, given the tangled web he’s woven throughout the first four issues. If he’s letting the mystery move into the next arc, then issue five should have some even more unexpected twists.

When it comes to artwork, there are very few titles in all of comics that look better than this book. Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback have done such an amazing job so far with the art in Mind The Gap that even if the plot was terrible (it’s not) then this would still be an above average title. The vibrant colors and lifelike figures make this book a stunning work of art on its own level, and gives the book such a realistic feel that it almost feels like this is a television drama instead of a comic book.

McCann is treading a thin rope, banking on the ability of the readers to think and connect the dots in a medium that is more concerned with spandex and saving the world. While the plots are sometimes a bit overwhelming, considering all the twists and turns that McCann takes the reader on, his risk looks to be paying off as this is a serious powerhouse of a title.

Summary: Intricate and complex, Mind The Gap is a book that not all comic book fans can get behind. But those who are looking for a gorgeous, thought-provoking title that deviates from the norms of the medium, this is a book that readers cannot miss. Easily in the top five best new titles of the year, Mind The Gap #4 keeps up a consistent run of terrific installments in a series that should be taking the comic book world by storm. Even if you get a headache occasionally.

  • THE GOOD: Stunning Artwork, Complex And Exciting Story
  • THE BAD: Complex Plot Can Get Taxing At Points
  • The UGLY: N/A

Score: 9.0

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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