Posted on October 3, 2012 AT 06:26pm
It’s official. Jim McCann and the team over at the Image Comics series Mind The Gap have made one of, if not the, best new series of the year, sealing this accolade with the release of the fifth issue of the series, one which wraps up the first story arc for the book. The thrilling, complex web of mystery that McCann has woven has been fill of twists, turns and betrayal as friends and family of attack victim Elle Peterssen attempt to find out who could attack the young woman, while at the same time, Elle, who is trapped in an in-between state called “The Garden”, is trying to do the exact same thing from her near helpless state.
While the first four issues were major set-ups that sometimes added more to the plot than it took away, making it heavy and convoluted at some points, the fifth issue is much more about explanation and a major plot reveal. The first arc has all been leading to a huge development in the story, and it did not disappoint, leaving a single jarring image stuck in the readers mind as they finish the issue. After the developments of the first four issues, Elle and her family are all coming to a crossroads, especially when it comes to who is to blame for the attack on Elle herself. Fingers are being pointed, and the list is getting narrowed down.
McCann has set-up the story in a masterful way, carefully crafting an intricate web of ideas, some of which seem only as misdirection, and while the story may sag at points, the reward is well worth every moment. There is very little to say without revealing spoilers, but those who know the series will be blown away, and those who don’t should go out and start getting to know it immediately. McCann proves why he is great at his craft with this book, with this issue being the absolute pinnacle.
The fifth issue really begins to break the mystery down in a way that reveals much, but also leaves many stones unturned. With the identity of one of the main antagonists yet to be revealed and the identity of another finally figured out, this issue changes the entire facet of the book, finally making sense of the subtle clues being dropped throughout the first few issues.
Rodin Esquejo got a bit of a break, as this was a flashback heavy issue, with some art being featured that is much different from Esquejo’s work, this time done by Adrian Alphona. The major difference between the two artists is apparent immediately, giving the book two distinct feelings, each for the time frame at hand. Either way, the artwork is still as breathtaking as it’s ever been, with one of the most realistic and vibrant art styles seen in comics today. Sonia Oback and Beny Maulana also provide excellent colors, making the entire series a stunning combination of talent.
SUMMARY: This first story arc of the best series this year has arrived, and solidified its standing on the top of the current comics market with an intricate story, gorgeous artwork, and more plot twists than the mind can truly handle, put together into a blend of dramatic gold. Without gushing too hard, this series is one that cannot be missed out on, especially after the dramatic conclusion in Mind The Gap #5. As a standalone issue, this is the best one released so far, with added emphasis for those following it.
- THE GOOD: Everything. This Issue Is Nearly Flawless.
- THE BAD: Continues To Add More Plot Pieces While Not Answering All Others.
- THE UGLY: This series isn’t weekly.
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