Posted on January 9, 2013 AT 07:50pm
In a series where nothing is as it seems, Image Comics Mind The Gap has at least one thing locked down and defined: Being a terrific book. From the inception of the series, this complex mystery has been nothing short of stunning in nearly every facet, and weaves a tangled web of suspect and a bit of the supernatural. With the second part of what is basically the second act of the series, “Wish You Were Here”, things are beginning to get weird…well, weirder. In a great way.
For those who have read up to this point (shame on you if you haven’t), Elle is having some body issues, and not in the usual fashion. Stuck in the body of a ten-year-old coma victim due to her surprising ability to occupy the bodies of others during her own coma, Elle has shed some light about her own attack as well as what happened to Katie Lawrence, the ten-year-old in question. Now that Elle has a bit more control and stability in this fashion (or so she thinks), major plot points are being set into motion, and the identity of the person(s) who engineered and executed her attack are beginning to show themselves.
Jim McCann has been pulling this series off masterfully so far. With an experience in writing for soap operas, McCann has created a tangled web of betrayal, lies and collusion that would make any daytime soap jealous. Not only that, he’s managed to make it accessible to comic book fans and created an intricate cast of characters who at any point in the issue could be a readers favorite, or their most hated (and sometimes in the same issue). In short: McCann has proven how skilled he is as a writer, and this series could be the hallmark for his career for years to come. Seven issues in and this series is already a classic, and it’s not even close to being done, judging by the way the plot is progressing.
That is probably the only drawback to this series is the progression. While it keeps the reader wanting more every time, there are always dozens more questions than answers, and that can get to be a bit tedious. As far as a plot device goes it works well, but can get a bit draining at time. Other than that however, there is nothing that can bring this series down.
The art team of series artist Rodin Esquejo and colorists Arif Prianto and Beny Maulana can do no wrong. Esquejo has been on this series since the first page, and the series is all the better for it. The color work may not be quite as prolific as the work of Sonia Oback (who did several earlier issues), but the series has not suffered at all due to the change of colorists, and the artwork continues to be some of the best in the medium.
Summary: Mind The Gap is an amazing series, and it’s barely getting started. While its only in its seventh issue, the series is in full swing and only getting better. Anyone not reading this series needs to start immediately, with Mind The Gap #7 increasing the tension and uncertainty that has occupied the entire series thus far. An exciting ride, this series is looking just as good or better every issue.
The Good: Exciting Story, Excellent Artwork
The Bad: Occasional Plot Progression Issues
The Ugly: N/A
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