Posted on March 16, 2013 AT 08:26pm
The third issue in Mind The Gap’s “Wish You Were Here” arc has arrived after what seems like an age, and this mystery story is just beginning to unravel, tangling itself into a web of intrigue. In a book where basically everyone could be guilty, the plight of Elle Peterssen seems to not be ending any time soon. While she’s been a bit more active (mentally, at least) while exploring her uncanny ability to move her spirit into the body of the comatose patients whose spirits have moved on, there is no shortage of problematic events in her life.
Elle’s been spending a lot of time with Katie Lawrence, the young girl who had become comatose after falling down a flight of stairs. In previous issues the mystery behind Katie’s accident had been re-opened, and this comes to a head in a major way after the end of this issue, as does Elle’s relationship with Katie and the strange happenings between both of them and the whole “mysterious bleeding from the face” thing that happened at the end of the seventh issue. This issue looks to also eliminate a suspect or two from the list of possible attackers, though brings a few more under further suspicion.
Jim McCann is simply phenomenal, once again. This is one of the most interesting books in comics at the moment, and while the mystery of the attack is leaving some lasting effects (at some point, you do want to find out who the hell did it), there is never a dull moment in this book. From person to person, story to story and event to event, each page is a benchmark of its own. With a mystery such as this, each page is scoured, looking for the slightest hint of a clue that McCann may have written in to alert the reader of a certain path. While his writing is stellar, hopefully soon he’ll deliver the big payoff and at least send us all on the right track to Elle’s attacker.
Rodin Esquejo, Benny Maulana and Arif Prianto do a breathtaking job, as always, with the artwork. Esquejo’s artwork is stellar, relaistic and vibrant, and the color work by Maulana and Prianto is just as well done as the work of original colorist Sonia Oback. The colors are bright, detailed and full of life, bringing forth another layer of brilliance to a book that shines brighter than most others. The human figures alone that are drawn by Esquejo are a draw visually, and everything else he seems to touch in this book turns into brilliantly detailed gold.
Summary: Buy this book. Every issue, every month. This is an excellent mystery tale full of suspense and incredibly detailed characters that personify realism in a fictional medium. The writing is stellar, the colors and art are beyond compare, and while the story is beginning to drag a it, there are new wrinkles being inserted every month to make sure it doesn’t become to stretched out. This series as a whole is near flawless, and this issue is no exception.
Pros: Everything. Seriously, this book is incredible.
Cons: Mystery of Elle’s attack is beginning to get a bit worn.
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