Jim McCann screwed with our minds in Mind the Gap #1. He set up plenty of compelling story points, interesting characters, and hooked almost every read that read it. While #2 isn’t as compelling as the #1, it’s still a great comic that is immensely entertaining.
Mind the Gap #2 is all about the “Seven Little Indians” (this is what Jim McCann calls them) and how they react to what happened to Elle. We don’t get anything conclusive, as if we were going too. Most of the issue just brings up more questions that will no doubt be answered a long the way. The Garden is still an ambiguous place, but by the end of the issue, it looks like it’s going to be a great plot device. Since this book is somewhat of a mystery, there are plenty of hints as to which character could be the culprit. The way McCann is throwing around hints and clues is going to turn some people off to the series, as some readers don’t like knowing what is going on. While completely understandable, a series like this needs to leave it’s readers in the dark for a while.
Mind the Gap is going to elicit a lot of comparisons to LOST. There are a bunch of characters, and the reader is learning about what is going on just as much as the characters themselves. But McCann doesn’t bring up questions for the sake of bringing up questions. Many of the things that McCann covers in this issue are logical things, and every turn feels like it COULD be the truth. A series like this has some legs, so it’s easy to write off what characters say, since we aren’t going to hear the truth this soon into the series. But we could, as McCann has said that we have seen the culprit in the book already. This book is also the only book that I HAVE to reread each month. McCann’s little addition at the end about what people should keep an eye on is the only thing that is keeping me from buying a notepad and starting to write down hints.
But this book already seems like it will fall into the pitfalls that have been cropping up in Morning Glories. It’s nearly impossible to read that book anymore without consulting an older issue about some small detail that was quickly mentioned than gone again. I had #1 right by my side while I read #2, and had to check up on a couple of things during the read. Nothing that made the book unreadable, it just helped me understand 100% of what was going on.
Rodin Esquejoe’s pencils look great. He experiments with angles in the panels, which create a unique look. But this brings up the one problem in his pencils: characters appear at angles that don’t correspond to the angle in the panel. It’s nothing extreme, where we see characters technically floating in air, but their heads can be a little off. Not a big deal, and one that does not break the book. The rest of this book is great. Characters are expressive, and it’s clear that no character is innocent by their facial expressions alone. Each characters is unique in look, and this is key when it comes to this type of book. The reader needs to be able to point out characters right away, even when the panel is zoomed out. Confusing who is who in the book is going to ruin the experience fast.
Mind the Gap #2 is another strong entry into the series. With this book added to their publishing list, Image continues to have one of the best selections of comics.
Mind the Gap #2 gets 4.5/5.
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