Review: Mind The Gap and Watch out for the Crazy

Jim McCann (writer) / RodinEsquejo (artist) / Adrian Alphona (artist)

Image Comics TPB $9.99

51khXhsVF9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_When I first saw Mind the Gap, I picked it up because I thought to myself, Oh my gosh, it’s the same cover art as Morning Glories! Then when I looked inside and found out that it was all like that, I knew that I had to read it.

I’m a big fan of Image comics. With Image you get stories and art that takes you by surprise, because not only is it good, it stands out apart from everything else. Mind the Gap is no exception. It has amazing story telling that gets you hooked by the first page (I’m serious, the first page) and amazing art that honestly, if the story was lacking you’d keep getting it just to look at the art.

Mind the Gap is about a comatose girl. She is not your typical unresponding patient. She exists in a different “part” of the world with other coma patients, including Black Robert Plangman who is sort of acting like her “spirit guide.” He tries to help her figure out what happened to her while also trying to help her figure out why she’s so special and different from everyone else in coma-land, and why she can do the things she can do. It’s about deceit and some conspiracy that involves her messed up parents as well.

I’m a big fan of mystery and the magical so this is right up my alley. If you like that type of thing as well and like to keep guessing then definitely get your hands on this one. That said, here is the downfall; no characters are really fleshed out in this first volume, so I don’t particularly care about them. I don’t know anyone’s name except Elle (main character), without looking it up. I just care about what’s next. Being that this is the type of suspense that it is (cramming so much into so few pages) I feel it’s the only way the author could do it. When I’ve experienced this is other suspense stories it’s always like that, so you’re hooked at the beginning. The good ones develop their characters when the intricacies of the stories come out. I’m betting that will happen with this one.

Verdict: 8/10