Mind the Gap #1


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Mind the Gap #1


  • Words: Jim McCann
  • Art: Rodin Esquejo
  • Colors: Sonia Oback
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: May 2, 2012

Almost every character could be Mind the Gap’s villain.

Jim McCann’s Mind the Gap landed itself in this week’s “Must Have Comics” list, and after its first issue alone the label was proved to be well deserved.  Ellis “Elle” Peterssen’s out-of-body mystery packs so much mistrust and excitement into its 50+ pages that McCann leaves almost no character safe from the reader’s scrutiny.  Elle’s violent attack is only the first step taken in McCann’s thriller, which will surely explode in complexity over the course of the series.

Mind the Gap immediately throws readers into the confused world of Elle’s mind, where she stands on unstable ground without her memory to guide her.  Elle, suffering from amnesia and trapped within a strange ethereal world at the outset of Gap, is quickly befriended by another out-of-body companion who reveals that her current surroundings, called “The Garden,” is her mind’s attempt to make sense of her physical and mental coma.  This apparition, Blake Plangman, helps to coerce Elle into realizing her identity and how she ended up in her bizarre predicament; a clever way for McCann to offer some exposition to the reader without spoon-feeding it in a typical or boring fashion.

Most of McCann’s time, however, is spent introducing the wide cast of characters that surround Elle, and short of her mother and closest friend, almost every character will surely leave a suspicious and bitter taste in every reader’s mouth.  McCann does a commendable job of sowing the seeds of distrust amongst the cast, with many of Elle’s family and friends proving to be at least less than likeable, and at worst, guilty of attacking and hospitalizing Elle.  The mystery is only heightened by this fact, making McCann’s ultimate reveal of Elle’s betrayal all the more powerful once it hits. 

Along with McCann’s solid character work that made Mind the Gap such a draw was the combined art team of Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback.  Esquejo and Oback delivered a gorgeous book, one where the characters look as distrustful as they read.  When shadowy figures discuss the attack on Elle, for example, their faces are covered just enough to tease their identity, without truly giving it away.  Considering the fact that Mind the Gap tops out at a total of 52 gorgeously drawn pages, Esquejo and Oback are much deserved of their praise.

Mind the Gap #1 proved to be worthy of being called a “Must Have Comic” this week.  Jim McCann’s story of mistrust, betrayal, and ultimate survival is quite great, and along with the solid art from Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback, Elle’s thrilling mystery is off to a powerful start.

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