Writer: Jim McCann
Artist: Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback
Publisher: Image Comics
(Victor Valley)–Who doesn’t love a good whodunit? A mystery inside a mystery, where anyone and everyone is a suspect, and the devil really is in the details. Mind the Gap is essentially that: a whodunit for today’s comic book crowd. Can this type of a book grab the reader’s attention like an old crime thriller film? Or is the comic book medium the wrong choice for Mind the Gap?
Story: What can be more creative than the human mind? Endless possibilities, endless creativity, but what if that was all you had? In Mind the Gap, we find Elle in that very situation. She is attacked on a subway platform, and now lies in a coma, stuck within the confines of her own mind. The world she encounters, as well as seeing the way her family and friends react to her motionless, bed-ridden body is enough to take anyone back.
Who did it, you might ask? Well, that’s the beauty of it, as mostly everyone can be seen as a suspect. From her less than sympathetic family to her caring friends and even the hospital staff, who is to gain by attacking this young lady? Eisner Award Winner Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men) pens this beginning to what seems to be an epic tale of intrigue and suspense. The book is massive for a single issue, yet after reading it, you will be wishing it were longer as you long for more.
Art: The team of Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback provide the artwork for this new, ongoing series, and they shine while doing so. Without giving anything away, I will just say that the world comes alive through the artwork, both the real world and the one inside Elle’s mind. The vibrant, clean panels provide the perfect backdrop for McCann’s detailed vision.
Overall: When it was announced that Jim McCann would be writing this series for Image, I had high hopes. The man’s last book, Return of the Dapper Men, won the most prestigious award in the comic book industry. After reading this from cover to cover, I can say I was not disappointed. The book brought more than I could have hoped for, leaving me hooked for the next issue to hit the stands. Highly Recommended, I give Mind the Gap #1 a perfect ***** out of 5.