MIND THE GAP #1
Written by Jim McCann
Art by Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback
Release Date: May 2, 2012
Mind The Gap is the latest in a line of titles that is really spearheading the movement of quality creator owned titles. This title is one of the more dramatic titles of the Image Comics line-up, featuring a solid mystery and elements of fantasy that do not work anywhere but the world of comics. McCann puts a lot of story in this #1, setting up many different angles for this series to draw on. There is good bang for your buck as this is no 2-minute-flip-through-and-toss book: there is some serious meat on the bone here. Mind The Gap is a unique book dealing with relationships between friends and family as much as the sinister plot that could or could not be linking all these people together. As with any well crafted mystery, readers are only given hints at the larger plan that is coming together and just what has actually happened to the main character, Ellis. McCann is juggling a lot of different plot lines in this issue, some supernatural even, but does a good job of making each one feel like it is going somewhere. Each sub-plot feels like it is part of the greater whole and each one feels like an important part in the web of mystery.
The art by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback is solid. They are dealing in some tough realms here, visually: a hospital, which they use interesting angles and panel layouts to keep intriguing, and a ‘dream scape’ for lack of a better term that is a shadowy trip down the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland. The duo handles both situations equally well and matches McCann’s tone for the book very well. I look forward to what this duo can do with this book as I think it is one of the best pencilled creator-owned titles I have seen in a very long time.
In the end, Mind The Gap will most likely be judged by the rest of the series moreso than this number one. That said, McCann, Esquejo and Oback have definitely created a solid foundation for this series with this first issue.