“Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers” by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback

“Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers” by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia ObackMind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback
Series: Mind the Gap #1
Published: October 17th 2012 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Mind the Gap is a graphic novel about a girl named Elle who is in a coma. While she is unconscious, she exists in kind of an in-between spirit form, where she is able to observe the world around her. She doesn’t remember much of her life, and now has to piece together who was (or still is) trying to kill her.

My thoughts:

  • I loved the psychedelic artwork and the concept of the book.
  • There were a lot of random song references scattered throughout the story.
  • The story itself was straightforward and not very deep.
  • The pacing seemed off–crazy things finally started happening at the very end. And I get that trade paperbacks are just collections of x number of issues, but still, I wish that it didn’t end right where it did.
  • In general, the concept was more promising than the execution, with the exception of the Red Riding Hood scene, which really embraced the trippiness that the book should have had throughout.
  • I liked Elle’s best friend more than Elle herself.

I had mixed feelings about Mind the Gap, and at the end of the day, I think I felt like it didn’t quite live up to its full potential. I might not continue the series, but as a comic to read while camping, it was a fine way to pass the time.

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