I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got eight new comics:

  • Harvest – 4
  • Storm Dogs – 1
  • Colder – 1
  • Shadowman – 1
  • The Manhattan Projects – 7
  • Epic Kill – 6
  • Creator-Owned Heroes – 6
  • 47 Ronin – 1
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    ”Mind the Gap” Issues 1-5 by Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo

    My quest to find new comics to read continues with yet another new creator-owned series from Image Comics. I’ve been reading quite a few new things in the past six months and I added this one to my pull list with issue one sight unseen because it sounded interesting. And I liked the name “Mind the Gap”. That’s the phrase that’s posted at some NYC subway stops where there is sometimes a gap between the platform we riders are standing on and the train floor we’re stepping into. Mind the gap or you might trip.

    The comic book “Mind the Gap” isn’t so easy to describe. I guess it’s a “Who Done It?” but there have been so few of those in the world of comics that I have a tough time describing it as such. The story starts out as a young woman, Ellie, is taken to the hospital. She’s had an accident on the subway platform and is in a coma. We are immediately lead to believe that it was more than a simple accident. Her family and friends gather around her as we are introduced to a mysterious conspiracy that was behind her “Accident”. Everyone is a suspect.

    The second main aspect to the story is that we get to see and hear from the woman in the coma. She is trapped in some sort of limbo dimension along with others who are also in the hospital in states of unconsciousness. She doesn’t remember who attacked her but slowly she learns that she is unique among the people trapped in limbo in that she can communicate briefly with the living. So we end up with two casts of characters. Those who are involved with the living main character and those who are involved with her in coma-land. It’s a big cast but they give recaps at the beginning of issues.

    I like this book. There are few comics like it and it is well written. The art is also nice too. It’s very illustrative and well colored. It’s mostly people standing around and talking but it’s not dull. The rich environments created by the artist do a good job of making an interesting reality. It’s staged sort of like a TV police procedural. Expect it to read more like an episode of “Law and Order” than an issue of “Superman”.

    Since I’ve been buying fewer collections and more single issues this is another comic that I’m reviewing before the story is even over. That’s okay with me because that’s how I grew up reading comics. A story doesn’t have to end before I like or don’t like it. I like this one. Give it a read.