Monday, 18 May 2015

Wee Comic Book Review: Mind the Gap Volume 1 Intimate Strangers *spoiler free*

Hi lovelies,

Today I have a wee comic book review for you! I have chosen this book because even on "THE BOOKTUBE" I haven't seen many folk talking about it. In fairness, this comic book is on issue #17 so there could have been a buzz a while ago, but there we go, I'm giving it a revival then!

This is my first comic book review and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it...is there anything crucial I'm missing out? Let me know below.

Just FYI, I am not planning to purchase any singles, so all comic book reviews will be based on the trade paperbacks, I'm not quite sure how I'd go about reviewing single issues anyhoo!


Today's choice is the AMAZING Mind the Gap by McCann, Esquejo & Oback
Does the cover reflect the art inside...

The cover of this comic book is stunning, and it is very representative of the artwork inside, which when I started reading comic books again as an adult I was shocked to find out was not a regular occurrence (looking at you She-Hulk...)

The artwork inside is...

Pretty stunning and bright, some of the double page spreads almost look real, I've snapped some of the artwork to show you below...




This magically mysterious comic book is all about...

The comic book is all about Elle, who is viciously attacked and left in a coma. Elle, then appears in the void between life and death, and discovers she has some pretty weird powers. The rest of this book is introducing the key characters at play, and Elle trying to solve her own attempted murder using these powers. I'd say this book is designed for a more mature audience, but not in the same way as say, Sex Criminals. I'd also consider using discretion if you are triggered by violent attacks, though the graphics are mild.

What about that funky panelling...

I found this book really easy to follow (another thing I wasn't expected to have to worry about when returning to comic books - again, looking at you She-Hulk!), however, Mind the Gap tended to stick to the standard panelling format with just a few simple funky variations, which I greatly appreciated and had no problems following! Also I liked how the outline of the panelling changed from black to white occasionally. Simple but effective. Example of funky panelling below...



I personally loved...

Like I hate saying this...but EVERYTHING. the artwork and the story was just peak for me, and as soon as I finished this it shot straight to the top of my favourites. I love the characters, the mystery is just spooky enough with the right amount of twists and turns. I cannot WAIT to read volumes 2 and 3 which I immediately went online and placed an order for.

But I wasn't a big fan of...

For the sake of balance I had a long think about this, and I guess you could say that the plot isn't massively original. However, for me it has enough uniqueness for me to not really care, how many stories ARE completely original these days? and combined with this artwork? come on.

On Goodreads I awarded this...

A 5 out of 5 stars however as previously discussed I despise the Goodreads star rating system! It is nowhere near sensitive enough. However, in this circumstance a 5 out of 5 is REALLY what I mean! I have genuinely bonded with this book! After thinking I'd never buy any comic books in single issues, I'm seriously reconsidering for this one!

Mind the Gap by McCann, Esquejo & Oback is currently £7.50 on amazon

Have you read Mind the Gap? What did you think? Did you know of something similar? Let us all know below!

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