There are a number of creators who have the ability to both write and draw, it’s a rare talent but when it pays off it can be storytelling gold. One of the best examples of this is Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT, the art may not be to everyone’s taste and the complexity of the story may scare some people off but if you take the time to get to grips with this series you will find one of the most compelling on today’s market. This review is based on Volume One of Mind MGMT subtitled the Manager.
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First thing that really strikes you about this volume is the quality of the printing, the hardcover starts the feel of the book and the internal pages complete the weighty feel of the book. This is a book that feels a lot better in its physical format; the whole reading experience is made the better for the collection of issues all bundled into one.
As you start to tuck into the book the first thing you see is a Foreword by Damon Lindelof his piece is a nice entry to the series but perhaps the most telling part of his piece is the ending;
So put on your helmets kiddies….You’re about to get mindf#@ked
The start of each chapter is marked by a stylised cover, they act as a breaker between chapters but by themselves they look like great pieces of art. The pictures are an insight into the type of art you will get to see; the soft colours feel lightly painted and don’t really suit the tone of the book however they just seem to work. The reason I say it does not suit is the story is so intense it could have worked with a more real to life art style. Then again what do I know is this series feels pretty perfect as it is.
The story itself is a convoluted tale of discovery based around one women’s search for the truth. That woman is named Meru and she is an author/investigative journalist, her life has been turned around due an infamous flight where all onboard lost their memories. However thanks to a well known secret and her ability to pick up on breadcrumbs she is on the trail of a man named Henry Lyme. Her hunt will have her cross oceans in search of answers to a number of questions the most important is what exactly is Mind MGMT? As the volume goes on we do start getting these answers but not in the way you usually expect. The plot is convoluted and as Meru grows into understanding you feel like you are right there with her.
Mind MGMT is one of the best series on the racks; it’s intriguing and has the draw to keep readers coming back for more. I can’t wait to dive into the second volume and I hope Matt Kindt has the ability to keep the content coming, but for now this series is the top of my pull list and I cannot recommend it any more than that.
Volume Rtaing 4.5/5
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