Wow. This one got its hooks in me deep. For those of you who haven’t picked up Mind MGMT, this is a great place to start. I can say this with complete confidence, as someone who has not read Mind MGMT before. I suppose I could begin where the issue does, with a wonderful page that gives you all the backstory you would need to pick up the story. This is something that every comic should do, every time.
The story follows a young woman named Meru, as she tracks down the sender of a mysterious letter. This leads her deep into a vast conspiracy and tremendous danger. Adding to the mystery are the questions that Meru has about her own memories, which are less than complete.
The story is beautifully paced, with a sense of momentum that manages to encourage you to slow down and think about the details. This is one of those comic books that feels longer than 22 pages, without feeling rushed. None of the pages feels crammed, and the story doesn’t feel like it skips anything, but there is so much character development and action (the plot kind, not the punches and guns kind) that each of the three acts feels complete and fleshed out. I kept being surprised that it wasn’t over.
I cannot stress the quality of the art enough. Kindt’s style is exactly the right fit for this story. There is a rough, almost sketched feeling to the art that supports the sense of unreality that the story builds. The watercolors complete the messy feel. I keep trying to think of something to compare it with, but all I can think of is Kate Beaton mixed with John Romita Jr. The point is that the art is perfect for this comic book.
Because it’s still January, it wouldn’t mean much for me to say that this is my favorite single issue this year. Instead, I will say that this is one of my favorite single issues ever. Really. I went back and checked. There is a question every review comes down to: is it worth your time. This question is easy to answer. Yes. If you like comics at all, this comic book is worth reading. Now, I need to go back and pick up the first six issues.
Six Mysterious Former Psychic Agents out of Five.