Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT is still my favorite comic out there. The story is so multi-layered and fantastical that every issue earns your complete attention. I have found myself devoting more energy to unraveling every detail of this comic than anything else I’m reading. This is as much to see these deeply flawed and fascinating characters as to witness the revelations that show up on nearly every page of this incredible comic. Every issue that I have read is like the best episodes of Lost, without the negative baggage that the show piled up toward the end.
The story in this issue reveals the answer to a few mysteries while opening up a few more. It does this without losing track of the fact that the characters are the reason we care about the plot. So, there are nice, little bits that reveal a lot about the characters and their motivations peppered throughout. We are even starting to see a Whedonesque family dynamic being established as well, much to the delight of this nerd. There are some spectacular character moments in this issue, especially the two little backstory elements that bookend this issue. There is also some great action that could stand on its own even if it wasn’t playing into the larger mythology. Seriously, this is a great comic.
And, the art. Holy good Crom, the art in this issue is beautiful. Kindt’s watercolors and loose inks work perfectly for this story. Every page is gorgeous, with the art reinforcing the fact that nothing in this world is quite what it seems. Rather than exhaustively breaking down the brilliant touches on every page, I will just say that the art supports and elevates the already masterful story. I realize that I am gushing, but I can’t help it.
In case you haven’t figured it out, this is a comic that is well-worth your time. Mind MGMT is one of the best written and best illustrated comics that I have read, and it also has one of the best premises around. For crying out loud, the little extra story that runs along the sides of the pages is more compelling than most comics. You should definitely pick this one up. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and read it for the fourth time.
Five Psychic Egyptian Pop Stars out of Five