The indie comic book series, Mindframe, entangles readers in a story that captures the antagonism of the horrible and the boring, putting these feelings in constant awareness of each other. In other words, Mindframe is wholly Lynchian in the best possible. Writer/artist David Tucker makes his debut as someone who has mastered nuanced storytelling. Within one issue, he presents three different segments of time, all coherently connecting the premise with the characters. Tucker’s exposition is masterful in that it serves to reveal the true nature of the characters, providing a surreal narrative akin to creators like David Lynch, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, and Nicolas Winding Refn. In terms of comparison with other comic book visionaries, look no further than Grant Morrison in terms of his eclectic panel layouts and visually distinct means of storytelling.
The premise of this series notes the ability for a character to be able to switch the mind of one person into another body. Rather than base this in body-snatching, it’s syndicated as a burgeoning underground business scheme. Beginning en-media res, the storytelling forces the reader constantly question whether the protagonist is truly themselves. This paranoia also pervades the mood of the series; each color change or time-jump constantly keeps the reader engaged as to when the change in perspective will shift yet again.
Aside from his comic book work, Tucker is also known for his reviews and costume changes on the YouTube channel, Imperius Rex. Having watched his reviews on the channel, Tucker’s appreciation for the comic book medium is evident; however, it is in his own series that we see the control and clarity he brings to the comics medium as a whole. With Mindframe, he serves a a jack-of-all-trades, taking on the work of writer, artist, colorist, and letterer. With all of these roles, Tucker adds a flair of appreciation and innovation that is hard to find from other creators.
His color scheme is brilliantly two-toned which acts to visually cue the readers into this dream realm, capturing a mood that is noirish in feel with its blends of chiaroscuro through the color grading that balances between a line of cartoons and realism. This effort of the two-tone style is brilliantly emblematic of the premise of a mind switch, capturing a dialectical mind that illustrates to the reader the psychological doldrums that ensue with the premise.
Genuinely, I’m thankful to have passionate creators like Tucker breathe new life into the comic book form. This is a must-have for those wanting a new mind frame.
To watch Ticker give great insight and discussion of a variety of comic books, check out the YouTube channel, Imperius Rex.
Creative Team: David Tucker (Writer/Illustrator)
Publisher: Heretic Comics (Self-Published)
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