This may sound a little disingenuous but I don’t read a lot of comic news. Don’t get me wrong, I’m at Bleeding Cool all the time and DCWomenKickingAss and The Nerdy Bird keep me pretty well informed, as well as getting bombarded on twitter constantly. But luckily maybe because of the glut of information out there I occasionally miss a story.
Take Mind Mgmt for example. I knew it was coming out. I was sent a preview copy from Dark Horse along with the nine thousand other books they put out every month, but I never got the chance to read it. I’m glad I didn’t. The digital version wouldn’t have done it justice.
It’s printed on paper. Not glossy magazine crap. Paper. Like you remember it, hell this book smells like a comic book. I hadn’t realized how much I missed that smell. As well as the paper being different the colors are on the muted side, think classic comics. This book has nostalgia written all over it.
The story however? No nostalgic super-hero tropes there. This is a sci-fi spy story that plays out like a film. We follow a down on her luck reporter Meru, investigating some very strange cases of amnesia. The things she will uncover will challenge maybe even shatter her view of the world.
This is Matt Kindt’s (The Secret History of The Giant Man, Revolver) first monthly comic and he’s pulling out all the stops. The story is intriguing and the art is awesome. But I think what really landed me were the layouts. Most pages were simple 3 by 3 panels pages some were border-less panels that bumped up against one another. In the margin of each page is an entry from a Mind Mgmt Field Guide. Without giving away the whole plot Matt is giving us a glimpse into where the book is going. I can’t wait to watch this story unfold.
In other Matt Kindt news, he’ll be writing DC’s Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. starting with issue #10, which hits the stands June 13. Brilliant writer/artist who has never handled a monthly before is now doing two? I wish him all the luck in the world and seeing as I’ve been on board with Frankenstein since the DC reboot I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out….
Bottom line? Buy Mind Mgmt #1. It’s a great book, probably one of this year’s best.