Written by Jim McCann
Art and Covers by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback
Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Released: June 27, 2012Image Comics
Last issue's THREE cliffhangers are answered here, leading to even more questions surrounding the attack on Elle Peterssen. A new person is introduced, but are they friend or foe? And Elle quickly finds that the situation she is in has rapidly gone from a 10 to 10,000!
The anxiously awaited ongoing mystery deepens as the web of suspects and lies spreads.
Where we left off:
"Elle Peterssen, a young woman from an affluent New York family, was attacked and left for dead on the 50th St. subway platform. Inches from death Elle slipped into a coma. As word spread among her family, friends, and doctors, it became clear that this was no ordinary mugging- Elle was targeted. By whom and why began to sow seeds of distrust among everyone in her life, causing fights and warning those responsible to start covering their tracks. Only Elle holds the key to solving the mystery. However, Elle is trapped in a place called The Garden, a sort of space between life and death. And she's not alone..."
"The Garden is filled with the minds and spirits of others hovering near death or in a coma, waiting to pass on or awaken from their sleep. Among them is the charmer Bobby Plangman, a young sophisticated man who helps guide Elle through this new "world". Ella has much larger problems, not only has she been left an amnesiac, learning about herself from what she hears others say, she quickly experiences a very strange experience when she touches the body of a dying man. Meanwhile, a hooded figure continues to carry out orders given by a mysterious source. No one knows who it is, for whom the person is working, or when they'll strike next. Only this is certain...Everyone is suspect."
In #2 the mystery unfolds some more and we're given the pleasure of spirits inhabiting bodies, mysterious texts messages, a nicely illustrated explosion, and Elle meeting someone in The Garden who might be able to unlock some of the mystery to why she was attacked. Overall I think the illustrations are beautifully done; really enjoy the different point of views and perspectives Esquejo and Oback give the readers, they really pay attention to the little details. This is a series where you have to pay attention to the little details because there's Easter eggs planted to give you some clues as to what is happening.
With their illustrations and McCann's writing they all do a great job of painting this vivid and mysterious story for us. In #2 McCann does a really nice job with balancing the different intertwining story lines, which is important considering all the characters that the readers interact with. I'm enjoying the ride McCann and crew are taking us on and if you're into mysteries now is as good as ever time to give this series a looksie.
I give Mind the Gap #2 4.5 hooded sheep.
Guest Reviewer: Bunni Darling