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Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers TP Paperback – Nov 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (Nov. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065982
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 16.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elle Peterssen must try find out who tried to kill her in the subway; the problem is that she's in a coma and now it's up to her spirit form to try in the gap between life and death figure out who attacked her and why?

You know the feeling when you think you have a couple of pages left in a book, but instead it's just the first chapter for the next book or some information about the author and stuff? Yeah in graphic novels there is always (as far as I know) all the covers of the issues collected in the end. So after being pulled into this story, wondering what the hell is going on, following Elle in the gap and her friends and family in the living it ends with a cliffhanger. Gah! I hadn't realized how invested I was in the story until the graphic novel ended and I just had some fancy covers left to look at...

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 28 2015
Format: Paperback
Meh. As I read this I just kept thinking something was missing. It felt like I should be enjoying the story much more than I was. It's an interesting premise that I thought was going to be good, but the plot just didn't grab me. It jumped around a lot, trailed along slowly and didn't manage to make me have any feelings for the main character. There are also a lot of movie and song references which became annoying very fast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6a1503c) out of 5 stars A Mystery Comic series with appeal to non-comic readers Nov. 4 2012
By Aww Coffee No - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read comics. A lot of comics. Even some of the best of them I would never recommend to anyone who does not like the graphic novel already.

This is not Superheroes. This is not Bloody and Empty. This is a contemporary New York crime mystery with a special spice blend of lucid comas and dark hidden family secrets. This isn't a story about magic... but there is some rotten science a foot I can tell you that. Ever wanted to hang out with coma patients inside their head? Do it in this comic. Ever want to see what happens to their loved ones? Do it in this comic! Ever want to follow the detectives and doctors that try and solve the case? Follow them OR BEAT THEM TO IT. If you do not like science fiction elements do not let them keep you from this comic... let your love of a good mystery and layered contemporary characters win out.

This comic is for people who LOVE mysteries. Do you watch any tv show and try and figure out the killer before the show does? Are you ultimately depressed when you are always right? THIS COMIC IS FOR YOU. Beautifully drawn with clarity and written with layers of meaning, the team behind Mind the Gap give you all the clues you need to try and figure out this one before any of the cast do. So either go along for the ride in a wonderfully written tale of betrayal and loyalty or pick over the tiny clocks giving you actual times to help you make your own timeline and eliminate suspects. This is a who-done-it that leaves me dying to read what is coming next because the twists are that unexpected and oh so fun.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69bc99c) out of 5 stars Amazing Art to Partnered with Greatly Crafted Mystery Dec 23 2012
By Craig W - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mind The Gap by Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo is the story of a young wealthy New Yorker (Elle) who has been put in a coma after being attacked. She is transported into a sort of coma world with other coma victims. The mystery deepens the more we find out more about Elle's friends and family. McCann gives you just enough to stay intrigued and guessing on who is behind the attack but can't quite prove it. All the characters are well thought out, real and unique in their own way. Esquejo's are is nothing short of spectacular. His detail and realness is second to none. Sonia Oback's colors add the tone for each scene.

If you're a mystery fan who is willing to dive into the spiritual this is the book for you. But be warned after reading this you'll just watch and wait for the calendar go by until the next volume comes out.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6b7af0c) out of 5 stars Disappointed June 23 2013
By Scott William Foley - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'd heard excellent things about Mind the Gap and saw that the reviews were quite favorable, so imagine my surprise when I found myself disappointed by this first volume.

I can sum up my dissatisfaction with one simple reason: I did not care about a single character.

Ellis, the main character, is attacked in the subway and taken to the hospital. There she has physically entered a coma but her psyche has traveled to the astral plane where she interacts with other coma sufferers. Elle must work out her own attack as she struggles to remember even the most basic of facts about herself.

The list of potential attackers is quite large: her mother, her father, her brother, her boyfriend, a few doctors, as well as what is implied to be a clandestine organization of some sort. But here's the thing - Elle is not especially likable. Frankly, nothing about her character makes me sympathize with her nor do I really care who attacked her. This is, of course, a problem when the entire series appears to be hanging on that core plot point.

The dialogue jarred me a bit as well. The problem with trying to write trendy, cool dialogue is that it becomes dated rather quickly and if a reader happens to be neither trendy nor cool (such as me), the dialogue reads incredibly hokey.

Finally, the art is beautiful, but I did not find it particularly dynamic. Each panel, for the most part, depicts a person or people talking. There isn't much that I would consider visually striking or fluid. Yes, the artist is very good at drawing people and backgrounds, but I didn't feel it moved the story along well. Granted, it would be difficult to draw page after page of people talking and doing not much else.

A protagonist who is not all that charismatic, a mystery that isn't especially important to me, cheesy dialogue, and largely uninteresting artwork - Mind the Gap did not impress.

~Scott William Foley, author of Andropia
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69cc1f8) out of 5 stars Maybe best to reserve judgment March 23 2015
By Alt - Published on
Format: Paperback
Intimate Strangers collects the first 5 issues of Mind the Gap. A girl named Ellis Peterssen makes a freaky phone call causing her family and a bunch of other people to go ballistic. She ends up in a hospital after being found unconscious in a subway station, the victim of head trauma. Strange things are going on in Ellis' head, starting with her inability to remember that she's Ellis. This is represented by some pretty cool art that starts out blurry and slowly comes into focus.

While Ellis is having an out-of-body experience in a netherworld where coma victims go to gossip, a doctor named Gina Gellar is having Cagney and Lacey experiences with the female cop to whom she is married. When Gellar isn't kissing the cop, she's trying to figure out what Ellis' attending physician is hiding about Ellis' condition.

Things get even stranger for Ellis when she starts having an in-body experience ... in the wrong body. And then she's visited in limbo-land by a therapist who makes out-of-body house calls. So how is coma boy related to coma girl? That's one of many unanswered questions in volume 1.

Back in the real world, people are still trying to kill Ellis, possibly even her family members. There's some wealth in this family but, like many wealthy families, you wouldn't want to be part of it. Clearly, sorting out the good guys from the bad is going to take awhile.

In fact, the entire story may take some time to tell. It isn't plodding, but it moves more like a print novel than a graphic novel, taking time to establish characters and backgrounds while the plot advances at a deliberate pace. That isn't necessarily bad, but it does make it difficult to review a single volume. It may be necessary to read the entire thing before forming a judgment. That may be difficult since the series is now on hiatus (which is often a euphemism for dead, but I guess we'll see).

Will the story eventually develop a strong plot? There are hints of that in volume 1, but no clear answers. As it stands, I like the character development and the story is sufficiently intriguing to encourage my interest in volumes 2 and 3.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69cc63c) out of 5 stars One of the best new titles of 2012 Jan. 28 2013
By William M. Wallace - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I initially purchased the first issue of this book for the art, simply put its fantastic. That said lots of comics have great art, not all of them have an enthralling story to draw you in. Mind the Gap does, its been on my monthly pull list ever since. When the trade came out I picked it up as well and I couldn't be happier. This is a great psychological/paranormal mystery, I highly recommend everyone pick up a copy.