Matt Kindt continues his first ongoing series after a bit of a wait, and it certainly adds to the mysterious air that was present in the first issue. In fact, it may become a bit too mysterious for the average reader.
How did this second issue fare? Read on for my review!
Honestly, the first issue of this series was rather a hefty read, added to the fact that it’s been well over a month since that issue hit the shelves. I have to say that I’ve forgotten about a lot of what happened in it. Sure, I remember the basic story, but when I opened issue #2, I couldn’t help but feel lost. However, maybe that’s exactly what Kindt wants out of this title.
This issue features our protagonist, Meru, on the run with a newly found friend from some secret agents who turn out to be something a little worse for comfort. The majority of the issue is just that; two people on the run from two other people. It makes for a lot of action, but when the reader has no idea what’s going on with these characters… well, they have no idea what’s actually going on with the story itself. But like I said, that might be exactly what Kindt wants.
The reason I say that is because of the amount of mystery and unknown elements that Matt Kindt is putting into this series, from the actual comic to the backup feature. There’s also the material Kindt puts on the inside covers of the issue, all the way to the text that he lines each page with, and even the letters columns at the end of the issues. This series is completely filled with little mysteries that Kindt wants the reader to look into themselves before a solution is given (though some answers may never be spoon fed to the readers). We’re slowly given a bit of information as to what Mind MGMT is, what they do, and who belongs to it, as well as who were the people on that flight and why their minds were all wiped. However, it might be too many mysteries with too little answers given for some readers. I’m personally patient, and I don’t entirely mind the mass of mystery that shrouds the series, but when I’m following upwards of 40 series per month and the break between issues was a bit longer than it should have been, it takes a little bit of back-reading and even a second read through the issue to remember what’s going on.
Despite my reservations with the series, it is still very intriguing. It’s something that I want to continue reading, although it might be better and easier to follow when it’s read in the collected format; it wouldn’t be a problem if Kindt himself hadn’t revealed in the first issue that he was going to litter each issue with tons of material that wouldn’t be included in the collections. Plus, that bonus material is some of the bests stuff in the issue!
GO Rating: 3.5/5
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