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Mini Opinions – Friday Edition

Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Edition #1

This was one of the many books I picked up for the Gender Through Comic Books class I’m currently taking, and I am really glad this one ended up on the list because I think I’m going to have to grab the next few editions and keep reading. There was a really good story here, which characters that I couldn’t help but enjoy – I really want to know where their story goes from here, so now I need to keep my eye out for the 2nd pocket edition!

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Mini-Opinions, Attempt #1

Trying out the new format this week – let me know if you guys like this or not! Its definitely a little easier for me to do this than to do bigger posts for each issue!

Mind The Gap #8

Okay, so I’m not sure if maybe I’m just getting so lost in all the details that I’m missing things, but this may be the first filler-like issue for Mind the Gap. There were certainly some interesting tidbits in the conversations, but it feels like no new information was really introduced here. At least in terms of the mystery happening in the real world…the Garden is a different story. Don’t get me wrong, I fully enjoyed the issue! It just wasn’t one of the better ones that have come out so far. I’m really looking forward to the next issue – which is supposed to be a “silent” issue ­čÖé

Final Opinion: Solid

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Twists and Turns (Mind the Gap #6 and #7)

Sorry for the absense, guys! I needed a bit of a break, so I spent most of yesterday and a good chunk of today watching YouTube videos! It was a lot of fun and gave me a lot of things to think about, but more on that later. For now, we’re up to the latest two issues of Mind the Gap:

I really wonder if I’m ever going to have anything bad to say about this series…every single time I pick it up, the storyline and the artwork just drag me back in and make me want more. We start off with a flashback between Katie and Elle, getting a tiny bit of Elle’s history and quite a bit more of Katie’s, including exactly what lie she was asking Elle to make sure to fix. Then the real Katie/Elle wakes up in the hospital and calls Jo, which ties us back into where we left last issue.

The rest of the issue follows the treatment of Katie, who’s condition seems to be mirrored in Elle’s real form as well. They are both experiencing the same phenomenon and both doctors Geller and Hammond are trying to treat their respective patient (Geller seems to be in charge of Katie) when they realize they are both trying to treat the same thing. After a few events that seem to have been pulled out of a movie on exorcism, we get probably the most interesting part of the story – a meeting between Hammond and Elle’s mother. The basic idea I got from this is that Elle is some sort of experiment subject, maybe? I’m not quite sure, but obviously Hammond is as involved as Elle’s mother, though we still don’t quite know what they’re doing…

Then we have the return of the assistant, who apparently did not die in that explosion. And how he’s trying to help out Dane, who is still in jail.

…seriously, everytime I think I have a read on where this is going, something else comes along and totally destroys that theory! I have had so many thoughts on so many different people – who is Hoodie, why are they doing this, what was Elle’s father so guilty about – so many little things that just make this more confusing. And I keep getting sucked back in! I so wish this was a biweekly release, just so we could get more, faster…though if the quality went down then I would be sad to! Ack!

I’m really not the best when it comes to mysteries…I know there are clues hidden everywhere, but I’m pretty sure I’m missing things…I tend not to be detail oriented unless I try really hard, and that really doesn’t happen when I’m reading anything for pleasure instead of for work. I feel like I need to go reread the whole series and maybe make a list of things to look for, then read the whole thing again and actually look for those things (sounds crazy, right?) This is just how far I’ve gotten sucked in!!

And more craziness ensues! I really don’t know what to say about this one…still beautiful. Still so many twists and turns with the story and the characters. Little tidbits of information that we want to know, but not enough to give us anything else. Obviously Katie and Elle are connected…and in a way that Elle did not connect with the last guy she possessed. As far as we know, nothing happened to Elle’s actual body during that time. But this time around, parallels seem to happen all over the place, except for actually waking up. The very end, where both girls are basically coding, is a little shocking.

I’m still trying to figure this out, guys…I mean, there’s rather obviously some sort of Organization behind Hammond and Elle’s mother and what they are doing. I think Elle’s father at least knows something about it. Not sure if he is or isn’t involved. I’m wondering if Hoodie is really Elle’s brother…but I’m not sure. It’s not Miles, Min, or Lonnie because they have interacted with him. It could be Frankie, it would explain how he could get his hands on medical data, but they quite clearly showed him in a different colored hoodie and pants. It’s not Dane because he’s stuck in Jail when Hoodie is running around. It could also be Hammond…but considering he’s a doctor, being away might not be as easy for him…though, if I remember correctly, he wasn’t around right when Elle was brought in, so it’s still a possibility – though it seems a little redundant. I don’t know…so many questions!!

I’m excited for the new issue that’s coming out tomorrow!! I’ll finally be fully caught up with everyone else on this series…but it also means I’m now going to have to wait a month before I get anything more. That is going to be hard!!

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Round and Round and Round We Go! (Mind The Gap #4 and #5)

Hey Guys! Sorry for the quiet-ness the last few days. Regular life (Work…cleaning apartment) kind of got in the way ­čśŤ I’ve known I needed to start slowing down sometime soon, so maybe this is just part of it…

Mind The Gap 4

I don’t know how much more praise I can heap on this series, guys. Every time I pick up a new issue, I remember just why I love it so much. So many interesting characters that we’re just getting to know, so many questions and so many possibilities that are hiding behind every panel. The artwork continues to be beautiful and the story just deepens with each issue.

This time around, we learn a little more about the memory wall, that Elle can see things on there that the rest of us can’t. That she can manipulate her room to be what she wants, as illustrated when she wipes away the other two men in the room. And she pulls out just a little more of her memory of the attack – nothing that can give us much, but another┬átantalizing┬ábit that makes you want to keep reading.

The biggest shocker, of course, happens at the end, and the revelation that happens surrounding Dane, and the character connected to him that shows up. Not quite sure that I believe it just yet, but it’s enough to start raising questions.

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This issue focused mostly on the backstory of Dane in an attempt to explain why the accusation from the last issue was false. The entire thing was done by a different artist, they artist that did a series called Runaways, which I was already interested in trying to find as a TPB. So I was kind of excited for this issue!

The art for the flashback was very different, much more sketchy, but putting that art as the flashback made it really interesting. It was beautiful in its own way, and it really makes me want to find Runaways and take a look at it! I really enjoyed the whole story behind Dane, and how they slowly showed you how his background connected with events that happened during our storyline. I though the whole thing fit together nicely. And the last little reveal…well, lets say while we know who’s behind Dane’s current predicament, that doesn’t necessary mean they are behind the whole thing (that would just be too easy…). So there are still questions running around, and certainly more to learn.

Continuing to be totally sucked into this whole story-line. And I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon!

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Falling Down the Rabbit Hole (Mind the Gap #2 and #3)

I swear, I just keep getting more and more sucked into this comic…

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One of the many things I love about this series is the artwork – I always think it’s beautifully done. I love the faces, which we get a whole lot of throughout this story. The artists seem very adept at conveying emotion through an upturned lip or a raised eyebrow, and I’m totally captivated by what isn’t being said more than what is sometimes. The fact that you can read between the lines of these characters actual conversation is a great┬átestament┬áto how well these people and faces are drawn.

The story is as captivating as ever. Between Elle trying to get back to her own body, the explosion at the brownstone, conversations between different individuals, and some of the goings on at the hospital, people seem to slowly start suspecting other people. I know the author mentioned that we’ve already met whoever did this to Elle, so you can’t help but try to read these people, what they are and aren’t saying and their actions, and see if you can’t sniff out who it is first. The author has also mentioned you want to play close attention to things going on in the background as well…so each of these comics takes twice as long to read! To go into all the suspicions that were raised would take far too long, so just let it be known that this story is still a roller coaster ride. And the ending…oh, it makes you want the next issue as soon as possible!!

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The hints will not let up…Jim McCan is obviously planning a very drawn-out reveal for us. We get a few tantalizing hints in random places (one in this issue is going to have me going through every issue looking at people’s shoes…), but it’s never enough to give us something concrete.

I think the most interesting concept that was presented in this issue was the green Mind Room that Elle spends some time in during this issue. It’s where her access to see the real world is (through the fireplace), and there’s certainly something up with the walls. When she’s trying to remember something, her hand actually reaches INTO the wall, as if she’s trying to pull something in from beyond that wall. And then we end up with this memory of a doctor (can’t tell exactly who, but it looks like Doctor Hammond) holding a needle and syringe to her, which freaks her completely out. It’s a memory of some sort…but what it means is totally beyond us right now. It could be a simple as being┬átraumatized┬áby childhood vaccinations (my brother certainly was :P) but it’s most likely something a little more sinister. So many questions still running around…none of which are likely to be answered anytime soon.

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Not Everything is As It Seems (Mind the Gap #1)

So, that very first day in the Comic Shop, while I was wandering around looking at covers, a couple of titles that I hadn’t heard of caught my eye enough for me to open them up and take a look at the first few pages. One of these was Mind the Gap #1:

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I fell in love with the artwork from the moment I opened it. I had no idea what was going on, or what anyone was talking about, and I didn’t read more than three pages, but I wanted to take it home and read through it. So I took a chance and picked this up along with the recommended titles from SM.

And here, you’re going to need a little more background: What little I knew about comic books made me think that comic books involved superheros, in one form or the other. So I figured that whoever the hero of this book was, he or she didn’t show up in the first few pages that I read in the store. I was fully expecting one to pop out of the woodwork at some point.

So, imagine my┬ásurprise┬áwhen I’m met with a supernatural/mystery/thriller story with so many twists and turns that I don’t even know where to start! This book blew away any expectations I had for it. Between the attack on Elle, the obvious drama in Elle’s family, the tension between her family and friends, the two doctors who are both working on the case that are at each other’s throats, the hoodie man who obviously had something to do with the attack, the random cop that shows up at Dr. Geller’s door, the scientist guy who had a file on Elle and was taking it to someone before Hoodie-guy stopped him – there are so many questions running around that I don’t know where to start!! And that’s just what’s going on in the real world. There’s still the world within Elle’s head, the fact that she remembers very little of what happened, the definite clues and hints in the flashback page that only has a few words and snippits, and the fun little ending where she woke up in Estaban’s body. I’m still trying to figure out how all of this fit into this one little comic!

This one is a definite keeper, one that I’m probably going to follow for a long time. There are too many unanswered questions and too many possibilities running around! Too bad I haven’t managed to get my hands on #2 yet (hopefully tomorrow – the downtown comic shop said they had tracked one down for me and it should arrive by then) but I do have #3, #4, and #5 waiting in the wings already. I’m hoping this is going to be a tight story, where everything does eventually come together at the end. It’s hard to say just yet, but I’ve got high hopes!

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