If you pay close attention to the site then you’ve probably noticed that I’m a pretty big fan of Mind MGMT a series written and drawn by Matt Kindt. The zero issue arrives this week and really there is no reason for you not to buy this issue if you’re into the series or even a new reader. It’s a collection of shorter stories that piece together so many extra details from the first volume which has just wrapped last month. The other reason is because it will entice you to go back and re-read the first six issues once again, which may prove to be important as the next story arc prepares to start. The first story is something I’ve already reviewed and loved. It was the digital exclusive that Dark Horse released just before the first issue and even after re-reading it again I still loved it. You can read my full review for that segment here. The next short is narrated by Meru as she talks about her first book and how she “single-handedly” cracked the case. It’s a great story that if you’re familiar with the series you’ll see all of the details that Meru is unaware of that fit into the larger picture. Meru’s story ends with her chasing down a killer and actually being the one to bring him to justice. The final story is narrated by one of the first men to become an immortal and it’s a very interesting story that once again reveals a lot of the history for Mind MGMT in the process.
Part of me wishes that these tales involving Meru took place after the first volume, but in my heart of hearts I know that it doesn’t. That’s why this issue is as fantastic as it reminds you by the end of it just how much of Meru’s story is just Lyme’s story that he’s projecting through her. Kindt’s writing is as great as it always is and the shorts are a worthy investment and not simply filler as they easily could have been. They really develop Meru’s character and clarify details about Mind MGMT, giving a rewarding read. I would go on and on about the art, but if you’ve read any of my other reviews then you’ll know that it’s great and there is no change here.
At first I thought this issue was just going to be a reprint of the one digital issue that Dark Horse had released, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of additional content. This is a great read and will give you your Mind MGMT fix until the story continues. This series is a piece of comic history happening before our eyes and that’s something special to witness, don’t miss out on it.
Writer/Artist/Creator: Matt Kindt Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 11/21/12