Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 REVIEW: Mind MGMT #1
Now, I don’t mean books that you *choose* to think. I’m not talking about finding social commentary in an X-book or contemplating sexism in literature and entertainment. I’m talking about books that require thought to make it through the story. How many?
I don’t have many, if at all. Until this week. I really wasn’t ready for it.
I like explosions. I like punching. I like quippy one liners. I like explosions. The average book doesn’t give my brain much trouble. So here I sit, reading Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT from Dark Horse and I think, “Wow, I don’t like this.” And I finished it, but I realized I should have liked it. So I read it again. And it got better. Then I read the margins. And I liked it. Then I read the back-up story and I really liked it. And then I read the letters column and I loved it.
So that’s where we are. Let’s talk about why this book is different than any other book you’re reading:
1. Matt Kindt handles the story, the script, the interior art, the cover art, and assumedly the lettering. There is no reason this book should come out any way but how he envisioned it.
2. In the story, we have no idea what’s happening. Read it and it feels like you’re missing so much. Like chunks of explanation were lost.
3. There are “protocols” of a secret organization known as the Mind MGMT written in the margins of each page. Each correlate to the subject matter on the page.
4. You are responsible for piecing the story together. There is no hand-holding. You’ve got to do it yourself. Kindt believes that you are not stupid.
5. There are two short side-stories that give insight to the organization and its beginnings. Only important if you care about what you’re reading. Obviously, you should.
6. This book rewards you for buying monthly instead of the trade. Secret codes that unlock online content and hidden messages that correlate to the story. Do you have to have that? No. But how often to you get to solve a mystery and decode secret messages? Hmmm?
Conspiracies, criminal cases, unlikable characters and riddles. You’ve got to be willing to do the foot work on this book. I complain about books underestimating the audience all the time. I absolutely hate being talked down to when I read. Well, I got what I wanted. Here’s a story that assumes I’m not an idiot. I’m not about to quit this book. It’s listed as $3.99 and if you think that’s a lot for a monthly book, take a look at the books you’re paying $2.99 for and ask yourself if they’re worth your time and money. This one is worth it. If this is the sort of quality we can expect from Kindt on Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., we’re going to be in great shape even after the end of Jeff Lemire’s run.