Writer: Jim McCann
Art: Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback
Publisher: Image Comics
Jim McCann knocks it out of the park with this one. I’ve heard and read all the hype about this book, and figured, ok, let’s see what he’s got here. And man oh man was I pleasantly surprised. Mind the Gap felt like an episode of CSI. You have your initial incident, and then you spend the time trying to figure out the pieces and put them together, only, it has a supernatural twist to it.
Jo is awaken from her nap when she gets a phone call from her friend Elle who can only breathe in a panic scared way on the phone before the call is lost. She quickly calls Jo’s boyfriend to see if she was with him, and our story begins. After her family finds out, we find Ellis being brought into the ER of a hospital, and this first part ends with her in a coma, and her spirit staring down at herself.
The second part of the story introduces us to the Gap, the place where patients in a coma hang out and wait to either find a way back in their bodies, or for that call from God. Elle meets a boy named Bobby, and together they try to piece together her memory, since she can’t remember anything. The one thing she is able to remember, is that what happened to her is no accident, and chances are whoever did this will be back to finish the job.
On the other end of the spectrum is the mystery going on. In the “real world”, you are introduced to the mystery person who attacked her. Between him, the police, the doctor in charge and who know who else, they are in a big coverup, and only Elle’s friend Jo, and a doctor who stuck her nose (and may pay for it) know that something is wrong. And of course, we are hit with the cliffhanger, Elle visits a coma man named Esteban who is about to make his journey to heaven to pay her respects to a family that can’t hear her, nor she knows, when suddenly, her spirit enters Esteban’s body and…well, you can guess what happened!
Mind the Gap is very well written that is only made better with a wonderful art to go along with it. It’s a great story of conspiracy and drama, and just like Elle fears that whoever did this to her is lurking to make another attack, so does the Bible teach us of how Satan operates.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8
And just like Elle found a helper in Bobby who stood in the gap with her, so do we have a helper who stands in the gap to help us. Only, we don’t have to be in a coma, or suffer some serious injury to have that help. Lucky for us, the helper is always there, willing and waiting for us to call out to Him.
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to trust in humans.” Psalms 118:6-8
6 out of 7