Mind MGMT starts off like it was the pilot of your new favorite TV series. Even though I have a very wounded heart when it comes to that matter, I have once again gotten sucked into a mystery cliffhanger science-fiction drama. When Season One of Heroes was on-air, I was obsessed. I had to catch every episode. Not only was I waiting on edge all week for the next puzzle piece, but I would never allow myself to get a spoiler the day after having missed the previous night’s episode. Though Heroes did slowly fall off in regards to the storyline. At some point I think they started to have people writing the show who had never even seen a single episode of it. I don’t know how factual that last statement is, but I’m not sure which would be more embarrassing: whether it’s true or whether it isn’t. This still isn’t as bad as some of my other recent injuries. At least Heroes gave it a shot at a few more decent seasons. Flash Forward was a serious mind-blower. The ad for the pilot had me tuned in. I never stopped watching until I watched what I thought was the season finale. It turns out it was the final episode. The network cancelled the series. It ended with a cliff-hanger even knowing that there would never be a way to conclude the story. Then there was The Event. I should have known that watching an NBC sci-fi drama was going to lead to heartbreak, but I got sucked in regardless. Of course, another obsession ended with the same withdrawal pains and the same bad taste in my mouth. For more of Keith’s Comics You Should Be Reading, head over to No Morals Anymore! Continue reading here for the rest of Keith’s review of Mind MGMT.
What does this have to do with Mind MGMT? It’s all of these stories rolled into one and then some. Like Heroes, it has super-powered beings. Like Flash Forward, it has the in your face storyline with questions and puzzle pieces coming at you from all directions. And it has conspiracy theories layered on top of conspiracy theories like The Event. While the storyline might have all of these basic flavors, it is still very much it’s own story. I am only using these comparisons to identify another major reason why I am not only addicted to this series, but why I also feel a sense of security in my addiction. Matt Kindt, the author, has complete control of the title. He has already stated that he only plans to run it for 36 issues. It lets me know that not only will my taste for closure be satisfied, but that I also won’t find out halfway through the story that there won’t be any more issues—or worse, that they are going to have a couple of shit writers come in and wind everything down in two issues.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want to start ranting and raving about Mind MGMT. And I’m not the only one. The trade hardback has an endorsement from Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus) has already started production on a movie based on the series. As far as comics are concerned, this one seems more like keyframes to a kick ass sic-fi mystery movie than a comic book. I, personally, am not a fan of Matt Kindt’s drawing style, but it’s just that good that it still ranks up in my top five favorite titles right now, and because of that his style has slowly grown on me. It is extremely raw and doesn’t adhere to your typical popular comic art. As far as the story goes, I have to stop writing or the next paragraph will be me dropping all kinds of spoilers on your head. Instead, I will just have to let you get started. The trade hardback for issues #1-6 is in stores now, and you’ll either have to pick up some back issues for #7 on up or wait for the next trade to come out in October to catch up. One thing I would advise is starting from the beginning rather than picking up the latest issue.