“Mind MGMT” #3 very much has a beginning and an end — the conclusion ushering forth the next beginning is exactly why this comic is intriguing and enthralling. Matt Kindt writes and illustrates the sort of mystery we haven’t seen since “Lost” stopped airing. Meru is a writer cast into an international conspiracy of strange happenings and warped reality views. This issue sees her solidify her position as the master of her quest as she strives against every obstacle to attain the goal she feels she needs: Harry Lyme.
Kindt makes use of every square inch of the book to the point where I read the indicia just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. The narrative is full and yet doesn’t feel clogged at all. Kindt manages to pack a satisfying quest tale into this issue while also giving it room to breathe. Surrounding this tale are shorts called “The Second Floor” and “The Ad Man,” whch entertain while dropping truth bombs about the world of “Mind MGMT” and the flavor of this book. Kindt wants readers to know the little details of the fabric as much as he needs us to see the big picture of the tapestry.
Meru’s quest becomes much more harrowing when the Immortals following her get close enough to shoot. The chase through a remote Chinese village is tense and expertly told. Kindt proves himself adept at handling action sequences by selecting the right panels to show the progression of movement and emotion. The abrupt actions of the female Immortal shock as Kindt throws them onto the page without much warning or fanfare. It is impossible to second-guess this book.
Kindt’s artwork pops on the page. His lines are scratchy and easy with dynamic and mesmerizing color choices. The watercolor skies are moody and the stripes of red blood are dramatic and real. Kindt tells a clean narrative but there is no doubt his emotion on the page trumps his clarity. One splash page of Meru feels odd purely due to the placement and arrangement of one eyebrow. It shows how important every little aspect is.
There is sadness in “Mind MGMT” #3: the sadness in confusion, the sadness in knowing too much. No one in this book seems happy, but the lesson is that they all still continue forward. No character gives up and they are always read to take the next stop. With so many dense mysteries swirling through these pages, it will be hard for readers to give up once they are hooked. Kindt is a smart creator — he hooks readers from the very start, reapplying a new hook on every page.