Title: MIND MGMT.
Story-arc: The Mind Management Comprehensive Report 1 of 3.
Volume: Omnibus #1.
Writer(s): Matt Kindt.
Penciller(s): Matt Kindt.
Colourist(s): Matt Kindt.
Letterer(s): Matt Kindt.
Publisher: Dark Horse Books.
Release Date: April 9th 2019.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction, Mystery.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.
It isn’t too far-fetched to think that the world we live in is only what others want us to perceive. It suffices to imagine the hands of a secret organization on all the information we obtain through the Internet to understand that the idea of objective facts is just as subjective as opinions. But how deeply-rooted could some secret organization be in our sources of information to accomplish such a feat? Maybe by incorporating weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, and talking dolphins, to our reality, we’ll be able to understand the lurking manipulation we’re all witness of. Matt Kindt offers us an espionage tale exposing governmental corruption and psychological manipulation with his creator-content series: MIND MGMT.
What is MIND MGMT: The Mind Management Comprehensive Report 1 of 3 about? Collecting the first two volumes of this comic book series, the story follows Meru, a true-crime writer obsessed with Flight 815’s mysterious incident where all but one passenger was diagnosed with a serious case of amnesia, coincidentally occurring at the same time as the improbable disappearance of one passenger. As she investigates this case, she uncovers a government agency of immortal spies with psychic abilities who can manipulate the world and its history. Her leads thus help her track down that missing passenger, an incredibly talented ex-agent of the MIND MGMT program who is on the run following one of his greatest failures. Together they unravel a conundrum far bigger than their own lives.
“Like a face from a dream. The more you try to picture it. The more indistinct it becomes.”
— Matt Kindt
It’s a sight to behold when a creator takes the comic book medium and attempts to reimagine the ways it could be used to tell a story. With this first omnibus, Matt Kindt utilizes narrative tools, such as flashbacks, in an incredibly inventive fashion to tell his story. While sparingly utilizing a nonlinear narrative, the story moves in a relatively fast pacing that keeps you enthralled till the end. The addition of some intriguing characters, as well as a balanced exploration of their history, also allows Matt Kindt to present the mysterious yet powerful nature of the top-secret government program. With a touch of science-fiction, he also plays with the reader’s ability to foretell the events to come up with some clever ideas that add an underlying layer of whodunnit. The comic book’s one fatality is in the illustrations, while it doesn’t deter me from continuing on with this series, it remains a hindrance in my overall appreciation.
Sometimes, the artwork is only meant to be the vessel to deliver a story. To think more of it would diminish its purpose and send it whirling into irrelevancy, wreaking havoc on the story’s potential. I told myself that maybe by the end of the first volume within this omnibus I’ll have gotten acclimated to the visual style, absorbing the watercolours, rough penciling, awkward character designs, unconventional panel structure giving it a dose of meta, subliminal coded messages within full-page publicity advertisements, and stories within the margins. The visuals do fit the bill and offer a very surreal scenario that accurately portrays the story’s supernatural elements. It’s just unappealing to me, unable to find myself impressed by its less-than-realistic style. It’s only by the end of the second volume that I started to get sort of used to the artwork and what it was meant to achieve to Matt Kindt’s eyes.
MIND MGMT: The Mind Management Comprehensive Report 1 of 3 is an experimental and riveting espionage mystery delving deep into governmental corruption and psychic manipulation.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!