When the starting point of your story involves out of body experiences, comas, amnesiacs and conspiracies, mysterious twists are built into a comic's DNA. But with his Image Comics series "Mind The Gap," writer Jim McCann is pushing that idea as far as he can.
The monthly comic drawn by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback started out with a not so simple mystery surrounding 20-something New Yorker Elle. When she's attacked in the subway, Elle fins herself in a coma that places her mind in an otherworldly realm called "The Garden" where she and other coma patients can see into real life but make no contact. The story gets more complicated with the additional twist that Elle has forgotten who she is as she also discovers that she has the power to possess the bodies of her fellow coma victims shortly before they go brain dead.
If that wasn't enough, the series also follows nearly a dozen players back in the real world from Elle's best friend Jo to a concerned doctor looking out for her body to a network of mysterious forces that may have been experimenting on Elle for years and whose agent is a as-yet faceless troublemaker in a hoodie. With each issue, the connections between this group has grown deeper and deeper all the while new hints as to what put Elle in the hospital and gave her these powers bubble up across the story.
This week, "Mind The Gap" #5 wrapped the first arc with the major revelation that Elle's domineering mother Min is pulling the strings on Hoodie as well as framing Elle's boyfriend Dane for the crime of attacking her. Will these complications get worse or better now that Elle has taken over the body of a young coma girl named Katie who seems to have some problems of her own? To find the answers to all these questions, CBR News spoke with McCann about his overarching plans for the series, how issue #5 and future flashback issues will make more revelations come to light, what Min's involvement means for who exactly the hoodie-wearing foe is and what classic mysteries from literature, TV and film have impacted the shape of the series to date.
"Mind The Gap" #5 is on sale now from Image Comics.