‘MIND MGMT Vol. 2’ Review
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
“MIND MGMT” is secretly one of the best comics being written today. Sure, it’s a Dark Horse produced series, and so tends to get outshined by Image books like Saga, but Matt Kindt’s series will long be remembered as a cult hit.
The story, for those who don’t know, revolves around Mind Management – a shadow organization designed to augment United States interests through teams of psychics with various abilities.
The first six-issue arc was largely self-contained. It dealt with someone discovering the Management for the first time (supposedly), and seeking out its most powerful agent. We learned the basics of the Management, backstory for a few characters, and all about Kindt’s bizarre writing style.
This second volume , The Futurist, ratchets up the scale. Rather than focus on one or two characters, we have here the setup for an all-out war with the surviving agents. The obscure backstory of the primary protagonist, Meru, is revealed and new villains are brought into the mix.
Kindt’s art remains an acquired taste. His impressionist watercolors of characters won’t win any awards in realism (something this collection specifically addresses), but it fits the bizarre nature of the storytelling perfectly.
The greatest issue with The Futurist is that, for all its universe expansions, it’s just not as surprising as the original.
The first volume brought us stories written in the margins of pages, breaking the fourth wall in the process. It wasn’t very useful information, but it was a shocking, unsettling change of pace from modern comics. Those tools are still in use, providing more useable information than surprises.
That’s more or less the theme of The Futurist. It’s a lot more of the same, beautifully crafted series that drew me in with the first seven issues, but with a greater emphasis on universe expansion.
Kindt is certainly building to something here, and The Futurist gives us an idea of what that thing might be. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten there just yet.
Volume 3 promises to be a very exciting continuation of the story, now that we have an idea of who the players are. Based on the first seven issues, and Kindt’s continued craftsmanship here, I have faith that the end result will be something truly memorable.
One bit of quality that can’t be denied is that of the hardcover itself. Just like the first volume, “MIND MGMT Vol. 2” is bound in a beautiful, gloss hardcover collection. It’s compact, smooth, and looks utterly gorgeous on a shelf, especially when placed next to the first part.
If you enjoyed the first part of “MIND MGMT,” you’re sure to like this as well. However, if you haven’t picked up the series just yet, maybe hold off on this one until we know just where the story is going.