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GLX

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Postby GLX » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:17 pm

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Wednesday! Wednesday! Gotta review on Wednesday! Everybody's looking forward to the new pick! Reviewing reviewing YEAH!

MIND MGMT #10

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Matt Kindt (W/A)
On sale Apr 24
FC, 24 pages
$3.99
Ongoing
Only the Futurist can help Lyme and Meru find Mind Management’s hidden training ground, Shangri-la. But how can they track a man who knows their every move before they do?
• From rising star Matt Kindt (Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., 3 Story, Super Spy)!
• Best-reviewed comic of 2012!
“A triumph of character, idea, design, and plot throughout.”—MTV Geek



Digital copy can be found here.

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Review as often or as little as you like. Once you've posted 5 reviews, you will be awarded 1 pick. You can post 5 reviews, right? That's a totally achievable goal and with day and date digital releases becoming the standard, it shouldn't matter if your shop ordered enough copies of this weeks comic or not.

When multiple Review Groupers have posted 5 (or more) qualifying reviews, they will be awarded their pick in the order that they qualified. What constitutes a qualifying review? Any review posted (with a score on a scale from 0-10, that's right 0!) within 1 calendar month of the thread going live. Reviews are to be at least 5 sentences long. It shows that a) you have at least read this week's pick and b) you have some unique insight into the comic.

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Since no one has 5 reviews under their belt, a poll will go up later this week to determine next week's reading.

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GLX
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:19 pm

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GHERU

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Postby GHERU » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:26 pm

373. Thanos Rising #1 - No reviews in.

mine didn't count?
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:27 pm

GHERU wrote:mine didn't count?


D'oh! I didn't even attach a link. :oops:
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:43 pm

I had to order this, my shop didn't have any. :cry:

It's a 10 though.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:22 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:I had to order this, my shop didn't have any. :cry:

It's a 10 though.


:lol: Likely true.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:17 pm

Is this comic 24 pages, or 240? It's so dense compared to modern mainstream comics, it's hard to tell. In this story we get some backstory on Duncan in eleven pages. With the power to read the thoughts of everyone in a fifteen mile radius, he's effectively able to predict the immediate future. While this has its tactical advantages, it obviously leaves Duncan bored and unfulfilled. The story pans back to the larger narrative of Mind MGMT for the second half of the book, as protagonist Meru and her companions Henry Lyme and Perrier come up with a clever way to pin Duncan down and attempt to recruit him for their struggle against The Eraser, who is eliminating former Mind MGMT agents one by one. And that doesn't even take into account the page margins, which are filled for the first half with the thoughts Duncan picks up around him, and the second half with another installment from Meru's book, Premeditated: A True Crime Novel. Oh, and then a two page backup story about The Hulk, and a letters page. Wow!

To be honest, I don't even feel qualified to review this book. I've read all the issues of this series and enjoy it immensely, but it's such a dense and complex work that I probably can't do it justice. But don't get the impression that because it's smart, it's dull. Mind MGMT has action and mystery in spades. It has all the best elements of a spy thriller, and, oh yeah, sci-fi mind powers besides. Your eyes are glued to the page when you're reading this, and then they're glued again as you read it again to look at all the marginalia and bonus material. At least that's how I do it. Trying to follow the sidebars and the main story at the same time is a path to madness.

When Matt Kindt set out to create this monthly book, he said (paraphrased) that he wanted to create a monthly comic that would make people want to read monthly comics again. And he knocks that goal out of the park. Every single issue of Mind MGMT would take up 5 issues and $5.99 special if it were a mainstream comic. By the time you waited a month for the next story fraction, you'd have lost interest. Not Mind MGMT though. Here, you get your money's worth. But amazingly, despite the intense, post-coital satisfaction experienced after pouring through an issue of Mind MGMT, you're also left pining for more. It's that damn good.

I don't know how Matt Kindt finds the time to create an issue of this comic every month, but I'm glad he does. He's incredible. This book is incredible. If you're not reading it, you should be. It might be possible to jump in here, but your best bet is to drop whatever you're doing, head to your comic shop, and buy all the back issues. You won't regret it.

5/5 or 10/10 or 100/100 or whatever the scale is here.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:46 pm

It's really amazing that Matt Kindt can put out a monthly book like this, story, art, lettering, etc. I really dig the watercolor washes and simple but expressive brushstrokes and lines he builds his panels with, almost vignette-style, fast and loose. I love the way he evokes Chicago in this issue, with the little subtle details like the Sun Times newspaper box or Ed Debevic's restaurant.

This issue brought Duncan on board finally, for now at least, and he's one of my favorites. When the book first came out, I was a little crushed because Duncan in particular by coincidence closely resembles a story I was working on but scrapped, even down to the psychic detective-noir flashback at the beginning of this latest issue, dang it! It puts my ideas completely to bed now, for sure.

I'm glad this book is getting the recognition it deserves lately, and I can at least take some small pride in being one of its earliest cheerleaders. I've been disappointed in comics shops being slow to come around though, it's one of the hardest books to find each month. With the recent hardcover collection and the Ridley Scott movie in pre-production, there's just no excuse for that.

It's a 10 like I said before, I must be psychic!
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:51 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:...your best bet is to drop whatever you're doing, head to your comic shop, and buy all the back issues. You won't regret it.


If your comics shop has the back issues, let me know! 0-6 went for $75 on eBay recently but the movie will make that look like monopoly money.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:52 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:It's really amazing that Matt Kindt can put out a monthly book like this, story, art, lettering, etc. I really dig the watercolor washes and simple but expressive brushstrokes and lines he builds his panels with, almost vignette-style, fast and loose. I love the way he evokes Chicago in this issue, with the little subtle details like the Sun Times newspaper box or Ed Debevic's restaurant.

This issue brought Duncan on board finally, for now at least, and he's one of my favorites. When the book first came out, I was a little crushed because Duncan in particular by coincidence closely resembles a story I was working on but scrapped, even down to the psychic detective-noir flashback at the beginning of this latest issue, dang it! It puts my ideas completely to bed now, for sure.

I'm glad this book is getting the recognition it deserves lately, and I can at least take some small pride in being one of its earliest cheerleaders. I've been disappointed in comics shops being slow to come around though, it's one of the hardest books to find each month. With the recent hardcover collection and the Ridley Scott movie in pre-production, there's just no excuse for that.

It's a 10 like I said before, I must be psychic!


Luckily, digital aficionados should have no problem finding a copy at the Dark Horse Digital Comics store. :P
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:54 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
If your comics shop has the back issues, let me know! 0-6 went for $75 on eBay recently but the movie will make that look like monopoly money.


They probably do not. I'm just amazed the comic shop here in Pacifica actually HAS a back issue section. Before moving here, I hadn't seen one in a while.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:57 pm

Mind MGMT makes me ashamed to be reading most of the other comics I read.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:03 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Luckily, digital aficionados should have no problem finding a copy at the Dark Horse Digital Comics store. :P


You said "head to your comics shop"! :x

Don't even try to Herald me, buddy. :smt011
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:08 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
They probably do not. I'm just amazed the comic shop here in Pacifica actually HAS a back issue section. Before moving here, I hadn't seen one in a while.


Yeah, almost all the old stores with huge back issue stock died, I remember seeing them all go tits up in Chicago around the turn of the century.

Stupid century, turning to stupid shit like it did. :smt011

It should make you question why you're not seeking out other books like Mind MGMT, although you do claim to have read Wizzywig...so there's some progress there. You should read Matt Kindt's Black Widow story in the Strange Tales anthology, it's almost like a Mind MGMT prototype, believe it or not, framed similarly on the page like an agent's report sheet. And there are other gems in those anthologies that might make you want to read some other good comics for a change.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:10 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
You said "head to your comics shop"! :x

Don't even try to Herald me, buddy. :smt011


Have you been to every comic shop ever and checked to see if they have a copy?

If not, you may be Right for the Wrong Reasons, Buddy Bear.

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