Review: Mind the Gap (Volume 1): Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, and Sonia Oback

Mind the GapTitle: Mind the Gap (Volume 1): Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo (Illustrator) and Sonia Oback (Illustrator)
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher: Image Comics
Page count: 168 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: October 17, 2012
Rating: 4/5

Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful – and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this.

Mind the Gap, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist.

Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well.

Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life.

Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent.

Collects Mind the Gap #1-5.


I discovered this graphic novel while I was browsing through Listopia on Goodreads one day, something I can do for hours on end. When I came across this and read the description I was instantly intrigued. Most of my experience with comics and graphic novels has been in the form of the superhero genre. The only non-superhero comics I had read to date so far were Fables, Maus, Elfquest and other miscellaenous comics throughout the years. I decided to take part in the graphic novel challenge this year because I wanted to challenge myself to, not only read more comics like I did when I was a kid, but to branch out into the different genre’s that make up the comic and graphic novel formats. I haven’t been wildly successful at it so far this year but for this second half of the year I hope to hit this format with a vengeance.

Mind the Gap definitely caught my eye and when I received it in the mail I was super excited to dig into it. It’s about a young girl, Elle Peterssen who is attacked and ends up in a coma. The story is about her trying to remember what happened to her and really trying to even remember who she is. It’s interesting because it is also about unraveling the mystery of who hurt her by exploring her relationships and the various dramas begin to unfold casting suspicion upon pretty much everyone in the story.

Mind the Gap so far definitely has my interest piqued. This graphic novel only collects comics 1-5 so there is a large chunk of the story that I still have yet to read and I will definitely be doing that in the future. I liked being suspicious of everyone I have met so far in the story. At times I felt l was sure who could have done this to her but a page later my opinion on that would take a hit and I’d second guess someone else in the story. That is a truly fun aspect of reading this graphic novel. I gave it a four out of five because it was confusing at some parts and a little hard to follow but super interesting and wholly unique. I love the illustrations and the colors that are used. I think this is definitely a beautiful work both in the storytelling but also in the illustrative aspect. It’s literally just so beautiful and pleasing to the eye.  I definitely recommend giving Mind the Gap a read. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds, it really could go in many different directions at this point! If you have read further into this series or if you have any recommendations on graphic novels please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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