DNF Review | Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers - McCann, Esquejo & Oback

Series: Mind the Gap #1
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Page count: 168
Genre: Mystery | Paranormal 
Source: Netgalley

Everyone is a suspect.
No one is innocent.


From Goodreads:
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

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Ellis Peterssen is taken into hospital after being found collapsed and in a coma at a Subway station that is off her usual daily travel route. Her best friend is convinced that Ellis didn't simply fall but was, however, maliciously attacked. Ellis herself knows she was attacked; although her body is in a coma, her spirit is in a sort of in-between purgatory called The Garden - and there she meets Bobby, a guide who will help her to piece together the attack that she knows happened but can't remember the details of.

Well, I really didn't enjoy what I read of Intimate Strangers. The mere 100 pages I managed felt more than twice that amount; it was a struggle to read that much and I just wanted to give up on it well before that point.
I really wanted to like it; the synopsis made it sound like something I could very well enjoy. However, in my humble opinion, it just felt like a good idea extremely poorly executed.

Unfortunately, the dialogue did absolutely nothing for me. Not only that, the story just felt so disjointed and all over the place and wasn't pleasant to read. Both Elle's nosey, law-breaking co-doctor and best friend have their suspicions that there's more going on with Elle's accident than meets the eye but where did these suspicions even come from? There are discrepancies between her medical charts and she also made strange phonecalls to her friend and boyfriend the morning of her accident. But how, exactly, does that warrant suspicions for attack? Convenient of them to think so.

Between the unlikeable characters (I'm looking hard at you, Bobby), bad script, and artwork I really didn't like, I'd had enough and felt like I would be wasting my time reading any further. After the second chapter and into the third, I rapidly lost interest in finishing reading and really couldn't force myself to pick it back up.


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