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Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers

(Mind the Gap #1-5)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 ratings  ·  228 reviews
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
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Image Comics (first published May 2nd 2012)
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Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
3.5 stars.
Alluring artwork, confusing characters, promising plotline.

Can't wait to get my hands on the next volume! (curse you, cliffhangers!!!)

Book Song: Healthy Moon by Diiv & Heaven by I, Monster.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, comics
I was surprised at just how much I ended up liking this. Yes, it hits the same buttons that X-Files used to, but that eventually failed me. I haven't exactly been turned off by long-running mysteries, but I have become skeptical of them. Especially when they include elements of the unexplained. So I was cautiously interested in Mind the Gap, and I'm glad I ended up reading it.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I do get the feeling that McCann knows where he's going with this. Maybe not from one issue to the
Sam Quixote
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Elle is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family who is suddenly struck down on the subway and is now in a coma – whodunit and why?

For some reason the mystery genre and comics don’t seem to gel. Take Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories for example. Spencer believes piling on one puzzling scene after another is enough for a mystery story. So in the first Morning Glories book you get deathtraps, patrolling murderous death squads, ghosts, cults, doppelgangers and more supernatural ephemera, the ide
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Elle Peterssen must try find out who tried to kill her in the subway; the problem is that she's in a coma and now it's up to her spirit form to try in the gap between life and death figure out who attacked her and why?

You know the feeling when you think you have a couple of pages left in a book, but instead it's just the first chapter for the next book or some information about the author and stuff? Yeah in graphic novels there is always (as far as I know) all the covers of the issues collected
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

I bought this on impulse because I couldn't resist the title, and the description of the story was intriguing. Ellis (aka Elle, or E) Peterssen, a 20-something New York stage actress from a very wealthy family, lies in a hospital bed in a coma, her family and friends standing by. However, her consciousness is operating in a space between life and death -- but is suffering amnesia. What happened to her? Something is clearly amiss, but what?

I loved this first collection of this mystery/suspense c
*NetGalley book review*

Starting off a graphic novel with an excellent 80's song was a great way to get my attention. This was a crazy graphic novel. The story was very good and was full of suspense. I haven't read a graphic novel that was this good in quite awhile. This one had all kinds of characters. Excellent art work.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
This was INCREDIBLE. I devoured it. Why aren't more people talking about this series?
I love the diversity of the characters, I love the writing, I LOVE the artwork, I love the mystery. Did I mention that I love this book?
Anna (Bananas)
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall 3.5 stars. The story gets 3 stars but the inside art pushes this closer to 4 for me. The drawing is sharp and the colors are vivid, with just the right amount of panels per page. I hate an overcrowded page. And the covers (THE COVERS!) have hooked me since issue #1.
A Breakfast Club tribute - how can you not love that?
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And a Red Riding Hood cover
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But back to the story. It's alright... The mystery is set up and set up some more and eventually I started to get annoyed. Reveal somet
William Thomas
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know why I bother with Jim McCann anymore. His Hawkeye and Mockingbird books were just so awful, so devastatingly bad, that I didn't think he'd ever be able to convince me to read anything else by the man. Unfortunately, I've been a sucker lately for these creator-owned Image books. Quite a few of them are just firing on all cylinders and it makes me think that everything Image puts out will be worth it's weight in gold.

That's quite obviously not the case, but as I said, I'm a s
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After the initial couple of pages in which I was at a loss about what was going in, the story really picked up and pulled me in. Even though it was about 170 pages, it was a very quick read, and the suspense keeps ratcheting up with each chapter. And just like a good comic book, it ends with a cliff-hanger. One complaint (well, observation) is that the cliffhanger didn't work all that well. The way it was presented would have worked
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Elle Peterssen is left in a coma after an attempt is made on her life. Her spirit form is caught between the land of the living and the dead and she must figure out who attacked her and what the motive was and try and come back to her life. Elle also finds that she can communicate with the living for a short time by taking over the body of person who is about to enter the afterlife and is soon being ask
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Elle Peterson is young, wealthy and beautiful - and trapped in a coma after someone tried to kill her. Trapped in some kind of an in-between spirit world she tries to figure out what happened to her and how to get back into her body. Everyone is a suspect and it's impossible to know who to trust.

A very interesting graphic novel. The art work is very beautiful, with a lot of colour and it works great together with the story, which is als
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m so confused but somehow I still enjoyed it lol
Maxine Marsh
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this graphic novel from Netgalley.

I was disappointed with this one. I really wanted to like it more than I did. The premise seemed promising--a young woman is mysteriously attacked and ends up in a coma. In this coma she meets people and slowly begins to adjust to her predicament. Meanwhile, her friends and family come and go and some mysterious figures seem to have some sort of plot.

And that's about as much as I can tell you about that.

The way the story goes about revealing information is
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm digging it. A randomly chosen book off the shelf, I went into this with only the cover and title to go on. There was enough intrigue and mystery to keep me going, but I hope volume 2 ramps up the crazy plot twists.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Netgalley and Image Comics for the opportunity to read this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

Elle Peterssen is young, rich, beautiful, smart. She has a loving boyfriend and a wonderful best friend. She’s also on someone’s hit list and an attack at a subway station leaves her in a coma. Cover ups , suspicion, and deception surround the events of her attack and her current condition, but the only person who can figure that out is Elle herself, who’s spirit has detached
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Wow, it’s been a really, really long time since I’ve reviewed a graphic novel which is strange since I’ve been on a graphic novel kick lately.

Mind the Gap has some great artistry. Nice use of colors, well drawn characters that are unique and distinctive from each other, and nice expression of emotion and atmosphere. Elle’s quest, confusion, and desire to regain control of her body and delving deep into her conscious as well as others was I thought the highlight of this story. The way b
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics
This is a paranormal mystery about people whose consciousnesses are trapped in a different plane, leaving their physical forms behind as coma induced bodies. Before the main character can really look for answers, she is much more consumed with the need to make contact with the physical world.

This suffers a bit from first issue syndrome: I am intrigued, but it spent so much time setting up all of the pieces that they didn't get to do very much, and there was no time for development. However, I re
David Schaafsma
Thriller with paranormal dimension, pretty complicated intersecting story lines, good art. I might check out the next volume...
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Grace Troxel
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Mind the Gap is a graphic novel about a girl named Elle who is in a coma. While she is unconscious, she exists in kind of an in-between spirit form, where she is able to observe the world around her. She doesn’t remember much of her life, and now has to piece together who was (or still is) trying to kill her.

My thoughts:

-I loved the psychedelic artwork and the concept of the book.
Obelina Wang
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-collection
"Welcome to 'The Garden'. Fitting place for the vegetables, no? They are just like us, stuck in the big sleep, trapped, trying to find a way back into their bodies."

I had no idea what this was about going into it, and so far, I still do not really know what's going on.. But I would quite like to know (so that's something, I guess). Nothing much has really happened yet and I don't particularly know anything about any of the characters, so can't say I'm too concerned about anyone's safety or stor
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This one started slow, almost gave up on it but then it got better as it went along... Probably going to give the next one a try
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
really cool concept, but the art isn't my personal favorite
Jill Kenna
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting first volume!
Suzanne (Chick with Books) Yester
Sometimes it's nice to take a little break from my more "serious" reading and open the pages of a graphic novel. Not that graphic novels are "light" reading, because some of the plots are just as complex as my "normal" reading, but I suppose they can be more like picture books for adults.

Recently I saw Image Comics was letting reviewers download a graphic novel called Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann. What struck me first was the cover, which I thought was stunning. So, I
Adela Cacovean
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

After reading this graphic novel, I was really surprised to see it was published a few years ago. NetGalley usually offers new books, mostly advance reader copies. While I definitely enjoyed it, I can't help being worried since the latest issue came out a year and a half ago and the story doesn't end there. Will it be continued? I want to find out what happens next, but I am not willing to risk reading the following volumes and end up with a cliffhanger that will never be solved if the comic boo
Mind the Gap is an exciting mystery about a young woman named Elle, who is in a coma after being struck by an unknown attacker at a subway station.

The comic format is a very interesting way to tell this story - it’s a serious, thrilling sort of whodunit, and the pace is very quick. I really like the psychological elements of the story - Elle lives within her head while comatose. She can see and hear everything that’s going on around her, but spends most of her time trying to recover lost memorie
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Image is the smartest and most adventurous publisher of comics these days. They don't pursue all the old tropes, allowing for more character driven books that should be more widely read than typical supers books.

Mind the Gap is a metaphysical mystery about the daughter of a rich family attacked and placed in a coma as part of a potentially mystical conspiracy. While the premise of her consciousness finding expression on some sort of astral plane is very sci-fi, the book reads as mostly an invest
That cliffhanger at the end was very mean.

The art of this comic is not the type I like. Te colours were too dark sometimes and I didn't like at all the use of the shadows.

But the story is VERY interesting. I like the supernatural part with the patients in a coma. It was intriguing and trying to figure out together with Elle what happened to her is my kind of story.

I am definitely going to continue with this comic as soon as I can. Very recommended to anybody liking mysteries and intriguing st
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Jim McCann is an award-winning writer of comic books, television, and theatre. He worked on several films and music videos before he was accepted into the ABC Daytime Writer Development Program. During that time he wrote for the popular ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Upon moving to New York, he found a position at Marvel Comics, where he remained for six years, working in publicity and PR.


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