by Matt Kindt
Matt Kindt's monthly series Mind MGMT has been a terrific, genre-defying read, and with this issue, he begins his third story arc. This is a perfect place for new readers who have been curious about Mind MGMT to jump on board, or to sample the title, as the inside front cover contains a summary of sorts, which also helps establish the spirit of this comic.
We know that Henry Lyme has put together a group of ex-Mind MGMT agents, psychic spies and the like, to help counter the group being put together by the sinister Eraser. Meru, who has been our point-of-view character from the beginning is currently out of the picture, as both sides in the conflict scramble to find new recruits.
This issue doesn't really touch on any of that though. Instead, we are taken to a very nice little suburbia, where couples in nice homes have parties and gossip about one another. The men in the community have been finding some of their things going missing lately, a treasured grandfather's watch, and a priceless movie prop. Accusations, and accusations of paranoia, threaten to overwhelm the small community, but it seems that the real culprit has to do with Mind MGMT's Matryoshka program, which has embedded one of the suburbanites into the picture, for ends that don't seem all that clear.
This is a nicely constructed single issue, which also fits into the larger story Kindt is working on. It seems we may never know all of the MGMT's secrets, but I really like the pace at which we are learning many of them.
Kindt's art is not for everyone, but I can't imagine a story like this being told by a slicker or more polished artist. Plus, look at how wonderful that cover is. If you aren't reading this, please check it out.