Iíll pre-face this by declaring I am a big fan of series like Lost, Fringe, Flash Forward etcÖ plus Morning Glories is my favourite comic, so it comes as no surprise that I loved ďMind The GapĒ!!
However I can see and agree with some of what you found wrong with it.
Itís an odd complaint but in some of the parts I found the artwork and the characters a little too realistic to really suck me in, however I would still rate it a lot higher than most other books out there.
I tried hard not to compare it to Morning Glories but when you have a supernatural mystery book with a mostly teenage cast and Rodin Esquejo on art duties itís impossible not to, and this is where I realised itís short-comings.
Were I to give Morning Glories opening issue 5 stars (which I would), Iíd be forced to mark this down to a 4 star (which I will).
The reason being, Morning Gloriesí characters were a lot moreÖ ermÖ I donít want to say Whendonesque, but certainly quippy and larger than life which helped make them very distinctive and likeable, drawing me into their world almost immediately.
After the first issue of Morning Glories I was in love with the characters so much that I knew I was in it for the long haul and the supernatural mystery elements were just the (very tasty) icing on the cake.
With Mind the Gap, Iím still hooked, but itís the mystery that has me as I still feel a little detached from the characters themselves.
The only characters that stand out to me at all so far is the lad who shares Elliís dream space, probably because he did have some quirks, and the female doctor, probably because she seems to be the only character apart from the mystery hoodie who was actually doing anything proactive through the entire issue.
Like I say, I did still really enjoy it and Iím going to give it the benefit of the doubt that itís the added realism (and the fact ďno ones innocent, everyone a suspectĒ) thatís made the characters a little more impenetrable than Iíd like in the hopes that I warm up to them over the next few issues.
So, 4/5 stars from me!
And my answer to the last comment, I think the back-up section was a great idea and really got me in the game of playing detective on a re-read!