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MIND MGMT Volume 4: The Magician Hardcover – November 25, 2014
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Matt Kindt is the Harvey Award winning writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels MIND MGMT, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip. He has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 3 Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. The author lives in New York, NY.
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Author and artist Matt Kindt is reminiscent of author Thomas Pynchon; he boldly reveals a schizophrenic vision of a hidden world.
Coincidently, I read the 4th volume of the Marvel Masterwork Uncanny X-men concurrent with this 4th volume of MIND MGMT. The parallels between the works is, pardon the pun, UNCANNY. Both series focus on hidden societies of para-normaled individuals. Both feature a red-haired woman with powers beyond the control of the other meta-humans. Those are superficial similarities though. The real disquieting connection is the parallel stories. The X-men wage a feud with a parallel group of mutants, the Hellfire Club, who are secret power-brokers in the industrial world. In MIND MGMT, one crew of meta-humans feud with another crew who are secret power-brokers. And in both stories, the heroes suffer terrible indignities and losses. It was enough to make me seriously wonder if a secret society REALLY was using culture to transmit a message. And that message? SURRENDER, of course.
X-men creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne tell their story in 3 issues while Matt Kindt takes 6. The story doesn’t feel unnecessarily padded. Kindt wonderfully takes his time expounding upon the personal histories of each character as they enter the plot. It helps to make each volume accessible to new readers and engaging for regular ones. Kindt spends a time deploying the history of a team of genetic experiments turned circus attractions. The warmth and care taken to reveal their history is wonderfully done. It isn’t a surprise that some of them swear allegiance to the malevolent MIND MGMT but the sympathy you have for them is deftly handled by Kindt. It’s a beautiful metaphor for the series’ larger theme of pliable history.
MIND MGMT has been a remarkably refreshing series. It uses atypical watercolor art, peculiar story-telling rhythms and innovate design to attack the reader. It's the kind of fight I enjoy.