Mind MGMT Volume 2: The Futurist – Matt Kindt

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I reviewed the first volume of the excellent Mind MGMT series late last year, and The Futurist keeps the standard high.

This time round, protagonist Meru and her shady guide Henry Lyme encounter a man who can predict the future by reading the minds of those around him. Ennui is all his power gives him.

Kindt uses a lot of really great avante-garde techniques for Mind Mgmt, like stuffing the page margins with horizontal writing that only becomes relevant in the next volume, or hiding stuff in the white space at the bottom of the page. This hidden text contributes greatly to the story’s paranoiac atmosphere, but I worry that it could make Mind MGMT more intimidating for those unused to comics. Still, there are exactly no men flying around in tights, so I guess the story is still accessible for conspiracy thriller fans.

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