MIND MGMT Volume 1
by Matt Kindt
Edited by Brendan Wright
Cover Artist: Matt Kindt
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dark Horse Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781595827975
Date: 16 April 2013 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
When Mind MGMT opens, we learn that two years ago an entire plane load of passengers lost their memories. The pilots had to call in to ask for help in landing the plane. Families didn't recognize each other. Many of those passengers never recovered from their loss of memories as their job skills, relationships, and personalities changed.
Meru, our main character, is an author who hasn't written anything since her last best seller. Bills are piling up and she is focused on the idea of writing a book about the plane and its passengers. Even the casual reader can pick up that her memory doesn't seem to be very reliable. But she has come up with an interesting conspiracy theory about the incident involving a passenger that was never found after the plane landed.
The story comes together from case files of various members of this secret organization and their training methods. There's details on various seemingly unrelated incidents throughout the world.
Mind MGMT takes paranoia to a whole new level and then messes with your head by presenting everything in such a clear, logical, step-by-step analysis of what's happened so far, only to pull the rug out from under the reader at the end. Or is that really what Kindt did? The entire book seems to pull you in, get you involved, and then confuse the reader with smoke and mirrors.
The artwork is lovely, soft pastels which you wouldn't think would work in those sections detailing violence but it does. Memory is always hazy no matter how clear we think we remember our past -- what better way to illustrate a book about memory than with pastels with hints of water washing out the hard edges.
Interesting story which raises some concerns about how much we can trust our memories or believe what we know.