Review: Mindset #1

Mindset #1

The impact of technology on modern society is a topic that seems to flair up and quickly die down. When tragedy strikes, we discuss how social media, video games, screen time as a whole, played into it. We act as if we’re controlled by the devices, though manipulated might be a better word. Mindset #1 explores that concept with a story about tech students who discover mind control, use it to help users break technology addiction, but might be actually controlling them.

Written by Zack Kaplan, Mindset #1 opens with a murder. It’s a perfect plot device as the series as a whole looks like it’s going to explore the death of choice by technology. We’re introduced to some of the key players who will go on to create an app that will lead to the eventual murder. It’s an interesting introduction with characters whose names I can’t remember but whose personalities I do clearly. There’s the failure of a brilliant tech geek who stumbles upon the discover that’ll make him and his friends all millionaires. There’s his friends who are all caught up in the technology around him. It all paints a picture of a rather sad, though realistic, world where reality is defined by what a screen tells us. It emphasizes the fairytales we devise and put out for public consumption. Kaplan is weaving an interesting indictment of the world we live in.

John Pearson handles the art with Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on lettering. The style of the comic is interesting presenting an almost dreamlike view of the world. It feels like a rather appropriate style for the comic capturing the fake reality that’s present. There’s an almost tv like quality about it all with a grainy aspect to the look of the comic. It’s a perfect look for both the nightmare that is the murder as well as the disconnect to what’s going on due to the addiction of technology.

Mindset #1 is an interesting debut that has a lot to say. It wraps up its examination of our state of being in a murder mystery with that too acting as an allegory for what’s going on. It’s a start that’ll get you to think. Not subtle at all, it’s entertaining and challenges readers to come up with their own opinion on the topics it touches upon. There’s potentially a very interesting story to come that’ll hopefully entertain and make readers think even more.

Story: Zack Kaplan Art: John Pearson Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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