Here’s the thing about making the weekly Wednesday run to your local comic book shop: even though there are hundreds of new and great comic books, graphic novels and sequential art books to choose from on the store shelves, you’re still bound to miss something really interesting.
No. It’s not because the comic shop has sold out of a popular release, or that they forgot to order a hipster-in-the-know one-shot. Nope. It’s because, as I’m sure you’re very much aware, all the great stuff in this art form doesn’t necessarily see print these days.
And that’s why today, I’m suggesting you stay home. Instead of hitting the busy downtown corridor, hit the internet superhighway and make your way to Dark Horse Digital.
For the past few weeks, Dark Horse Comics, via their digital site, has been offering free prequel issues to MIND MGMT, writer and illustrator Matt Kindt’s (3 Story, Super Spy, Revolver) latest work. Free? Prequels? Digital? It’s a pretty neat way to generate some buzz about a series you’ll find on the comic book shelves next week.
Until then, you can download (free!), three issues that will give you the backstory to the top secret Mind Management organization. In the world of MIND MGMT, memories can be erased, advertising is hypnotic, dolphins can talk, psychics are used as weapons and reality itself can be rewritten!
Each of the three free digital downloads gives a glimpse into the forthcoming monthly series: a soviet mind operative out to eliminate MIND MGMT’s top agent; the investigation of a serial killer who leaves no clues; and the founding of the MIND MGMT organization during the early part of the twentieth century.
If you’re a fan of Lost, Philip K. Dick, 100 Bullets, Heart of Darkness or Akira, you’re sure to enjoy MIND MGMT. Bold words, no? Did I mention the prequel issues are free?
Make the digital run this Wednesday and download Matt Kindt’s fascinating story – and his amazing watercolour artwork – to your phone, ipad or computer. Your mind will definitely be thankful!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!