Written by Jim McCann. Drawn by Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback.
Due to the nature of the work, this review may be considered spoiler-ific. Also, references to Elle is to Elle in the Garden, the quasi-Purgatory of MtG.
The big mystery to me isn’t who tried to kill Elle, but why? Elle’s most remarkable attribute is having upper-middle or upper-class parents. Elle is an actress, but not a superstar or a rising star. Elle doesn’t seem to be a nice person even if she had never been a victim. I wonder when a ransom will come into play.
Also, where’s the media coverage for the assault? It’s almost implausible that we see no news reports from the New York City media. However, it could be implied that the Peterssens would want to avoid the press and keep the situation mum.
Anyway, this issue starts with a fractured re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. Elle dreams that she’s in the classic story, but she’s holding a picnic basket of needles with a pack of wolves in gray hoodies behind her. Before Elle awakens back to the Garden, she decides to fight back.
Throughout the issue, Elle becomes more proactive in her quest to find out who assaulted her. She ejects Bobby and Dr. Crenshaw from her Garden home, resents her comatose body, takes herself back to the original incident via wall touch, and remembers Jo’s number. Just before Elle can fully project her attacker on the wall and get a look at his face, she’s interrupted by a girl who pleas for Elle’s help.
After Dr. Crenshaw’s gone, the wolf motifs are absent. Hmm.
Now I’ll take a look at some highlighted characters:
Is arrested at the end of the issue. This event appears to line up with the final pages of #3, but Dane is in denial while the person in #3 was ready to “finally” step forward. The person who’s holds the evidence to Dane’s alleged confession is an older gentleman with similar facial features to Dane. He could be Dane’s father.
I suspect the person in #3 who happens to have a picture of Dane and Elle to be Dane’s twin.
He’s first shown with a pillow over Elle’s face, conveniently enough. But soon he’s putting the pillow under Elle. While he’s a pompous jerk, I haven’t noticed anything yet that would make him complicit in his sister’s assault.
He listens to Dr. Geller as she tells him that she won’t touch the Peterssen case any longer. He met Megan the receptionist earlier who told him “the Chief” would like to see him. There’s a suitcase on his office desk and it’s the same suitcase taken from Dr. Crenshaw in issue #1.
Finally, Hammond’s on the phone peering through a half-open door. Hammond is probably the doctor preparing to inject the needle onto Elle in #3.
She lied to Hammond. She sics her aide, Frankie, on Megan to find out more about the Elle Peterssen case. She appears to be more concerned with stopping Hammond than saving Elle. An ongoing rivalry, perhaps?
Oh, well, so many pieces to the puzzle. Don’t forget that Mind the Gap #5 is out 26 September along with Morning Glories. Oooh, I hope no one goes crazy from the mystery.
Tags: Image Comics