Mindset #1
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Mindset #1

Writer: Zack Kaplan Artist: John Pearson Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: June 29, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
8.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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When an introverted tech geek accidentally discovers mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected - they put the science into an app to help users break their technology addiction. But as their Mindset app achieves a dangerous cult following, lies, conspiracies, and murder come to light. Are they helping people or controlling them?

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Steve Baxi May 24, 2022

    Mindset #1 is an uncompromising and engaging vision. A terrifying look in the dark mirror we all need. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jun 29, 2022

    Mindset isn't your standard psychological thriller. In fact, it turns the entire genre on its head, introducing a wildly fresh take on mind control and the dangers of social media and influencer marketing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jun 18, 2022

    Mindset #1 is a form of brainwashing itself, drawing one in and leaving one with a desire for more. Between Kaplans excellent and well-plotted script, and Pearsons gorgeous and wildly interpretive style, Mindset is an intriguing start to a mystery steeped in a thematic question that leaves plenty to chew on. Like any good speculative fiction, it lodges a central question into the audiences minds and compels them to ponder the implications of the subject matter. The creative team works in perfect unison to play up that subjective view of reality and every element of the book influences the core question of how much our decisions are controlled by outside forces. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams May 24, 2022

    Honestly, this is fantastic. Striking, inventive and deeply relevant in today's technology-dependent world. And if this stellar first issue is anything to go by, this may end up being one of the true standouts in Vault's already impressive library of titles for quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Canham Jun 13, 2022

    The central concept of the sci-fi thriller, 'Mindset,' from writer Zack Kaplan encapsulates our modern, smartphone-driven culture so well. John J. Pearson's great art and Otsmane-Elhaou's amazing lettering add layers of depth and intrigue to the thought-provoking examination of what outside factors influence our free will. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 29, 2022

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Jul 1, 2022

    The artwork is an acquired taste, but it does its job well and it enhances a comic with a relevant and interesting message and believable characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 29, 2022

    Mindset has a lot going on here. Like, a real lot. I won't say more than it should for a first issue because it does handle everything well, but it's attempting to cover a lot of ground and dig into who our characters our with a heavy focus on Ben at the start here. And it's certainly intriguing and leaves you wanting to know a lot more about what's happening and how it plays out in the real world once they go live with. The setup is interesting with the origin of it all and I'm sure the murder side will make more sense later. I'm not a huge fan of the framing of the story in starting with the present at the murder and then going back to explore the characters, but it's a pretty regular one. Kaplan's script really digs into a lot of things here and Pearson's artwork is really good, though there's precious little in the way of bright sequences here and that adds to the oppressive sense of things. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 2, 2022

    Mindset is a unique reading experience. I suspect it will probably read better in a TP format and its slow pace may not be everyone's cup of tea. That being said, fans of cyberpunk and smart storytelling would do well to give it a try. Read Full Review

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