Mind MGMT #4 from Dark Horse Comics, written and drawn by Matt Kindt, finally introduces the mysterious Henry Lyme in this first peek behind the curtain.

To date, the Immortals have been pursuing Meru across the globe in her quest to track down Henry who has left a psychic trail of bread crumbs for her. Now that she has trekked into the jungles of GuangZhou, Henry is ready to tell his story.

First off, Kindt writes a story that’s less like a mystery and more like the magnetic pull of the poles. Your brain migrates at a natural pace towards knowledge unfolding rather than feeling the compulsion to skip ahead to see what the big secret is. He’s one of the few writer’s that deserves his own genre because his style has an alluring, hypnotic quality to it that makes time meaningless while reading his work.

This style works well as Henry tells Meru his story of being a young, talented boy to his indoctrination to Mind MGMT to his final disillusionment with where it led him. And what an amazing story it is! Every urban legend out there (and a few new ones) show Mind MGMT’s involvement in global affairs. If the truth was stranger than fiction, Kindt has hit the nail on the head.

Interspersed with this tale is the slight references to the Immortals and how they are able to elude death, which works wonderfully with the pacing as the reader starts to remember that they are not far behind Meru. Slowly, they come creeping back into the story, setting up a showdown for the next issue.

While great praise goes to Kindt’s writing talents, one mustn’t forget that his artwork’s casual rendering creates an entirely surreal atmosphere that continues to place the reader in a dreamy place where the mood is everything. Just look into the mirror lenses of Henry Lyme’s sunglasses to be hypnotized and slightly mesmerized by his story from a visual standpoint.

His artwork work perfectly in tandem with Henry as he talks about falling in love while training, creating that dream within a dream quality that Poe speaks of in his poetry. At the end, Lyme questions whether he made his wife fall in love with him, and the reader can’t help but feel his doubt because of each panel feeling like a dream that one wishes would be real, but knows only exists in the deepest parts of our mind connected to the heart.

Having said that, Mind MGMT #5 couldn’t come any sooner. Kindt’s highly immersive tales create a side effect similar to withdrawal. While each issue to date has been a careful study in pieces of the puzzle, one can’t help to feel that a look at the entire puzzle will yield as many answers as it poses new questions.

This satisfying feeling is something that most writers aren’t capable of delivering. Readers want their cake and to eat it too, but Kindt manages to keep reader’s satisfied with something abstract and intangible. To date, Mind MGMT is the only series I have rated at an A level for every issue, and it continues to garner every bit of that with this one.