Years back when I came up with a concept for a telepathic character, I came up with what I thought was a fairly unique approach to telepathy. The concept had telepathy as a sense, much like hearing. However, instead of hearing sound, the telepath would hear thoughts. Imagine for a moment that someone could hear the background chatter in your brain. The words you think as you’re about to speak… the annoyance you feel at yourself for saying something stupid… just an ongoing continual dialogue. This wasn’t a deep delving into someone’s mind to learn their innermost secrets. Instead, it was chatter. It was all the little things people think to themselves. Their impulses. Their hopes. Their fears. Everything.
I was rather surprised when I started reading Of 2 Minds to see this concept had taken form in this story of telepathic twins who, for the first time in their lives, are going to be apart. I found some discrepancies in the story as Thea and Damon were described as being incredibly close and constantly in each other’s minds… and yet Damon managed to conceal the fact he would be remaining in Europe from his sister. Indeed, later in the comic Thea comments to herself how if everyone was telepathic, there’d be no lies and no deceptions, which seems to run counter to Damon’s ability to keep secrets from his sister.
I found the start of Chapter 2 to be more interesting, and this was when I started to really enjoy the story. The introduction of Gabe, Damon’s friend and an apparent ex-boyfriend of Thea, gave us an interesting glimpse into the mind of a non-telepath who knows his thoughts are being read, and of his self-disgust at how stupid his thoughts sound to him (and in his mind, to Thea). It suggests at the isolation that telepaths may feel among normal people, even those who are their friends and have been exposed to them for years. Hopefully the story will focus more on the aspects of Thea’s isolation, and of being aware of the fears and misconceptions of those around her. Still, it seems likely that much of the story will focus on the siblings as they slowly drift apart, and their fears and concerns during this time of growth.