Man-Eaters #1, Image Comics

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Hauntingly vivid, Man-Eaters #1 (Image Comics) delivers a terrifying cautionary vision that raises the bar on what comic books can really accomplish. Moving and fierce at the same time, the first issue Man-Eaters does a fantastic job of establishing its dystopian premise.

A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl.

Here are 5 reasons why you should read Man-Eaters #1:

5) The Creative Team!

Chelsea Cain is a brilliant author and I am such a huge fan of her serial killer thriller, Heartsick. I love Kate Niemczyk’sartwork, which is why I collected both volumes of Mockingbird. This is such a great team-up of storytelling and illustrations; readers are in for a treat!

4) The Writing!

Chelsea Cain’s writing is quite impossible to ignore. Though the setting takes place in the future,  her riveting social commentary is a no-holds-barred reflection of modern times. Letterer Joe Caramagna does a great job highlighting Maude’s naive and foreboding narration.

3) The Artwork!

With certain panels, artist Kate Niemczyk does a lot of experimentation. In the opening pages, there is a hilarious and thought-provoking comic strip entitled, Tampon Woman, within the comic. Then there is the real-life issue of TIME to display the Killer Cats epidemic.

2) The Colors!

Colorist Rachelle Rosenberg has an eye-popping palette of primary tones. The use of primary tones is integral to the story because the perspective comes from an innocent 12-year-old-girl. Red is darkened to highlight the foreshadowing twist.

1) A Brilliant Read!

A fantastic first installment, Man-Eaters #1 is a brilliant combination of a terrifying future that has existed in the past, or exists today. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next!



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Man-Eaters #1 arrives in stores on September 26th, 2018.