Comics: Come Into Me #1 - Reviewed

Come into Me #1 from Black Mask Studios
New from Black Mask Studios is the impressive mind-bending horror/sci-fi comic Come into Me #1, which deftly combines the body horror of David Cronenberg’s ‘80s era films (The Fly, Scanners, Videodrome) with disturbing technology based tales from the TV series Black Mirror and films such as Other Halves. Featuring a mixture of graphic horror and trippy visuals, this is a comic that is surely not to be missed by fans of the sci-fi and horror genres.

Commenting on our current reliance on technology and social media, Come into Me examines our potential technological future and how the extremes could end up with terrifying consequences. In this dystopian future, doctor Sebastian Gillis has developed a new medical treatment called InBeing, allowing two minds to share one body. The ultimate goal is to use InBeing as a noninvasive surgery to fix brain injuries, hooking the brains together with a creepy looking umbilical cord or intestine-like device. Six months after an initial investor preview goes horribly wrong, Gillis is struggling to get things back on track with new test subjects. This brings us to him meeting Becky, a woman willing to pay to use the device as a form of entertainment. Gillis agrees on the condition that he is the one connected to her, since he has done it so many times before and his body is used to it.

The Dregs authors Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler do an excellent job of introducing both of these characters and the dystopian future that InBeing exists in, showing us the connection that Gillis and Becky have both before and after they share one body. They provide us with just enough to completely hook you and leave the first issue ending on a sufficient cliffhanger that will have readers clambering to see what happens next.

The pencils and ink from Piotr Kowalski (Image Comics' SEX) are the perfect choice for this body horror tale, with overly descriptive facial expressions and body movements, and heavy black shading and line work. The style is somewhat reminiscent of a slightly less manga version of Aeon Flux. The colors from Niko Guardia are especially impactful in the psychedelic scenes when the characters are sharing their minds with one body.

Come into Me is a terrific journey into the world of body horror. Fans of the horror or sci-fi genres, or anything else previously mentioned need to get their hands on this. With a dark and disturbing story and the great visuals complimenting it, this one is highly recommended.