Comics: Come Into Me #2 - Reviewed

New from Black Mask Studios is the impressive mind-bending horror/sci-fi comic Come into Me #2, 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.

In issue one, The Dregs authors Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler introduced us to Gillis and Becky and their connection that both before and after they share one body. The cliffhanger in issue one saw Becky trapped inside of the body of Gillis after her body died. Issue two sees Gillis working on a way to extract her into a potential harddrive, while Becky takes control of his body when she feels that it is beneficial to them both. The body horror is out of this world in this new issue, as we start to see the disturbing toll that this procedure has been taking on Gillis. Issue 2 ends on a pretty big cliffhanger that should leave readers looking forward to seeing 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. There are also two excellent splash pages that illustrate that drive home what Gillis is going through, as well as the potential ramifications. 

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.