Heroes & Villains – The Body Horror of ‘Come Into Me’

It’s (American) Thanksgiving Eve here in addition to being New Comic Book Day and I’ve almost made it through my backlog of unread books from the last two weeks. After making a sizable dent in my pile I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to drop some books from my pull list.

Dropping books is always a difficult decision for me because I hate having to give up on a book. What usually happens is creative teams change and I don’t care for the new direction the story is going in…but I don’t realize that right away. What once was an enjoyable title makes its way to the bottom of my reading list and before I know it, I have a pile of unread issues that I never intend on reading. Anyways, I chopped a couple of books from my list this week….but added s few more! Balance!

On to the new stuff!

814783._SX312_QL80_TTD_Come Into Me – Collected Paperback
Lonnie Nader & Zac Thompson (W)
Piotr Kowalski (A)
Black Mask Studios

I don’t know about you, but I like to get ready for Thanksgiving by downing a big heaping portion of body horror. It helps to keep the desire to overeat in check.

Out today from Black Mask Studios is the collected edition of Come Into Me which has to be read to be believed. Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials.

Personally, I wouldn’t paint myself as any kind of horror aficionado. I would say that I have a healthy appreciation of the genre, I know what I like and what I don’t. When it comes to things I like, I’ve decided that all good horror stories have the same thing in common…they stick without. I found Come Into Me to be a compelling read, I hadn’t intended to read the entire collection in one sitting but I ended up devouring the entire thing. After that, I kept thinking about it.

The concept of having someone in my head is horrifying enough and I couldn’t even conceive of having a technology that would allow that, let along what happens when something goes terribly wrong. That’s where all the real horror starts with Nader and Thompson’s story, the technical details of the mind sharing technology are mercifully absent from the story (had they been present, the book may have had more of a sci-fi flavour) and more time is spent on the fascinating aspect of having a stranger poking around in your memories. Piotr Kowalski’s artwork is inventive, gnarly, and perfectly suited for this book. The visualization of the internal world of the protagonists is illustrated perfectly.

Come Into Me also includes some interesting essays as part of the collected edition. If you’re a horror fan looking for something new, check this book out…just make sure it’s after dinner.

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