"Come Into Me #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Black Mask Studios
Written by Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Illustrated by Piotr Kowalski
Colored by Niko Guardia
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 2nd, 2018
Picture a technology where you can inhabit another person's mind for a brief amount of time. You can sift through their memories and nothing would be secret. It's the closest you can possibly be to another human being and then you can return to your own body having shared this unique experience. Now imagine you do that and your body dies, trapping you in the other person, along with their mind. That's where this issue of Come Into Me starts and it is some really creepy stuff.
Sebastian pioneered this technology that allows for the mind meld, and his company is floundering. If he doesn't get the right funding soon, he'll lose everything. That's why he took such a risky gamble by using it with a somewhat unknown woman to get a quick buck. Now she's dead and riding around in his head. You've heard of people talking to themselves or hearing voices. That is literally the case with Sebastian, as there's an entire other personality in his head.
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The really terrifying parts of Come Into Me come when the two wrestle for control of Sebastian's body. Imagine suddenly becoming a passenger in your own skin, powerless to do anything as someone else moves your arms and legs, saying things that you weren't thinking. That is a chilling thought that is eerily illustrated by artist Piotr Kowalski both internally and externally.
To the outside world, it looks like Sebastian had a small stroke at first. Half of his face becomes limp and lopsided. His body shifts into awkward, uncomfortable positions as the control shifts from Sebastian to this woman. (I will apologize now because I cannot for the life of me remember her name.) This connection is having strange effects on the body that will send a shiver down your spine.
Internally, Kowalski captures this frightening feeling of isolation as Sebastian floats away within his own body. It's a bit like that hypnosis scene in Get Out where the main character is just falling into nothingness. Sebastian looks like he's drowning, being snuffed out within his mind as someone else steers the ship. These panels are presented with no dialogue or narration, so it's like he's entirely cut off.
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From the woman's perspective, this is a huge opportunity. She could go from being a sickly, ignored person to someone with actual power. She is figuring things out from within and exploring Sebastian's thoughts and memories, exposing some of his most embarrassing and traumatizing moments. Although he puts on a gruff exterior, he's a rather fragile man and this experience could send him into a downward spiral. This makes for the perfect setup for her to take control.
Come Into Me is the most unsettling comic I've read this year. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler have crafted something that gets under your skin by design. The very thought of becoming a prisoner in your own body is horrifying. This book plays with that concept in a very intriguing way. You're not going to get something like jump scares in Come Into Me. Instead you'll get a horror comic that will scare you to your core. This is taking body horror to a new level.