"Come Into Me #3" 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
Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 5th, 2018
Becky and Sebastian have never been closer. That's because they're literally sharing the same body. Now Becky is wrestling Sebastian for control, which is having some pretty disturbing effects. Come Into Me flips between frightening body horror and existential terrors of the mind. Get ready for a wild ride.
Although Sebastian is an overweight weirdo of sorts, he's used to being in a position of power as a tech guru. This makes his struggle within his own mind – and in turn, Becky's mind – all the more interesting. He's suddenly in a position where he has to fight for control and even to be seen. If he gives up, he could fade into the background of Becky's thoughts, allowing this woman he barely knows to run around in the world in his body.
Becky was able to get to this point by digging through Sebastian's memories and understanding what made him tick. Two can play that game as Becky is about to find out. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler take us through this crazy journey through the minds of both characters as Sebastian goes on the hunt.
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Where Come Into Me excels is in Piotr Kowalski's incredible artwork. He presents these complex concepts in such an interesting and unsettling way. You instantly know what's going on and you're creeped out by it. I absolutely love the effect that is put on some of the images that make them look like tracking on a bad VHS tape. This makes total sense, as memories aren't crystal clear. They're changed over time and details become hazy.
The visual representation of this thought battle is spectacular. Kowalski creates this trippy journey. At times it reminds me a bit of the hypnosis scenes in Get Out. There's a bit of that powerless flair at times, which definitely raises the tension.
The mind elements would be enough to make for an awesome read, but the creators are not done yet. They couple that with some cringe-worthy body horror that is so very unnerving. It's amazing to feel the shivers up your spine when you see something on a human being that just shouldn't be there. In this case, it starts small with these bulging, wrinkly veins on Sebastian's hand. This is a low-level scare factor that gets ratcheted up to 11 by the end of the book. I finished this issue with my mouth agape, as I couldn't believe what I was witnessing.
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This is amplified by Niko Guardia's colors, especially for the real world scenes. Sebastian's body (with Becky behind the wheel) looks diseased. The eyes are sunken and sickly. He's sweating so much. There's this really disturbing scene where he's trying to pick up women at a bar for a reason that becomes obvious. With every turn of the page he looks more and more desperate. No one in their right mind would ever go someplace with him alone.
It could be tough to tell who's driving Sebastian at times, but fortunately, letterer Ryan Ferrier has you covered. When Becky is speaking, the word balloons have a red outline around them. This is a nice effect that gives the dialogue a slightly more threatening intonation, particularly in the aforementioned bar scenes. You know that her intentions are no good so you look at her speech in a different manner.
Come Into Me was already a solid horror title, but this issue catapults it to new heights. It is hands down one of the scariest comics of the year and it's not over yet. I cannot wait to see how this wraps up.