"Come Into Me #4" 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 November 28th, 2018
How long can two souls exist in the same body? Well, in this case, we're about to find out, as Sebastian's body is starting to fall apart. It can't handle the stress of two people wrestling for control, so it's started mutating in some horrific ways. If he doesn't figure out a way to get rid of his extra passenger, they're both going to die.
I had to wonder how the body horror series Come Into Me was going to wrap up. I can safely say that I did not come anywhere close to predicting what the creators have put together. This is one of the most unsettling comics from the very first page, mostly due to Sebastian's sickly nature. He's turned a jaundiced yellow and a haunting face has grown on his stomach. This second face looks like it's carved out of the side of a tree.
Colorist Niko Guardia amps up the revolting nature of Sebastian. Everything about him is disturbing, but it really comes down to his creepy skin. If you saw him walking down the street, you'd do whatever you could to avoid him and then take a shower as soon as you could, even if you didn't touch him. Sebastian is rushing to try and figure out a solution in his dimly lit office. His yellowing skin looks even more sickly in the glow of computer monitors and low lights.
This issue bounces between the struggle in the real world and the one in Sebastian's head. Linda, the woman that is sharing his body, is fighting for control as she sees her life coming to an end as well. There are several creepy scenes where the two are trying to move Sebastian's body and it kind of seizes up, like a ragdoll being pulled apart by a couple of kids.
We peek into the memories of both Sebastian and Linda, like we're watching old movies. Artist Piotr Kowalski creates some very unique panel layouts that work well with the existential nature of the story. It's a bizarre journey through the mind with glimpses of memories flying all over the place. This is the chronicle of someone's life and you learn so much about who each person is based on these brief snapshots.
There's a great effect on these flashback images that has appeared in every issue of Come Into Me. There's a kind of scratchy or blurry spot in most of them, like the details are a little vague there or you're watching a VHS tape with some bad tracking. Since these are memories, this is a perfect visual trick that plays with their very nature.
Letterer Ryan Ferrier amplifies the battle between Sebastian and Linda with their internal narration. The former tries to suppress the latter and every time she tries to speak, it comes up with a kind of grumble first, represented with some squiggly lines before the text comes out. It also helps that they're color-coded, so you can see who's saying what.
I could go on and on about Come Into Me, as it's easily one of the best horror comics of the year. This is a terrifying book and this final issue is gripping from beginning to end. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler have stretched the boundaries of this medium, creating something that I should not have read right before going to sleep.