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MAN-EATERS: THE CURSED #1 Review

Dave reviews the first issue of Image Comics MAN-EATERS: THE CURSED praising the “great writing and art” in what he calls a solid first issue.

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Man-Eaters: The Cursed #1 (Image Comics)

Man-Eaters The Cursed #1 is published by Image Comics, written by Chelsea Cain, art by Kate Niemcyzk and Lia Miternique. #1 is out now direct from Image Comics or from your local comic book shops. Also available in digital format you can download from the usual content providers.

Synopsis

MAN-EATERS: THE CURSED reunites the original MAN-EATERS creative team for another tale of adolescent feminist derring-do and supernatural hijinks. Maude, now 15, is sent to Craft Camp for the week. It goes south pretty quickly. Smart, laugh-out-loud funny, provocative, referential, scary, chock-full of ephemera, and compulsively re-readable. Plus, fairies. [ADVISORY: Do not read this book while you are actually camping.]

Review

Time for something a little different. Man-Eaters isn’t my normal go to style of comic. It’s not something I’d normally pick up on first glance, I am however glad I did as I enjoyed the story.

Chelsea Cain brings a relatable story of teenage angst and rebellion as Maud goes on a journey finding out her true self, who knew summer camp could be so eventful?

The book is a mixture of coming of age story with dark tones but also some light comedy thrown in for good measure. Loved the two unlikely main characters Maud and hapless Burt who form an unlikely alliance to get through the torment of Summer Camp. A great introduction for me into the world of Maneaters making me want to look further into the story arc as towards the end the book started to look at things were about to get a whole lot darker.

I was pleasantly surprised by this comic, honestly I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did as it is out of my normal comfort zone but found it interestingly different. Cain’s writing style makes the story feel relatable, something the reader can mentally connect with which is a great thing for a book to do. The art style from Niemcyzk and Miternique was good – no spoilers but I especially liked certain aspects of it later in the book, a great use of colours and tones to really make the pages pop.

Verdict

All in all I found Man-Eaters a good story of relatable content and a story that makes you want to find out what’s next, overall great writing and art combining to make a good solid comic.


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