Every Me, Every You: Come Into Me #1 Review
Story: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Colors: Niko Guardia
Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Covers: Piotr Kowalski, Devmalya Pramanik
Production Artist: Phil Smith
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Let’s get … connected.
Come Into Me #1 is a quiet winner and the first issue of what I hope will be a new take on viscera with a topical twist, featuring a world where we’re more in each other’s lives than we’ve ever been. For all the dubious good it’s doing us.
It’s harder and harder to consistently find comics where the art is doing what it’s supposed to do: expand the narrative. Come Into Me appears to be well aware, and is doing its best to let Kowalski’s art do some successful heavy lifting. While some of the dialogue is built to formula, the art carries the issue – and I much prefer it that way.
There are some great 9-panel grids whose vignettes evoke the body horror genre the creators are homaging, a wonderful series of reflective pages between Sebastian and Becky, and some finely detailed backgrounds to keep the comic feeling rich. Thoughtful detail abounds, from a three-panel series of Dr. Gillis peering deep into Becky’s ear to tracking light sources from panel to panel. Guardia’s colors add some softness and depth to the guts and gore. It’s hard work to create seamlessly graded backgrounds and bloody viscera, much less layered directly on top of each other, but the team nails it. Ferrier’s letters are narrow, which give the narrative an aptly claustrophobic feel, and the balloons are really well-crafted and placed.
I enjoy looking at the comic so much I almost don’t care where it’s going, but Thompson and Nadler appear to be setting up a good playground for our gory little minds to romp in. The first issue’s focus is tied tightly to Becky and Sebastian’s first intermingling, so it’s hard to imagine what can be coming from the meta-narrative, but Come Into Me delivers what you want in a first issue: intriguing world-building, lush art and good scaffolding to build on. Well done.