Title: Man-Eaters #2
Writer: Chelsea Cain
Artist: Kate Niemczyk
Cover: Lia Miternique
Publication Date: October 31, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “BLOOD WILL SPILL,” Day Two Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling.
The cat’s out of the bag in Man-Eaters #2. The unidentified feline is officially on a killing spree, claiming her second victim and Maude’s parents are on the hunt. Meanwhile, confused, menstruating Maude is the suffering through the symptoms of her impromptu cycle, unable to tell anyone what is happening to her. Is she the cat on the prowl? Or is there another rogue female? Stay tuned to find out!
Once again, Chelsea Cain finds a way to approach the taboo of menstruation without alienating readers. Cain strikes the balance between entertainment and satire, easing the reader in before dropping larger concepts into the script. The internal dialogue of Maude provides key insights into the fear surrounding monthly cycles in the series. Cain incorporates a list of successful women, all of whom existed during the centuries of menstruation, questioning the government’s meddling with nature. Again, Cain’s killer cat makes a guest appearance. Though we haven’t seen the cat ourselves, Maude’s father comes face-to-face with the feline, and we are left wondering if Maude is the culprit or if we are seeing some kind of government breakdown, whereby nature has restored the balance and multiple girls are potential cats. The threat of female menstruation is portrayed as humorous yet thought provoking, as is the prospect of a pack of feline females, roaming the streets in a pack. However, this image is countered by the threat of government intervention and detention, a universal image of oppression. By the end, we’re left wondering who is this killer cat? And more importantly, how is the Man-Eaters government going to deal with her if they catch her?
Kate Niemczyk’s art remains punchy and poignant. The issue is punctuated by panels with varying degrees of humor, which help to de-taboo the comic’s subject matter. My favorite of these panels was The Shinning, elevator flood of blood still. As a female reader, these panels are highly relatable, like Cain’s script for Maude’s internal dialogue, but the use of these somewhat universal images makes the comic accessible for all readers.
The Bottom Line:
Man-Eaters #2 continues to build on the momentum created in the first issue. Chelsea Cain has a sharp-witted script, full of dark humor. Working alongside Cain is Kate Niemczyk with her excellent artwork. Together the pair prove that menstruation can be tough, but we’re all in it together.