Title: Man-Eaters #3
Writer: Chelsea Cain
Art: Kate Niemczyk
Cover: Lia Miternique
Release Date: November 28, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “A VISIT FROM AUNT FLO,” Day Three Maude suspects that the cat lady downstairs may be part of a cult. The toilet is clogged by a strange blockage in the septic system. And a recent spat of deadly mauling attacks takes its toll on the community. Plus: bonus backmatter featuring art and words by smart, angry teens!”
S.C.A.T. is still tracking the cat responsible for the recent attacks, but the team is stumped when the trail runs cold. Of course, no one listens to the small town cop, because, well the government knows everything, right? Back on the home front, Maude is dealing with her cycle as best she can, given that she’s technically a fugitive from the government. Just your average day in a mildly-apocalyptic-future where the government controls women’s reproductive health…wait a second…
Chelsea Cain does it again! Man-Eaters #3 is another biting issue of pop-culture-relevancy-proportions! Cain finds a way to craft a faced paced story while peppering the comic with dozens of pop culture references. Cain develops Maude’s character into a badass leader of rebellious female teens, raising the stakes of the series considerably. Man-Eaters #3 continues to tackle current issues with a head on approach, unmasking the demons in our society, all while developing Maude’s personal story. With a bit more backstory this issue, we can see a larger story developing within the series, one which I am looking forward to reading.
Because sometime words aren’t enough, Kate Niemczyk’s art brings Cain’s script together. Not only does Niemczyk create the action in Man-Eaters, but she peppers in all kinds of pop culture references that rounds out Cain’s script. I’m talking about you, Blockbusters t-shirt from my youth. Niemczyk’s art also provides its own narrative, that complements the script, but also provides a secondary narrative grounded in the present sociopolitical climate.
The Bottom Line:
Man-Eaters #3 is the series’ finest issue thus far. Chelsea Cain’s script is smart and biting, relevant and packed with pop-culture. Similarly, Kate Niemczyk’s art provides a stunning visual story, adding layers to the series.