Title: Man-Eaters #5
Words: Chelsea Cain
Art: Kate Niemczyk
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Published: January 30, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “RAGTIME GOSPEL” Twelve-year-old girls fight the patriarchy. Because someone has to.
Maude’s story from teenage girl to leader of a rebellion continues to unfold. Across town, Maude’s parents makes a strange discovery about the werepanther.
Chelsea Cain’s story and script continues to explore the world of Man-Eaters while also addressing critical social issues. Man-Eaters #5 begins to delve into the daily issues facing Maude and her group of revolutionaries. The government and other social structures play a large role in this issue as Cain brings in new problems like missing girls. Though Man-Eaters #5 lacks action, Cain’s script is crafted in such a way to keep readers intrigued. Cain builds a story that is socially relevant, carefully examining the framework of our present society through Maude’s story. I cannot praise this series, characters, and story enough.
Kate Niemczyk continues the subtle, subliminal messaging in the artwork. From graffiti symbols to details in the scenery, Niemczyk’s art points towards the impending revolution. Niemczyk’s art both depicts Cain’s script and nudges readers to join Maude’s cause.
The Bottom Line
Man-Eaters #5 is another intensely satisfying issue. Chelsea Cain strikes the perfect balance between backstory and forward action, moving the story in an intriguing new direction.