By Garrett Hanneken
This comic feels like a ticking time bomb. A time bomb that, quite literally, dwells in the mind.
As we pick up from last issue’s cliffhanger, Sebastian, the creator of Inbeing, now shares the mind of the recently deceased Becky. There are multiple conflicts that are presented in this issue, and they are handled well by setting up what’s to come. First, Sebastian is having troubles controlling his own mind as Becky interferes. Second, there is the issue of what to do with Becky’s deceased body. Lastly, Becky’s cancer appears to be spreading onto Sebastian.
With that being noted, the many vital conflicts presented further established the ticking time bomb allegory I mentioned earlier. With a crucial need to resolve each issue as fast as possible, I found myself genuinely interested to keep reading. Which is an extremely important aspect to have in a story: grasping the audience’s attention.
Again, the story couldn’t have been as effective if it wasn’t for the artwork. As the panels transition between reality and the mind, the reader is reminded of the dire consequences at hand. For instance, the panels that take place in the mind are able to enrich Sebastian’s loss of control as he is seen drowning in water while other panels augment danger by reminding us of Becky’s cancer. Another touch that I admired was when Becky took over Sebastian’s body the word bubbles had a red outline color that mimicked the color of her narrative boxes; a great example of show, don’t tell.
With all the positives, I still have questions about the idea of sharing minds. As two people share minds wouldn’t it be a frightful consequence if the other is able to take over someone’s body? Since this idea is being pitched as a business standpoint, that question is something to consider. Another question I have isn’t as pertinent, but why would Sebastian speak out loud to someone that is inside his mind? This made me think that his word bubbles should’ve been narrative boxes when he is talking to Becky. Regardless, these are not hindering the story in any major way, but are just some minute details that could be addressed.
Continuing after an outstanding first issue, Come Into Me furthers its horrific concept with both art and story structure. This title doesn’t appear to be slowing down the pace in any way as the consequences become increasingly terrifying and paramount.
Come Into Me #2
Black Mask Studios