Man-Eaters, Vol. 2
Twelve-year-old, Maude, has a case of puberty-induced pantherism, a missing friend, a detective dad who thinks she may be a killer, a mom with a big secret, a unicorn hiding in her bedroom, and a plan to overthrow the patriarchy.From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking and Eisner-nominated series Mockingbird, this trade paperback collects the second arc of the unconventional coming-of-age tale--including the mental hygiene guide for girls, "WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME AND HOW CAN IT BE STOPPED?"Collects MAN-EATERS #5-8

Man-Eaters, Vol. 2 Details

TitleMan-Eaters, Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534313095
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Feminism, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

Man-Eaters, Vol. 2 Review

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    While the plot doesn't really progress in this second volume, it's still super entertaining! I love the design/layout and the propaganda is amazing. The last issue in this volume is a collection of satirical propaganda that has nothing to do with the plot of the story (as was the case with volume one).The strength of this series is the team work of its creators, the plot is really enhanced by the graphic design.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm getting the feeling that this series will be a much better read as a whole rather than waiting for each issue month to month. The storytelling gets weirder, less straightforward. Issue #8 is once again an in-universe piece of propaganda with ads, games, magazine pieces and such, and it was slightly more interesting than #4, but it's still filler and I don't care for it. It does nothing to move the main story forward and should in all fairness just be back matter in paperback volumes, or at l I'm getting the feeling that this series will be a much better read as a whole rather than waiting for each issue month to month. The storytelling gets weirder, less straightforward. Issue #8 is once again an in-universe piece of propaganda with ads, games, magazine pieces and such, and it was slightly more interesting than #4, but it's still filler and I don't care for it. It does nothing to move the main story forward and should in all fairness just be back matter in paperback volumes, or at least released as separate special issues a la Lazarus Sourcebooks and such. I'm still torn because I want to support Chelsea Cain and the artists involved in the series, and I still really like the general idea of the book, but the way it's structured and told right now kills any momentum from issue to issue and I really want this series to be complete before reading it. I guess I have some time to think what I want to do with it before the next issue is released in June.
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    The black humour, the savage yet wry satire of gendered marketing and unfair dress codes, the amazing use of mixed-media elements, are if anything even more pronounced than in the first volume of the teen werepanther series. But when it comes to the widespread sentiment that maybe it was premature to poise the story after three issues for a whole issue of an in-universe publication? Well, they've decided to increase the fucking thing. Which may be frustrating, but you can't deny it's on-brand.(E The black humour, the savage yet wry satire of gendered marketing and unfair dress codes, the amazing use of mixed-media elements, are if anything even more pronounced than in the first volume of the teen werepanther series. But when it comes to the widespread sentiment that maybe it was premature to poise the story after three issues for a whole issue of an in-universe publication? Well, they've decided to increase the fucking thing. Which may be frustrating, but you can't deny it's on-brand.(Edelweiss ARC)
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  • Lauren Archer
    January 1, 1970
    This has quickly become one of my favorite series. So extremely smart.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This series is so clever and tongue in cheek I can't help but love it! The epistolary style is super interesting and really adds to the whole package. This volume includes paper dolls, a card game and more. For a story about girls starting their periods and transforming into man-eating werepanthers it is surprisingly relevant and oh so timely. The "inkblot" test using blood on panty liners was absolutely brilliant, shocking and hilarious. This is a very bloody series, both menstrual and from the This series is so clever and tongue in cheek I can't help but love it! The epistolary style is super interesting and really adds to the whole package. This volume includes paper dolls, a card game and more. For a story about girls starting their periods and transforming into man-eating werepanthers it is surprisingly relevant and oh so timely. The "inkblot" test using blood on panty liners was absolutely brilliant, shocking and hilarious. This is a very bloody series, both menstrual and from the cat attacks, so if that makes you queasy you might want to give this one a pass, but you would be missing out on a smart, feminist, thought-provoking series.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first volume, which showed a lot of promise. But this one is just weird and it really doesn't do much to advance the story at all. Still, lots of tongue-in-cheek humor here about adolescence and puberty and the differences between boys and girls, and issue #8, which is more of a handbook, complete with games, profiles, etc., really must have taken some work to pull off. I think I might have admired this more than I really liked it, if that makes any sense.
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  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Still really loving this series. The world-building is creative and clever and the plot seems interesting. My only wish is that the story would advance some. It’s very slow-moving, and part of that is that the 4th issue of this volume (and volume 1) doesn’t have any plot at all, and is just more world-building materials like games and magazine articles. Still a fun and inventive story—I just want more!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read. The ads and the textbooks give a lot of life to the story.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Another full issue of propaganda at the end? 🙄 Also maybe lost on the tiny bit of plot? Worth the read for the existentialist talk in the girl's bathroom, though. Will read Volume 3 but......
  • Tabrizia Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you +Edelweiss and Image Comics for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.I'm still amazed at how wonderful and creative this new series is. It just hits also the stereotypes that girls and women have to face dealing with their bodies but in a humorous and serious way. I can't wait to read more of this great series!
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  • Katie Oswald
    January 1, 1970
    Freaking fantastic!
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    This creative team continues to slay with this incredibly feminist book.
  • Hanneleele
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this as much as the first volume.
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: mentions of violent maulings by wild animals, blood, gun violenceMan-Eaters continues to highlight the impossible standards that girls are subjected to, as well as society's obsession with protecting masculinity. In this volume, one of Maude's classmates has turned into a big cat, and the missing girl is a big hole of a question mark that has everybody on edge. They are being monitored even more, and the fear of an attack has increased. Meanwhile, Maude has yet to have a discussion wit Warnings: mentions of violent maulings by wild animals, blood, gun violenceMan-Eaters continues to highlight the impossible standards that girls are subjected to, as well as society's obsession with protecting masculinity. In this volume, one of Maude's classmates has turned into a big cat, and the missing girl is a big hole of a question mark that has everybody on edge. They are being monitored even more, and the fear of an attack has increased. Meanwhile, Maude has yet to have a discussion with her father (who suspects she has turned too), and about her and her friends shunning the estrogen-laced products that they are all supposed to have. As usual, the last chapter is fully dedicated to in-universe ads that highlight just how ridiculous companies have become over this outbreak, and honestly I don't have enough words to go into how perfect they are for the tone of the book. There's an UNO-like card game with cards having tampons, lemon, etc, a propaganda-filled school activity game that is 'not a game' meant to scare all the uterus-havers into compliance. But the biggest bombshell is dropped at the end of Ch 7, and while I love this series even with its jokes and slapstick comedy, and its bare-bones plot that doesn't advance much, I did welcome that development very much! Oh, and one final thing I liked - they did acknowledge trans kids in this one, something that was missing (outright, at least) from the first volume.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    A second trade volume in this inventive series, where a female population is being treated with hormones in their water so they don't become menstrual – at which point they might turn into werepanthers and gobble people up. Yes, this won't mean much if you haven't jumped on board at the first book, but it also means you're getting half a story, as once again a huge splodge of non-diegetic nonsense is added too. The whole book is peppered with game cards, in-universe posters and adverts, pointles A second trade volume in this inventive series, where a female population is being treated with hormones in their water so they don't become menstrual – at which point they might turn into werepanthers and gobble people up. Yes, this won't mean much if you haven't jumped on board at the first book, but it also means you're getting half a story, as once again a huge splodge of non-diegetic nonsense is added too. The whole book is peppered with game cards, in-universe posters and adverts, pointless covers to pointless short stories by characters, and once more the entire fourth issue is of this ilk, totally ignoring the fact WE JUST WANT THE FLIPPING STORY, THANK YOU. Someone here offers juvenilia poetry with the line "I do not expect for this to be your favourite book" – well, you can guarantee it won't with this stuff and nonsense, even if we might want it to be. Just have the conviction you're giving us a fully-wrought universe without this faff and get on with it. All the extras are extraneous, narratively, and the paucity of plot within these covers makes me wonder if the padding is disguising the emperor's new clothes.
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  • Christine Brunt
    January 1, 1970
    I was disappointed by the limited plot development in this volume. I appreciated how this volume mentioned the existence of trans people with periods, but I was still disappointed with the representation. For example, the term "transgendered" was used, which is outdated and offensive. Instead of saying that students with vaginas must undergo the puberty check, the text referred to "female students — and any males with female sex organs", which ignored the existence of non-binary students. I appr I was disappointed by the limited plot development in this volume. I appreciated how this volume mentioned the existence of trans people with periods, but I was still disappointed with the representation. For example, the term "transgendered" was used, which is outdated and offensive. Instead of saying that students with vaginas must undergo the puberty check, the text referred to "female students — and any males with female sex organs", which ignored the existence of non-binary students. I appreciated the world building, such as learning more about the puberty check. Before attending classes each day, Maude and her classmates had to visit the school clinic wherein their "puberty was monitored, catalogued, and scrutinized". However, I wanted more world-building and plot development, instead of the multi-page description of the period card game.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissOnce again, I just really wish this was better than it actually is. I like the general idea, the art and layouts are great, and the in-universe propaganda is spot on ...but the whole plot still seems both incredibly convoluted and also barely there at the same time. I feel like almost no plot progression is made because each volume is really only 3 issues since the 4th issue is always an in-universe magazine type thing that, while incredibly clev I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissOnce again, I just really wish this was better than it actually is. I like the general idea, the art and layouts are great, and the in-universe propaganda is spot on ...but the whole plot still seems both incredibly convoluted and also barely there at the same time. I feel like almost no plot progression is made because each volume is really only 3 issues since the 4th issue is always an in-universe magazine type thing that, while incredibly clever, should really just be an extra in the TPB and not a whole issue in and of itself. Also I get what the author is doing from a satirical standpoint but when you think about it too much it still doesn't really make sense. I'm so confused as to what they think they are actually accomplishing by delaying puberty in an entire generation of girls. I mean ...are humans just going to die out because girls can't go through puberty anymore? I don't know. I gave this a fair chance but at this point I think I'm just going to have to stop reading it.
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  • Tatiana Pérez
    January 1, 1970
    Este segundo sigue el patrón del primer tomo: tres números de cómic y un cuarto número con publicidad y otros contenidos sobre este mundo distópico. ¡Y en esta ocasión ofrecen varios juegos sobre el panterismo y la menstruación!La historia me sigue pareciendo interesante, incluso si solo vemos la parte más dura a través de la publicidad, y tengo ganas de saber cómo cerrarán la historia en el tercer tomo. ¡Compra segura! :)
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  • Gaz Watson
    January 1, 1970
    I love the story, love the humor, but I wish there was more story than there is, most pages of this volume were fake adverts, made up card games, and all manner of other stuff. I paid for a comic, I’d like the comic to be a comic. Literally over half of this is crap that the writers probably thought was really funny, but it wears thin when there’s more of this crap than the actual story.
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this comic series but I wish there was more story and far less paraphernalia from the world the characters live in. After reading the first volume I thought they were just trying to set up the world that the story took place in but I have now realized that this the style of the story.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    3.5This volume was a little bit confusing... I still absolutely love the premise and style of this series. But I spent most of this one just looking like the personification of a WTF emoji.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    More clever than in-depth.
  • Hazel
    January 1, 1970
    PANTHERISM ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO LEAVE THEIR HUSBANDS KILL THEIR CHILDREN PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT DESTROY CAPITALISM AND BECOME LESBIANS. Nice.
  • S.
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait for the next volume!
  • Andrea Vega
    January 1, 1970
    Confusing, aún con potencial. Ya veremos los próximos volúmenes. Sigue sin encantarme la estructura de 4 grapas donde 1 es un filler.
  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    Did not understand this.
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