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Man-Eaters, Vol. 1

(Man-Eaters #1-4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,595 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Adolescent girls can be real monsters. Maude is twelve—which is just about that age when some girls turn into flesh-eating wildcats. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude begins to worry that she might be the killer. From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking Eisner-nominated series Mockingbird, this trade paperback ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published February 27th 2019
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: image-comics, comics
After the brilliant but short-lived run on Marvel's Mockingbird I was ready to read anything else by Chelsea Cain, so I was really happy when Man-Eaters by her and Kate Niemczyk was announced. This is a comic with an absolutely bonkers premise — what if a mutated version of Toxoplasmosis caused certain women to turn into big, wild, violent cats when they menstruate? Man-Eaters is a series that follows Maude, a young girl who is seemingly infected with such virus.

The first three issues were
David Schaafsma
“I am a fierce cat. I will rip you into shreds. Hide in fear from me”—Emily, age 13

Hall and Oates, “Maneater”:

The last comic I read from Chelsea Cain was Mockingbird, what might be described as a feminist comic which began lively enough and then was cancelled abruptly by the men of Marvel: “Two years ago, the bestselling novelist and first-time comic-book writer became the pet target of a wave of online harassment and misogyny sparked by a single image:
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
3.5 stars

This has a lot of potential, and I think, with a few key changes, could honestly have been flawless. The tongue-in-cheek parallels to real-life sexist comments thrown at people on their periods is very on-the-nose and super amusing (if a little too real, if you think about it too much) and there's a lot of symbolism at play here, plus the art is adorable and colorful and everything I want from a graphic novel's art style.

That said, as some other reviewers have pointed out before me,
James DeSantis
This seems to be a title that is either LOVED or HATED. I was kind of eager to see where I would fit in. I liked Mockingbird a lot from Chelsea Cain, so I was pretty excited to try this.

It starts off with learning that girls, once they get their period, can transform into huge cats that tear you apart. The series isn't taking itself too serious, but at the same time, is tackling big subject matters. See, the government decides to put in these chemicals into girls drinks to prevent them from
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I didn't love this but, I'm sure, if I was about 10-ish years younger, I probably would have.

The art is cute and the little adverts are like junior Bitch Planet adverts. Honestly, I feel like this could have been marketed as a YA version of Bitch Planet. It just doesn't seem all that intent on going as far as Bitch Planet did (which endeared BP to me) and it was quite focused on what looked like white cis gendered feminism. It has a lot of focus on what menstruation, estrogen, and male dominated
L. McCoy
I normally don’t bother with this but I’m giving an NSFW warning for this review: it contains strong language, crude humor, political incorrectness and 2 Filthy Frank gifs... in other words I hated this book but writing the review was fun.

This kind of shit’s why the unfortunate mess that is comicsgate happened, isn’t it?

What’s it about?
A virus has spread like crazy making young girls become psychotic cat creatures during their first period... or something, it could have been more clear, I think
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: auth-f, x2019-read

3.5 stars. Thanks to a mutation of toxoplasmosis teen girls can turn into vicious, killing big cats. Everything in the culture is designed to control the interaction of toxoplasmosis X and estrogen, and to prevent boys from coming into contact with estrogen. There is also an entire cat-hunting/policing division to investigate human maulings/killings.

Amusing, with fun artwork, and some pointed commentary on patriarchy. I liked the setup, though I found the story a little unfocused. And even
Paz R.M.
3.5 stars
Fuuuuuck. I wanted to love this.
Issue 1? Great. Issue 2 & 3? Good. Issue 4? Ugh. Listen I love my weird in-universe propaganda. Most of the time they are original and satirical AF. Loved them at the end of every issue here, loved them for example in Bitch Planet. But guys, issue 4? 20+ pages of a fictional magazine that doesn't add anything new, not to the story, plot or tone of this book.
Felt like a waste of time and money cause, like I said, the same kind of propaganda was
Laura Henry
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so clever and beautiful everyone needs to read this. This is the story I didn’t know I needed.
You might be a put off by the idea that young girls are turning into murderous panthers but please read it because you need this book.
Erin Kelly
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keri (KeriBetweenPages)
Beautiful art and so creative. I’ve never seen a graphic novel like this. Looking forward to the next volume!
Stewart Tame
Hmmm … not sure what to think of this.

A mutation in a common parasite--Toxoplasmosis--reacts with hormonal changes brought on by menstruation to cause women to turn into large, predatory cats. Implausible, sure, but I’ve heard worse premises for ongoing series. So anyway, society does its best to suppress estrogen and promote testosterone. You’ll pick up the details as you read the book. Our protagonist, Maude, seems to be on the verge of changing. It gets teased a lot throughout. And of course
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

actual rating: 3.5

AKA I really wish this was better. Look ...I like the general idea of this and even SOME of the execution, but it's basically a watered down YA version of Bitch Planet and it really shows. I can see how that might actually be the point because there are probably teen girls whose parents won't let them read Bitch Planet simply because of the word Bitch in the title, but for me as an adult this falls a little bit flat.

The premise
Rod Brown
More like 2.5 stars due to frustration with the formatting. Alan Moore's Watchmen is the earliest comic I can recall that used end matter text pieces to supplement the story and world-building. This book does the same, but allows the end matter to overwhelm and suffocate the story. Indeed, the fourth and final issue in this collection is nothing but a fake magazine full of satirical articles and ads that do nothing meaningful to propel the narrative. Add in all the other end matter pages for the ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, this was beyond stupid. It's worse when they try to be political/edgy. The nail in the coffin was the faux magazine near the end of the volume.
This is probably the most feminist thing I've read in a while. I loved every second of it!
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
I discovered a surprising love of graphic novels a couple years ago thanks to the Litsy community. There are so many books (genres, authors, publishers, etc.) that I can thank Litsy for bringing into my life.
It started with the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and exploded from there.
One of my favorite graphic novels is the two volume collection of Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain. Cain's dark and often satirical humor never fails to make me laugh and grab my complete attention,
Jaclyn Hillis
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-comix
This book is so much fun!
Mia Vicino
teen girls turning into killer cats is a BRILLIANT premise!! sadly hampered by typical white/liberal feminist execution :/
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Equal parts politically charged and unspeakably funny. I couldn’t put it down.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I snagged this because I saw 'girls turn in to monstrous cats and eat people' and was like 'sign me the hell up''s




Even for concepts I like! Using advertisements and articles and stuff to help world build! I love that! But other stuff just felt like....things I've already seen before, I guess? Turning into a literal monster when you get your period? I watched Ginger Snaps in the early 2000's already. It's a trope I still think is great! I just didn't think it was that
Ariadna Sanz
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional work, really fun and rich, full of feminist statements. Loved the use of side elements such as propaganda to explain the environment in which these girls are growing up. The constant correlation to our reality is scary.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the four individual issues since the collected volume isn’t out yet. Regardless: SO GOOD. Super excited to see where Chelsea Cain takes this next.
Sharon Jo
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best comic I've ever read. It was so silly.
Anna (Bananas)
3.5 really
Man Eaters has an amusing concept (girls turn into angry, violent cats when their periods start), but the first volume is light on plot progression. It feels more like world-building than a story arc. That being said, it’s promising. It’s essentially an inversion of toxic masculinity into the dangers of “toxoplasmosis X.”

The comic touches on patriarchy, rape culture, and mysogyny, both directly and indirectly: pre-teen boys fearing girls, water fountains marked Girls Only, fake ads
Macklin R
Uhhh yeah interesting premise but it heavily relies on cissexist ideas of gender. I feel like trans kids were left out bc they would complicate the narrative which is lazy af. The best part of these were the fake advertisements in the front and back of the issues. They really helped to set the scene
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Man-Eaters is like Bitch Planet, junior edition. One of the girls suspected of being infected has a Bitch Planet poster on her bedroom wall. I squealed with delight. Also, I guess I'm just a sucker for books about girls gaining power due to a mutation brought out when they start their periods. Definitely could have done without the 23-page magazine for boys at the end. The artifacts are nice, but in smaller doses. This comic is way less diverse than other comics I have been reading recently.
I actually really enjoyed this one. It tackled the stereotypes that young girls face and still face to this day about puberty. It portrays a clear message while making it an enjoyable and funny graphic novel. The artwork was also very good, very intricate in its horror details. I also thought it was creative to include real looking advertisements towards the end of the book. It looked so real you couldn't tell if it wasn't the real thing.
Danika at The Lesbrary
I loved Mockingbird, and I found this intriguing, but I didn't feel like I got a lot out of this volume other than the premise. I'll pick up the next volume, but I didn't feel like this was a story in itself.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3 1/2 stars. Girls turn into murderous panthers as a result of their period and terrified of this possibility, society/men have taken some precautions. First, hormones have been placed in the water to eradicate periods and men constantly live in fear of their significant others and female family members turning and killing them all. The graphic novel is littered with ads featuring various products and even classes geared towards men protecting themselves. This is brilliant and further showcased ...more
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Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her next book One Kick (August, 2014) will be the first in her Kick Lannigan thriller series. Her book Heartsick was named one of the best 100 thrillers ever written by NPR, and Heartsick and Sweetheart were ...more

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