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Man-Eaters, Vol. 2

(Man-Eaters #5-8)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Image Comics
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, image-comics
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 ...more
Stewart Tame
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the idea of this book, but the execution is moving way too slowly for my tastes.

So the basic concept is that, due to a mutation in a common parasite, the onset of menstruation causes women to change into large, predatory cats. Our young protagonist, Maude, has been avoiding her estrogen suppressants, which may or may not be a bad idea. And there seems to be more to at least one of her parents--and, indeed, her place of residence--than we were previously aware.

But there's so much
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I don’t know how they’ll continue to develop this little science fiction graphic novel that subversively talks about the policing of women and their bodies, while on the surface dealing with a woman-only outbreak of pantherism, but I can’t wait to find out.

Recommend if you liked The Power
Lauren Archer
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has quickly become one of my favorite series. So extremely smart.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Alex Sarll
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.

Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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...... ...more
Not really sure where this one was trying to go. Vol 1 was fresh & showed lots of potential. This one had moments that were fun, but it was seemingly plotless.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always, my only complaint with a Chelsea Cain book is that it is too short! Love her.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wanted to give this series another shot. Still mostly faux ads revolving around estrogen and werepanthers.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this as much as the first volume.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read. The ads and the textbooks give a lot of life to the story.
This is great, and I wish we got more than 3 issues worth of story.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This creative team continues to slay with this incredibly feminist book.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
Brenna Sydel
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Man oh man oh MAN do I adore this comic! It's so freaking good. Really weird and odd and the art and style is just out of this world. Super into this.

I also wish it were true. I wish I could turn into a panther every time I had my period.....
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Still rich with feminist snark and satire, but light on story. I wish this weren’t cancelled.
Katie Oswald
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Freaking fantastic!
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!
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this volume nearly as much as the first.

For one thing, there was barely any story here. We get a tiny bit about Maude talking with her parents and hints that her mother allows herself to transform into a large cat, but we don't know why or anything else at all really. The story that we did get felt really rushed and disjointed - I don't actually know what was supposed to be happening.

The satirical ads were funny in the first volume, but all the games and stuff here got to be
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fantasy-scifi, ew, 2019
Did not understand this.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I LOVE this series so far, and I love the twist that was taken at the end of the story part of this volume.
I do think it is probably better to read this in volumes rather than individual issues, given the fact that so far the 4th and 8th issue (4th chapter in each volume) have been basically bonus material, material that is featured in the world of Man-Eaters. I really enjoy this bonus material though, because it is both immersive and connects you to the world of the comic better, making you
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Warnings: mentions of violent maulings by wild animals, blood, gun violence

Man-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
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 ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
The plot gets interesting... more were-panthers, please!

The people who get so worked up about fluoride in the water supply probably wouldn't say a peep about putting estrogen & progesterone in the water supply, if the result was to control the reproductive choices of women.

But I wonder... if most of the female population is drinking the water, the end of menstruation also means the end of most pregnancies, unintended or otherwise. On the one hand, this should lead to more sexual freedom for
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

Once 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
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good edition to the series. The strengths of the first book like the world building, characters, social commentary, and good premise carried over to this volume. Unfortunately the weaknesses also carried over. They did another of the magazine portions, except this time it was a text book. I enjoyed this portion more than the last, but I was also more aware of the fact that this was a whole issue of the comic not moving the story forward. It was good for the world building, but bad for ...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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