Eugenic #3 Review: The Horror Ends with a Look at the Horrors of Ignorance
Eugenic #3 from BOOM! Studios by James Tynion IV, Eryk Donovan, Dee Cunniffe, and Jim Campbell ends this series, and the triptych of doom that has been Memetic, Cognetic and now this, Eugenic. Each had presented a truly dark, disturbing and unique look at the end of the world, but with Eugenic, Tynion IV and team may well have presented the most horrifying and disturbingly relevant and meaningful apocalypse to the modern day yet.
In previous reviews I've discussed how Eugenic felt frighteningly recognisable as the world outside our window, if not in literal events then in the subtext and general feeling that is brought up within the story itself.
In Eugenic #3, this continues, as technically now humanity is already all but vanished from the face of the Earth, all that is left being bred pets, like thoroughbred dogs, that have been so twisted by manipulated breeding to barely be called human and who have no life at all.
For this issue, we follow one of the Numans. In particular, one left with running an ailing Human History museum, in a world that increasingly wants to ignore how it came to be.
The horror is less a grotesque body horror, or bloody run of murder and more. Instead, it's the horror of a world that doesn't care anymore. A world so complacent in it's comforts and routine that it no longer cares about the bloody path it took to get there, nor does it care about the things that made humanity worthwhile anyway.
Numanity has all but forgotten what it did to humans, constructing the narrative to ignore the parts it doesn't want to keep. This feels frighteningly relevant in a time where people wish to question valid facts of history, or construct the reality around us through control of information.
Eugenic #3 presents a final, very real horror that is perhaps more horrifying than anything that has come before, and that audiences would do well to keep in mind.