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"I Breathed A Body #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics

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Written by Zac Thompson
Illustrated by Andy MacDonald
Colored by Triona Farrell
Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
2020, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on January 20th, 2021

Review:

With the advent of social media, everyone is one viral video away from being famous. People clamor for free stuff in exchange for exposure across their channels. The currency is engagement. In the near future, it's not that far-fetched to think that influencers will be engineered in an effort to catch the next big thing.

There are all kinds of problems with social media and that's where I Breathed a Body starts. This series uses that as a foundation, putting a horrific twist on it. Writer Zac Thompson introduces us to Mycena, the largest social network and its driven employees focused on boosting KPIs and video views by any means necessary.

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Before we get to the otherworldly part of I Breathed a Body, it's worth mentioning how unsettling and clinical the conversation between these people is. They are consumed by the engagement of the site. It's all they talk about. This makes the segue into the creepier stuff almost feel natural, like this is the next logical evolution of this discussion.

Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou keeps this dialogue moving at a nice pace. Although there's a lot to sift through, it never feels drab or dull. Part of it comes from a fascination that people would talk like this. Select key words are highlighted in yellow for added emphasis. It's an unusual tactic that fits in this unusual book.

Although there's a horrifying sequence that opens I Breathed a Body #1, the real scary stuff comes a little later. With the uneasy tone established throughout the entire issue, things get absolutely insane in the closing pages. It's shown for all the world to see though. When you're live-streaming everything, this kind of stuff can be caught on camera.

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Artist Andy MacDonald does a terrific job establishing the personalities of each character through their design. For example, Mylo, the influencer at the center of this, looks like a total douche. You can see that he's never had a care in the world and does whatever he wants, whenever he wants. This life of privilege has spoiled him. There's a mystery around him though that gives him a bit of intrigue.

There's one sequence in particular that really stands out. It's like a step-by-step descent into terror, amplified by Triona Farrell's excellent color work. The first panel is tinged with red, but the fourth and final one is covered in it. The dark red engulfs the entire image. It's not just blood we're talking about here. It's something far more sinister.

I Breathed a Body is a disturbing look at our current obsession with social media and how this can escalate into a horrifying direction. That might be scary enough on its own, however it's amplified by some chilling supernatural elements, making for a dynamite read.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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