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"I Breathed a Body #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics


Written by Zac Thompson
Illustrated by Andy MacDonald
Colored by Triona Farrell
Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 24th, 2021


As you're doomscrolling through Facebook or Twitter, would you stop and watch the biggest celebrity in the world kill himself? That's where I Breathed a Body picks up with its second issue and it only gets more disturbing from there. It follows the aftermath of the horrifying death of Mylo, streamed live for millions of his fans to see. The company that owned him and his profile looks to milk this for all its worth, raking in cash from the public's sick fascination until it becomes just another thing that people scroll by.

I Breathed a Body is uncomfortable. It forces you to re-examine your current use of social media. Writer Zac Thompson puts this through a terrifying lens, as I'm sure that any social network would leap at the opportunity to control and monetize this many eyeballs. Not to mention the fact that the public would eat it up.

Central to this is Anna, a young go-getter looking to make the next big step in her career at MyCena. She thinks she's ready and able to do what she must, even if that means literally dissecting Mylo's body during a livestream, but this shocks her a bit. Contrast that with Dalton, who is a company man through and through, prepared to go to war for his boss if that's what it takes.

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The imagery in I Breathed a Body #2 is absolutely horrifying. Artist Andy MacDonald draws some disturbing shit in this book, showing Mylo's corpse cut open and displayed like an art piece for all the world to see. Meanwhile, little reaction emojis float up the page as people eat it up. There are flashes to this kind of stuff throughout the entire issue.

MacDonald's pencils are tight and full of detail, which adds another level of terror. The characters are well-defined and very expressive. You can see the doubt start to creep up on Anne's face as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Plus, I do not trust her boss as far as I can throw him. There's some shady stuff going on here and we're just scratching the surface.

There's an ominous tone over I Breathed a Body, cast by colorist Triona Farrell. The images are presented in stark realism. Sure, the sun may rise here, but it can't quite reach the depths these people are willing to go for fame and fortune. It's clear that Mylo's death was just the beginning of whatever depraved insanity these folks are about to get into.

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Continuing the trend of keeping you off-balance while reading this book is letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, who presents an intriguing style to the dialogue. Instead of bolding select words for emphasis, they're highlighted in yellow. This adds some additional emphasis to them, yet feels a little strange, which works perfectly for the overall mood of the comic. I also really love the way the comments pop up from the social media profiles, like caption boxes with exclamation points on top.

I Breathed a Body will make you want to sign off of social media forever. This is an unsettling comic that is increasingly more relevant with each passing day. It really makes you wonder how the world would react if we saw such atrocities performed live on Facebook or Twitter. Would we scroll away? Or click that like button?


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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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