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"I Breathed a Body #3" 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
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 31st, 2021

Review:

The new-age social network, Mycena, continues to make money off of Mylo, its biggest star, even after he's dead. They've already livestreamed his death and autopsy and now they've thrown his body to the dogs and millions of people are tuning in for the action. Next they'll carve up what's left and sell the pieces as genuine memorabilia. Anne and Dalton have front row seats to this whole affair and it's having very different effects on each of them. How far will they go for fame and fortune?

I Breathed a Body continues its unsettling journey with this chapter, leaning into the creepy segments and forcing us to question our relationship with social media. The entity behind Mycena is revealed, although it's still shrouded in mystery. The way the humans are acting is enough to make this book one of the scariest on the stands today, but this additional element raises the stakes considerably.

Anne is our path into this story, so we see a lot from her perspective. She's torn, as she's fought so hard to get to this point, breaking through the glass ceiling to finally have a seat at this table, but she's had to question her very humanity to do it. Is it worth it? Writer Zac Thompson presents a fascinating character study that also explores the concept of identity.

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Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou turns in some dynamite work in I Breathed a Body #3. A key scene happens during the rain, where Anne is trying to hear a conversation from a distance. The raindrops cut through the word balloons, making them harder to read, but not impossible. It's a visual representation of eavesdropping in the rain, as you won't be able to hear everything clearly. Later on, when the strange creature arises, it speaks with a scratchy, almost ancient voice, shown in a font that looks it was carved instead of written.

This goes hand-in-hand with Andy MacDonald's artwork, presenting a gritty realism that makes even the most unnatural elements of the story appear tangible. It plays tricks with your mind when you see something that looks and feels real, yet should not be. MacDonald makes some great choices when it comes to the gory elements. The desecration of Mylo's body is a focus to the point where you want to look away. Just as it's getting to its most unsettling, we pan away and see the effects on Anne and Dalton instead, leaving us to wonder what else is happening to what's left of this guy.

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Anne goes through a range of emotions in this issue, each very meaningful. You can see the conflict playing out on her face as she struggles to not only decide what to do next, but what is this reality she's found herself in.

A large chunk of I Breathed a Body #3 takes place at night and during the rain. This casts a dreary tone that's fitting for the inhumane events we witness. Colorist Triona Farrell uses a palette that matches up to that sense of foreboding. What's particularly interesting is how the scenes during the day are just as, if not more creepy as the others. It's like the light of the sun puts the horrifying events of the evening into focus, forcing you to look at them and mull them over.

I Breathed a Body will disturb you in the best possible way. It hits just close enough to the real world that you can see this as the next logical step with our relationship with social media and that scares the crap out of me. This is the kind of comic that will get under your skin and linger there, sending shivers up your spine for days after reading it.

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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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