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"I Breathed a Body #4" 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 April 28th, 2021


Anne has seen enough. She was riding this train to fame and fortune, but it's gone to places she was not prepared for. It already drove her colleague to kill himself (livestreamed for all to see, of course) and now Anne sees her last chance to get out...but is it too late? Is she too tied into this machine to jump off?

Every time I think I have a handle on I Breathed a Body, some new horrifying twist comes in and shocks me. This issue is no different. Writer Zac Thompson explores our fascination with social media by mixing the technology with body horror in chilling ways. While there are aspects of the story that I don't fully understand, you can't deny the tone it conveys. You'll need a shower after reading this comic.

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The feeling I Breathed a Body leaves you with is just so unsettling. This comes through in spades in Anne's facial expressions. Artist Andy MacDonald portrays this perfectly. You can see the indecision on her face as she wrestles this what to do next, frightened as to what it means for her own sanity if she continues down this path.

Anne's reactions are justified, as there is some absolutely terrifying stuff on display in this issue. This is some of the scariest body horror I've seen in comics, period. MacDonald uses organic matter like toys, assembling them as if he's building a complex LEGO creation...out of organs. Things really come to a head in the last few pages as the culmination of this grand experiment is revealed in all its creepy glory.

Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou puts the cherry on top of this monstrosity with work that makes it clear this thing's very existence is painful. It struggles to speak and pushes out sounds instead of words. No two letters are the same size.

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Colorist Triona Farrell adds to the unnatural qualities of this creation with eerie blues, reds, and purples. It's clear this is an abomination. This contrasts with the otherwise serene setting, like a Silicon Valley campus was invaded by a pulsing octopus of flesh and pain.

I Breathed a Body is absolutely chilling. What makes this book so scary is how you can see it as a natural evolution to our obsession with social media. While I'm not expecting this much body horror the next time I log on to Facebook, I can see how something like this is in the cards if we keep going down this route. That scares the crap out of me and it's just one of the reasons why this is such an incredible comic.


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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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