Inhale in Breathless #1 Review
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Renzo Rodriguez
Colorist by Mara Jayne Carpenter
Created by Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez
Published by Black Mask Studios
Albuterol is my Addiction
New from Black Mask Studios, this series joins the odd combination of a pharmaceutical company and monsters in new comic series Breathless. Scout Turner works for a pharmaceutical company that, behind closed doors, dissects alien specimens for new and innovative drugs. With the stress of her lab partner, Grace-Eisley Worthington Burke, and a sudden asthma attack, Scout makes a faux pas that could be the greatest discovery since the cure of Polio. But there’s just one problem: there are powerful people who would love nothing better than to keep this discovery as quiet as possible, even to kill. So pump your inhaler and take two breaths, here now is my review of Breathless #1.
A debate whether pharmaceutical companies withhold life-saving medicine from the public or, if available, too expensive for anyone to afford, remains a hot conversation topic. The series shed light on some medical drug breakthroughs may not be as breakthrough as one would think. For the character Scout, she lives a mundane life as Cryptozoologist (sort of a Men in Black twist) for the company, and does well. Like any other job mistakes sometimes generate a life of their own to become much more. Writer Pat Shand develops this scenario that is quite dark. For Pat, he takes it to a level I hope no one ever has the misfortune of living this nightmare.
Artwork / Coloring / Dialogue
As I mentioned, mistakes will happen, but not when it comes to the panels, sketch artworks, and dialogue. For starters, I enjoyed the flashback scenes of Scout as a kid having an asthma attack. Renzo Rodriguez’s artwork reflects how personal monsters rear their ugly head on unsuspecting victims as Scout comes face with another sort of monster. What starts off as Scout living her ordinary life jumps into the Twilight Zone and is confronted with pieces of human flesh and a lot of blood. Nice. I enjoy the artwork of various alien bodies and the not so dead ones. The dialogue is snappy and punchy, especially from the characters Grace, and Farren, who live in the Renzo estates. Great work.
Ultimately, not a bad comic book to read. It does have some merit to continue reading. With questions like, “Who’s behind all this and Why?”, remain to be answered. Again, the Men in Black persona comes into play as Scout and Grace work with alien bodies without a second’s hesitation. And if we are on the subject of science fiction/horror film, let’s throw in, “Cabin in the Woods,” (You know what I mean if you read the comic book). Pharmaceutical companies discover life-saving medications every day may, but may play the role of God. Breathless offers a twisted look into the business of medicine. Why pay for medical treatment for one’s quality of life? In either case, the next time you visit your local pharmacy to pick your subscription remember just how it got into your hands.