The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BREATHLESS #1 from Black Mask Studios. Pat Shand writes, Renzo Rodriguez draws, Mara Jayne Carpenter colors, and Jim Campbell letters.

Monsters are real, and Scout’s job is to dissect them. She and her teammate Grace-Eisley are working on one, and an “accident” results in the apparent “cure” of Scout’s asthma. But Grace-Eisley (yes, she prefers the whole thing) makes a passing remark on Twitter about it, and a big pharma company happens to notice. A bit later, as Scout and Grace-Eisley are coming back from lunch, it becomes obvious in a very un-subtle way how much the pharma company is interested.

Scout is an extremely smart person who’s great at her job and who takes care of her elderly aunt. She comes across as a strong character, and she just might need all of that strength in this story. And it’s an interesting story with monsters, and the art is stellar, with said monsters being a highlight in a very well-drawn book.

This is a story with lots of layers (I don’t want to spoil too much, but who are the real monsters…) and great characters. Black Mask has yet another top-notch offering here. You’ll want to get on board quickly.

BREATHLESS #1 is available now from your local comic shop, or online at blackmaskstudios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )