Last Breath (Sam Eggleston)

Last Breath

Rating: 4/5 – Touching character study set on the moon.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

From the very beginning of the issue, you get a sense of certainty about the likely fate of astronaut Jason Gustafson.  But as with any good story, it’s not that simple and there you have the tale of lost hope and hope renewed that writer Sam Eggleston weaves, all set on the moon in the year 2022.

This “done in one” story started life as a Kickstarter but if you missed out on getting a copy there, it’s now for sale as a PDF on creator Sam Eggleston’s web-site (and will be available to purchase from his site as a physical copy in March).

There’s not a lot of specifics that can be discussed without ruining the story, but I can say that Eggleston strings us along as readers in a good way from start to finish.  Obstacle?  Solution.  It makes sense, the pieces are there in the framework of the story so he’s playing fair.  Are they massive surprises?  Certainly not, if they were, in the context of a “done in one”, then we’d likely be having some things coming out of left field.  But he keeps the story engaging from start to finish.  The art by Jason Baroody and Josh Oakes is a great match for the story being told.  There is a simplicity to the line work but I always has a sense of being exactly where the story was taking me.

This story is not sci-fi per se, except in the sense that it involves science and is a work of fiction.  What it is not is a fantastical story with things beyond the realm of current technology, I don’t think there’s a single thing in it that could not happen with current tech.  It’s primarily a character study and an examination of human nature, on a number of fronts, from personal to geo-political.  I will say that I’m glad to have read it and I’ll recommend it to fans of hard science (as opposed to science fantasy) stories that are strong on man’s innate desire to survive regardless of the situation they are put into.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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