IDW Announces New Horror Series ‘Breath Of Shadows’ From The Team Behind ‘Road Of Bones’ And ‘Sea Of Sorrows’

by Olly MacNamee

The Bram Stoker Award–nominated creative team of writer Rich Douek, artist Alex Cormack and letterer Justin Birch (Road of Bones and Sea of Sorrows) are reuniting for a third time and on another horror series, Breath of Shadows, coming this February 2023 from IDW. A five-issue comic book miniseries that follows “an internationally famous rock singer whose desperate attempt to cure his heroin addiction leads him deep into the jungles of South America, where he discovers primal horrors that put his own inner demons to shame.”

“It’s 1968. On the fast track to becoming one of his era’s most iconic rock stars, Jimmy Meadows should be basking in the glow of newly acquired wealth and fame. Instead, crushed by the weight of a debilitating heroin addiction, Jimmy is on the verge of losing everything—until an old friend tips him off to an unorthodox treatment method hidden in the depths of the South American jungle. With fair-weather friends, local opportunists, and industry sycophants in tow, Jimmy sets off in search of what he’s sure will be a miracle cure. But as the excursion veers off course and the realities of their environment begin to bleed together with Jimmy’s paranoia and drug-induced hallucinations, the team quickly descends into a nightmare of bloody chaos populated by unspeakable horrors that surpass even the most brutal drug trip.”

Douek said of the forthcoming series:

“With Breath of Shadows, Alex and I wanted to continue exploring the dark themes we began with in Road of Bones and Sea of Sorrows. I absolutely love working with Alex—Breath of Shadows is the latest example of how our creative partnership has evolved over the years into something awesome, and I hope to be working with him for a long, long time.”

Cormack added:

“I’ve always been fascinated by the jungle. When Rich and I first started working together on Road of Bones, I told him that, along with a snow-covered landscape, I’ve always wanted to draw something on the ocean—which eventually became the foundation of Sea of Sorrows—and something in the jungle, which is now Breath of Shadows. I’m immensely proud of this book, and I hope it gives all of you the creeps.”

Editor, Chase Marotz concludes:

“Rich and Alex’s third book for IDW may just be my favorite one yet. It’s a psychedelic smear of body horror and creepy crawlies that’s infiltrated my nightmares and, in a couple instances, almost made me lose my lunch. Strap in, because we’re going on an expedition through the jungle and into a nightmare—and we’re going to have a great time doing it!”

Breath of Shadows #1 will feature three variant covers by series artist Alex Cormack (Cover A), Cover B by Björn Barends, and a retailer incentive cover by multi–Eisner Award winner Francesco Francavilla.

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