Next week AfterShock Comics will release Out of Body #4, the penultimate issue of the paranormal murder mystery series from writer Peter Milligan, artist Inaki Miranda, colorist Eva De La Cruz, and letterer Sal Cipriano. Today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive four-page preview of the forthcoming issue.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Out of Body #4:

Do we really know what others think of us? Psychologist Dan Collins is finding out the hard way.  While his body is kept alive by machines, he continues to search for who attacked him and left him hovering between life and death. Problem is, there seems to be a lot of possible culprits!  Meanwhile Dan tries to help the restless spirit of suicide Adam Konrad — with potentially lethal results.  Astral projections, homunculi, and gardening tips — all this and more in the penultimate issue: OUT OF BODY #4

In an interview with The Beat about Out of Body, writer Peter Milligan described his own experiences with astral projection, as well as how the pandemic informed his development of the series:

When I was younger I experimented with astral projection. I won’t go into all the messy details here but the training process involved ritualistic use of salt and water and some less salubrious substances. I can’t say I ever fully, successfully projected but I felt something and so have enjoyed returning to it in a fictional sense.

The second notion that fed into the story was what most of us have been through at some stage of the pandemic: lockdown. I thought, what more extreme form of lockdown is there than to be locked down in your own body. Thus was born our protagonist, who for reasons he does not at first know, finds himself trapped in a body that’s being kept alive only by life support machines.

Check out the full four-page preview for Out of Body #4 below. The issue arrives in stores and digitally next Wednesday, September 29th.