Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Bloodborne the Death of Sleep #4
I am reviewing yet another comic book based on a game that I haven’t played. This comic looked the most interesting of the last batch that was sent to me, so, I decided to check it out. In this issue the Hunter and the child arrive at a city where the Hunter is hoping to find a boat or ship as Losefka told him there would be one. They proceed with caution as the epidemic seems to have ravaged this city. They find some beastly footprints and the Hunter believes that the villagers are probably not all gone.
Ales Kot brings this issue a feeling of despair and hopelessness and opens the chapter with the statement that the nightmare must end here. The child speculates that the epidemic began here as they search the confines of this village. The child groans in pain as he is obviously starving, and the hunter says that they’ll search the cabins for supplies. They come across a note at the town square that was obviously left for the hunter. The letter writer claims to be affected by Paleblood but can’t remember as his mind seems to be deteriorating. It’s a great issue as clues begin to unravel as to the cause of the epidemic and great stuff includes the sickly child having to guide the hunter through a maze of monsters as the Hunter can’t see them and the morphing of the child itself.
Piotr Kowalski adds to the feeling of despair with his simple line drawings and Brad Simpson conveys a bleak feeling to the art and story as his colors are basic grey’s with only the slightest hint of a possible bright spot at the end of this journey. Highlights include the opening splash of the Hunter and child looking over the village and the innocent and hungry look on the child’s face throughout the issue as he desperately tries to remember what he is.
First I have never played the game, so I can’t compare the two. But as a basic comic book story this ones a winner. I love a good post-apocalyptic tale if the mystery is not obvious from the outset. The Mad Max movies are some of my favorites and this comic book succeeds in painting a desolate landscape of a once prosperous world that is now in decline because of some kind of epidemic. The child clings to the Hunter because he doesn’t know what else to do or where to go. The Hunter feels an obligation to watch over this poor wretch and the two become an unlikely pair of travelers that need each other as the Hunter cannot see the dangers, which the child does, that lie in their path. He needs this child to navigate through the village. A great chapter in this tale that promises more surprises to come. ***1/2 (8.6 rating)
Bloodborne the Death of Sleep #4
Writer – Ales Kot
Art – Piotr Kowalski
Color – Brad Simpson
Letters – Aditya Bidikar
Publisher – Titan