As promised, I’m back with the second installment of Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep, published by Titan Comics. Issue #2 was released on March 21, 2018 and continues the saga of the Hunter and the child.
If you read my review of the first issue, you’ll know that I’m not going to give away the story with a bunch of spoilers. This is an awesome comic and I don’t want to mess with anyone’s enjoyment of it in any way. I do want to give a quick overview, though.
In Issue #2, we find the Hunter and the child trekking through a rather ominous-looking forest. The Hunter is still struggling with his memory and the captions clearly indicate that he’s well aware that he’s played this same role many times before. The child appears to be keenly sensitive to the presence of any nearby monsters and, after the pair reach the Healer Iosefka’s sanctuary, it is mysteriously able to drive off a large monstrosity by sheer force of will.
Kind of leaves you wondering just what the hell is this kid, right?
For those of you not familiar with the game, paleblood is something of a mystery. It’s the goal of every Hunter (no, our Hunter hero is not the only one) and said to be necessary to for him or her “transcend the Hunt” but it’s never actually explained. This exhibition of the child’s abilities have me wondering what the writer, Aleš Kot, has in store for us.
And there’s something else that caught my eye, too.
Kot also gives us a hint at a backstory with Gehrman in the Hunter’s Dream. The very last splash page shows him asking no one in particular “…What did you have me do?” as the Moon Presence looks down on him. I am really intrigued by this and I’m hoping that Kot is going to be delving a lot deeper into developing world lore through this series, both in terms of the paleblood and the Hunters and their Dream in general.
I talked a lot about the artwork and color psychology in my last review. Once again, Brad Simpson (color), Piotr Kowalski (line art), and Aditya Bidikar (lettering) have done an absolutely spectacular job. The color palette is the same as in Issue #1 with a series of greys, muted blues and various reds, oranges, and yellows, selected (I’m sure) not only for continuity but for their subtle effects on the reader’s experience. Kowalski has again produced very clean, well-drawn panels that make sense in the sequence they’re given. Really, between Simpson’s color choices and Kowalski’s line art, the artwork does a phenomenal job of expressing the gloomy, cheerless atmosphere of the Hunter’s world and is really quite eerie.
And seriously how can you not love the cover? Zombies rising from the water in a flooded graveyard? It’s freaking awesome! Of course, maybe I’m a minority in that opinion…
In terms of layout, one thing really caught my attention in this issue. During a fight scene with a giant multi-headed snake, the creators chose to leave a few panels in the grid solid black with white text. I thought it was an interesting touch and it has had me considering the purpose behind this design choice. Obviously, the text is a form of inner dialogue with possibly the voice of another sort of intruding inside the Hunter’s mind—the Hunter even says as much, acknowledging that there is a voice inside his head. The second voice appears to be framed in parentheses.
Now why this is so intriguing to me is because later, Gehrman is seen questioning his own past choices. I’m wondering if this voice has something to do with Gerhman and if it’s the first hint of some big reveal later down the road. If so, it’s not only an attention-grabbing device that highlights the internal struggles of the Hunter but it’s also a fantastic use of the layout to foreshadow things to come.
And that brings us to the end of my review for Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep Issue #2! Again, I have really enjoyed the read and, at the risk of sounding like a fangirl, I just cannot find anything negative to say about it thus far. I really think this is a well-done comic all around. Check back tomorrow for Issue #3!
Writer: Aleš Kot
Artwork: Piotr Kowalski
Colors: Brad Simpson
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Editor: Tom Williams
Design: Wilfried Tshikana-Ekutshu
Publisher: Titan Comics
Source – Titan Comics
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