Welcome back as I continue my chronicle of the Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep series, published by Titan Comics. In this review, I’ll taking a look at Issue #3 which is due to be released on April 25, 2018.
Like my previous reviews, there are no spoilers here—just a quick overview of the essentials.
With the exception of the last few pages, there’s not a lot in the way of action in this issue. The focus is mainly on the continuation of the Hunter’s internal debate about the nature of himself, paleblood, and the Hunt as he and the child make their way across a vast wasteland. In fact, there’s no conflict at all until the final six pages. That’s where the final showdown with the creature from Iosefka’s sanctuary takes place, along with a demonstration of the child’s unusual monster-killing ability. We also get a glimpse at the toll that the Hunt’s involuntarily eternal death-rebirth cycle takes on a Hunter, as our hero decides to let the monster kill him before the child intervenes.
Unlike previous issues which had much more action, this one moves at much slower in pace. Even the fight scene felt slower than those in Issues #1 and #2. My gut feeling as to why this is the case has to do with the Hunter. The concept that he has done this thousands of times before is something that continually resurfaces across all three issues. Although he wants to transcend the Hunt and see what lies beyond, he just seems to have grown tired. If not for the child, he’d have given in to death for the first time.
The one question I was left with after reading this issue come from the multi-limbed beast that observes them as they rest amidst some ruins. It never attacks—it just watches them, even as they leave the next morning. Its coloring is also different from any of the other opponents our Hunter has faced thus far so this has me wondering why and what role this thing will play, if any, in the next issue.
Like the previous issues, the artwork is nicely executed. The combination of Brad Simpson’s colors and Piotr Kowalski’s artwork expertly communicates the barrenness and bleakness of the wasteland the Hunter and child are traveling through. The sequence of events flows nicely from panel to panel and Kowalski continues to deliver clean, well-drawn line art.
Once again, the creative team did a great job with the layout. It draws the reader’s eye through the story in a logical way, the word balloons are well placed. Again, no criticisms here whatsoever.
I have to say that I had hoped for a little bit more from this issue than the content delivered. According to what I’ve read, there are only four issues in this series and, if so, Issue #3 officially puts us at the 75% mark in terms of the story’s completion. In terms of narrative, we should be approaching the denouement in the next issue yet I don’t feel like enough has happened to get us there. I hope this isn’t going to leave readers with a lot of loose ends at the completion of Issue #4 but perhaps the creative team have this series planned as a sort of Chapter One and are just setting up future chapters. We will see next month when they release Issue #4!
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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