Bloodborne #4 Review: The End of the Hunt

Bloodborne #4 Review: The End of the Hunt

Posted by May 31, 2018 Comment

Bloodborne #4
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Writer: Ales Kot, Artist: Piotr Kowalski, Color Artist: Brad Simpson, Letters: Aditya Bidikar, Cover by: Vanesa del Rey, Editor: Tom Williams, Design: Wilfried Tshikana-Ekutshu, Publisher: Titan Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Hunter and the child find themselves in a fishing village as they search for a boat to take them through the sea. The Hunter receives a cryptic message from Gerhman, and the child falls further ill. It also sees terrible things which the Hunter cannot, and it must help the Hunter navigate these horrors.

Bloodborne #4 cover by Vanesa del Rey
Bloodborne #4 cover by Vanesa del Rey

The first volume to Titan’s Bloodborne comic ends as cryptically as it began. Whether the promise of answers was fulfilled is up to your discretion, but the cold and empty nature of the finale feels unmistakably Bloodborne.

The Paleblood child’s condition is a focus of this issue, and the Hunter must decide what they will do about it. The references to Bloodborne mechanics and lore are many, but they don’t overburden the narrative. You needn’t know every aspect of the game to be able to follow this book, though you will pick up on more details if you do.

The character of the Hunter is another focus. What kind of person is this Hunter? How far are they willing to go in the name of the Hunt? The answers to these questions aren’t that surprising in the moment, but it is a thematic ending both to the game and the comic.

Bloodborne #4 art by Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson
Bloodborne #4 art by Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson

Piotr Kowalski’s artwork finishes strong and makes for some truly unnerving imagery. The environment is ghoulish, and the personality of the two principal characters are expertly depicted in often subtle ways. Brad Simpson’s color art once more serves to give the world a hollow, cold, and deathly feeling. Both serve to make this a disturbing yet beautiful book.

Bloodborne #4 is a cold yet great finale to this first volume. Ales Kot crafted something unique yet faithful to the game in this story, and Kowalski and Simpson deliver phenomenal artwork. Thankfully, this book has been promoted to an ongoing, so we will get to see more from here. In any case, this book earns another recommendation. Give it a read.

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