In Review: Bloodborne #1

Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in a brand new comic series spinning out of FromSoftware's critically acclaimed Bloodborne
Synopsis: Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in a brand new comic series spinning out of FromSoftware’s critically acclaimed Bloodborne video game.
Review: Titan Comics bring us another comic book adaptation and this time they bring us Bloodborne, which will be a pleasing book for anyone who is a fan of the monster hunter genre. 
Written by Ales Kot. This first issue introduces us to the world and the town of Old Yharnam. It’s a world plagued with human monsters who have succumbed to something nasty. We get our opening look at the main hunter as he slays his way to the church where he meets with other hunters that introduce him to a child who has pale blood. 
This is a pretty good introduction to a story, which has the main hero questioning whether he is awake or in a dream. It is dark and gothic as you’d expect and the story beats play out more like a puzzle of sorts in that you get teased with the smallest bits of information, but the nature of it has you wondering what will come next. 
The artwork, which is done by Piotr Kowalski is eerily beautiful and draws the eye into a world of horror that has a real cinematic quality to it. The panels where the hunter is battling his various foes are gruesome and quick and the color work by Brad Simpson is gorgeous. Given that he only has a dark palette of colors to work with in order to reflect the mood. Nothing gets wasted or feels overused.
Overall. For a first issue, Bloodborne does a great job of drawing the reader into the world and the combination of writing and art style work really well and conveys the various narrative beats in a quick and concise manner. 
It will be interesting to see where this story goes in future issues. 
Bloodborne #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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