The Ashen Blood Washes Over Yarnham In Bloodborne #7

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Alfredius and Clement have discovered that the Old Blood ministrations are spreading the Ashen Blood disease throughout Yarnham. The Ashen Blood disease is spreading further and further, and the church has begun letting citizens die. The Healing Church is killing the city, and Alfredius and Clement don’t know what to do about it. In addition, each man is shaking the other’s convictions–Alfredius is no longer sure of the infallibility of science, and Clement no longer believes in the church. Alfredius continues his own ministration of the Old Blood to himself and to his newly sick neighbor, Mathilde. Clement fears for Alfredius’ mental stability and considers returning to his lone investigation of the Healing Church.

Bloodborne #7 cover by Michael Walsh
Bloodborne #7 cover by Michael Walsh

Bloodborne #7 continues to catalog the degradation and destruction of Yarnham while Alfredius and Clement try to do something to slow the descent.

Unfortunately, they are ill-equipped, and we know how the story of Yarnham ends. It is interesting to see this tale told from the perspective of a citizen watching and powerless to stop the fall. Alfredius and Clement are proving to be interesting characters, and it is tragic to watch them lose their identities in the face of such an apocalyptic event. Alfredius becomes more compassionate than ever while losing himself to the Old Blood, and Clement becomes more jaded and despondent than ever.

It is a good companion to the previous story as well as the game itself and is worthy of entering this canon that I myself hold in high accord.

Bloodborne #7 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Bloodborne #7 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Piotr Kowalski’s continues to render the world of Yarnham in a gorgeous gothic manner that matches the memorable world of the Bloodborne game. He knows how to render the subtler expressions and gestures of the characters well too. Brad Simpson’s color work comes together for a rustic treatment of this quickly-dilapidating city, where golds and browns are quickly turning to reds and greys.

Bloodborne #7 is another excellent issue in Ales Kot’s offering. We get to watch the degradation of these well-meaning investigators while the horrors of the Ashen Blood washes over the city of Yarnham, rendered beautifully by Kowalski and Simpson. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

Bloodborne #7 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, cover artist Michael Walsh, and variant cover artists Piotr Kowalski with Brad Simpson and Damien Worm.

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