[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The blood moon hangs low over Yarnham. Alfredius believes he’s been abandoned by Clement and continues his blood treatment of Mathilde. In reality, Clement is actually procuring more blood for Alfredius and Mathilde. Clement arrives with the blood, and Alfredius welcomes him with embrace. However, there is still one more betrayal to be had this night, and it’s doubtful if anyone will survive.
Bloodborne #8 concludes the second arc of Ales Kot’s and Piotr Kowalksi’s adaptation of the FromSoftware game. Appropriately, it is a grim and frightening conclusion for everyone involved.
Having played Bloodborne or even Dark Souls, you likely expected that, but Bloodborne #8 manages to surprise. Where the game, despite having characters in the Healing Church and the hunters who commit atrocities, tends to focus on cosmic horror and unimaginable monsters, this comic shows the depravity of humanity even in situations already grim beyond reckoning.
These final revelations about Clement and Alfredius can leave the reader reeling to the very end and still thirsty for more. Kot and Kowalski prove themselves masters of this kind of horror, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store next for the world of Bloodborne.
Kowalksi’s artwork continues to impress me, no matter how many issues of his Bloodborne I read. The environmental details, both those present in the game and those he and Kot added in, tell small stories apart from the one of Alfredius and Clement. The city looks as sick as its denizens, and the addition of Brad Simpson’s color work solidifies this tapestry of death and decay.
Bloodborne #8 is a photo finish for this chapter of the comic. We learn how deep the sickness in Yarnham runs and how its come to define the people of the city. This an excellent horror read and one easily worthy of a recommendation. Give it a read.
Bloodborne #8 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, cover artist Daniel Warren Johnson, and variant cover artists Kowalski with Simpson and John Bivens.