The Meaning Of Our Origins In Bloodborne #10

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Eileen the Crow continues to have nightmaric visions of her past and future. She sees a face sinking away from her, and she doesn’t know who it is. She doesn’t know when the present is and where it lies in relation to the rest of her life. Yarnham is her home, and it’s falling apart before her. She doesn’t know what that says about her. She finds a masked wanderer and immediately attacks him, and the ensuing fight is long and brutal.

Bloodborne #10 cover by Kyle Charles
Bloodborne #10 cover by Kyle Charles

Bloodborne #10 continues the dreamlike and ponderous tone set by the previous issue. Eileen the Crow is sinking into confusion and insanity, but, even now, she seeks meaning in herself and the world around her.
In this ethereal and dislocated storytelling, there are still questions for the reader to contemplate. If we are so defined by where we came from, what does it mean for us if that place is a disaster? What does that make our pasts?
Eileen nor Bloodborne have a definitive answer for the reader, but it makes no pretensions about answering them either. It simply ponders and wants the reader to do the same. 
We are given hints of one particular revelation about Eileen’s past and where she came from, and they are as ghastly as one would expect.
The loose storytelling may put off some readers, and this style often puts me off. However, there is something especially visceral about how Ales Kot has been doing it in this comic. I can’t help but be enthralled, and I think many others will as well. It also sticks very close to the Lovecraftian roots of Bloodborne.
Bloodborne #10 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Bloodborne #10 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Piotr Kowalski’s artwork continues to be powerful, gorgeous, and inspired. The imagery spread throughout Bloodborne #10 wavers between deeply disturbing and elegantly beautiful. The opening panels depicting a maggot-eaten Eileen are unforgettable. The fight scene is intense and engaging. Brad Simpson’s color work is a well-blended palette of deathly and sick colors that suits Bloodborne perfectly.
Bloodborne #10 is another compelling installment from Ales Kot, Piotr Kowalski, and Brad Simpson. Yarnham is a city with numerous stories to tell, and this team continues to tell them beautifully. This one gets another recommendation. Check this one out.
Bloodborne #10 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and cover artist Kyle Charles.

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