A Mind Unravels In Yahar’gul: Bloodborne #14 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The man sees visions, first of being submerged in a diving suit with a gaping void speaking to him with an almost-face. The next finds him naked and entering the Unseen Village of Yahar’gul. He finds a hunter breathing his last and trying to get out words. He returns briefly to the hotel where he stands in front of the mirror staring, and then he returns to the visions, finding the Darkbeast Paarl fighting the One Reborn. The man disintegrates and fades back to his hotel.

Bloodborne #14 cover by Morgan Jeske
Bloodborne #14 cover by Morgan Jeske

Bloodborne #14 continues the recent trend in the last two volumes of a light narrative accompanied by a dreamlike journey of a sole psyche through the unholy horrors of Yarnham. 
This time we have a veteran from an untold war. This is a new twist in Bloodborne lore, as the war imagery resembles that of World War I from what we see. That potentially situates Yarnham and Bloodborne as a whole within the real world. I’m not sure what that could mean for the lore writ large, but, as a Bloodborne obsessant, I’m working on that.
It is nice seeing this comic toy with the local of Yahar’gul. For me, that is one of the most memorable locales in Bloodborne. It’s horrid, winding, and full of profane creatures. 
Bloodborne #14 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Bloodborne #14 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Piotr Kowalski uses it well, and it’s nice seeing the One Reborn and Darkbeast Paarl brought to life under his excellent linework. You don’t really get to see Bloodborne bosses fight in the game either, so it’s pretty damn cool getting to see Paarl and the One Reborn throw down, and Kowalski makes the most of it. Once again, Brad Simpson’s color work contrasts very well with itself, and he makes Yarnham and Yahar’gul as cold and frightening as they are in the game.
Bloodborne #14 is another alienating yet gripping ride through a decaying psyche entrapped by the unholy world of Yarnham. We get to see the man’s mind unravel from the sights, sounds, and smells of this profane town. It’s another great read and is easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.
Bloodborne #14 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, cover artist Morgan Jeske, and variant cover artist Yoshioka.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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