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Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst – Book Review

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Bloodborne
Release 30/04/2019
Graphic Novel

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WELCOME HOME GOOD HUNTER

Bloodborne, one of the most renowned games of the current generation is long overdue a sequel, but fans of this Lovecraftian inspired masterpiece created by From Software were in for a treat when Titan Comics began publishing an original series set in this dark and mysterious world, the first four volumes were collected in Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep which released in October 2018.

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Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless Hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of Paleblood… his only escape from the endless Night of the Hunt…

In April 2019 Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst is the much anticipated follow up, not directly following on from the first volume but telling a separate story that begins to provide further insight to the city of Yharnam and it’s inhabitants.

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FEAR THE OLD BLOOD

Written by Ales Kot (The Death of Sleep, Generation Gone, Days of Hate) Following the story of Alfredius, a healer doing studies into the plague curse caused by The Ashen Blood that is ravaging the city of Yharnam. Along the way, he encounters Brother Clement, a priest of The Healing Church. Though neither man sees eye to eye from a spiritual perspective they are drawn to each others outlook and desires to crack the case and cure Yharnam once and for all. Forming an uneasy bond that develops into a genuine friendship, each man starts to contemplate their own beliefs and loyalties leading to the suspicion that The Healing Church is responsible for the plague.

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As the story unfolds further we also get a look into the lengths people in Yharnam are willing to go to achieve their goals and the underlying madness that infects the city. We also see a bit more of the hunters on regular duty and how the citizens perceive them in the build-up to a hunt.

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GRANT US EYES

Pacing once again is right on the money, the relationship between Alfredius and Clement unfolds in the form of letters and diary entries that each man makes, this helps provide a large amount of character development across the four collected volumes without taking away from the core progression of the main story.

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The artwork is once again provided by the talented Piotr Kowalski (The Death of Sleep, Dark Towers, 30 Days of Night) the images pop off the page and really do justice to the dark, gothic, grimy vibes the videogame presented and fans will love seeing familiar locations beautifully represented.

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Final Words:

As a fan of Bloodborne, I have been really enjoying these graphic novels. The Game was very cryptic on storytelling but provided just enough insight and leads to piece together the core points but left enough to the imagination to make each person’s hypothesis unique. I would recommend any fan of the game to pick these up, with the discovery of The Old Blood and The Healing Church being such a prominent aspect to the game it was great to read a story that touched on this further from the point of view of two very different characters. The series continues to be one of the most intriguing and engrossing of recent memory, even if you have yet to play the game (no mercy for pitiful thing) then these stories will serve as a great introduction to the world of Bloodborne. Volume three, A Song of Crows is due out in August so now is the time to get yourself caught up!

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TBG Score: 9/10

genericspacerBloodborne: The Healing Thirst
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publication Date: 30th April 2019
Twitter: @ComicsTitan
Purchase: www.titan-comics.comgenericspacer

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