ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder,’ Trade Paperback

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Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder

Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder is published by Titan Comics. It comes from the creative team of writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar.

Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder begins with a man sitting alone in a gigantic library. The man, who is never named, muses about his mission. That mission is to travel the world and experience its sights. He does not do this for his own entertainment, but for answers. The man finds himself plagued with visions that blend his reality with dreams and transcend time and space. Through these visions, the man finds himself in a variety of disparate settings. At one moment standing amid thousands of corpses on a battlefield, another in a diving suit facing a formless horror.

After being confronted by a towering hooded figure, the man awakens under a full moon. He witnesses a battle between towering monstrosities before losing consciousness. The scene shifts to him in a room. He is writing a letter as he notices that the room around him is covered in blood. Soon the horrors around him compound and reality bleeds into fantasy. But when the dark truths come to light it may be too much for his fragile mind to bear.

Once again Ales Kot delivers a story that is simultaneously obtuse but extremely compelling. This nameless man’s journey through the world of Bloodborne is bizarre, twisted, and fascinating. Beyond this, there are also some very interesting glimpses into the greater aspects of its setting. Before this, very little had been shown outside of the expansive city of Yharnam.

The only problem with the story is that it is hard to understand. The perspective whips around at a breakneck pace. This makes it very easy for readers to get lost or miss key information. If this were in the introductory phase of the series that would be fine. But these are issues 13-16 and at this point a little more clarity is important.

Similarly, the art from Kowalski remains expansive, visceral, and beautiful. With every volume of this story that passes, it becomes clearer that Kowalski is the perfect artist for this series. The city of Yharnam and its denizens have never looked better than under his pen. The colors from Brad Simpson are excellent as well. From the oh so important blood to the crimson sky under a full moon, every page benefits from his work. The letters from Aditya Bidikar are clean, uncluttered, and easy to follow.

I enjoyed Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder more than the previous volume. I still wish that Kot’s scripts were a little less obtuse, but this story benefited from obscurity. The art remains outstanding and every page is a gruesome delight to look at. If you’ve been following this series then I definitely recommend grabbing this volume when it drops in January. If you’re new, then it will likely be confusing, but you may still find enjoyment reading it.

Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder will be available wherever comics are sold.

Bloodborne: The Veil Torn Asunder Trade Paperback
4.5

TL;DR

I still wish that Kot’s scripts were a little less obtuse, but this story benefited from obscurity. The art remains outstanding and every page is a gruesome delight to look at.