Living With Your Sins: Bloodborne #16 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The man lays face-down in a stone cell being served soup by a woman he killed. His mind wanders across Yharnam to the Cathedral and back to a decaying soldier and the mountain of bodies for which the man is responsible. The man next stands in the presence of the Great Old Ones, tastes their blood, and then soars over mountains. He wanders out of an asylum cell to see the halls covered in blood and bodies. He sees the red moon hanging low in the sky.

Bloodborne #16 cover by Connor Magill
Bloodborne #16 cover by Connor Magill

Bloodborne #16 concludes “The Veil, Torn Asunder” with another perplexing issue made up more so of concepts and vibes than a coherent story.
That’s not inherently a bad thing, and Bloodborne #16 does provide a gripping experience that urges you to ponder the nature of atrocity, sin, and how past connects to present. I can’t say it’s quite as compelling as the previous volume, “A Song of Crows,” which was also more of a vibe and concept story than a straightforward plot.
That said, this issue is still grabbing and provides an interesting portrait of our unnamed protagonist and his past sins.
Bloodborne #16 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Bloodborne #16 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Once again, Piotr Kowalski carries much of the issue on his back. Given the lack of straightforward narrative, it’s up to Kowalski to keep things engaging with his ability to depict the horrors of Yharnam and the ghosts that haunt the man. Brad Simpson’s color art delivers a heavy punch as well; Simpson’s ability to craft the dark and foreboding atmosphere of Yharnam amazes throughout the comic.
Bloodborne #16 is another intriguing conceptual comic that delivers the portrait of a man haunted by his past in a place that specializes in preying on the mind of the guilty. It’s an enjoyable and, at times, even meta read, and it’s worth a recommendation for sure. Check this one out.
Bloodborne #16 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, cover artist Connor Magill, and variant cover artist Yoshioka.
Final Score: 8/10

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