Comic Review: Bliss #6 (Image Comics)

As Perry searches frantically to save his father Benton from the Goddess Lethe, a victim from Benton’s past hunts for him seeking justice. Perry must find the very thing that […]

As Perry searches frantically to save his father Benton from the Goddess Lethe, a victim from Benton’s past hunts for him seeking justice.

Perry must find the very thing that could save his dad from Lethe’s clutches. What is it that caused the rift between Perry and Benton, and how will the actions of the past affect their future?

Sean Lewis continues to build on this fantasy story that is very grounded in the themes of regret, trauma and potential redemption. As much as there is a fantasy aesthetic that surrounds the story, the plot and the three dimensional characters that make the book a captivating read. Benton’s actions for what he did as horrible as it is, is something that anyone with a loved one or a parent could relate to. And Perry’s emotional journey and feelings towards his father and circumstances is one that many can identify with.

The characters are fallible yet have a charm to them that keeps you invested in their mission to save each other from the terror of Lethe, and from their own pasts. Lewis knows when to plant sparks of humor and drama, making the book a gripping read and almost makes you forget that it’s a fantasy book. And that’s what makes this so Lewis’s writing so great. We get to see what happened to Perry and his father and how the event they suffered from still bare consequence for their futures.

As for the artwork, Caitlin Yarsky and Ari Pluchinsky do a great job as an artist/colorist duo. Yarsky’s expressive characters and gesture work gives each character personality and weight, making each character uniquely different from the other. Pluchinsky joins this issue providing color work, and does a great job at preserving the visual continuity that was conveyed in the color work of the previous issues. Both artists create an atmospheric world that feels lived in, and mesmerizing for the reader to follow.

For those new to Bliss, or somewhat curious, if you dig the concepts of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sandman, Breaking Bad or anything related to fantasy of that combination, then this book is for you. I definitely recommend adding this book to your pull list.
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