A Father’s Commitment… BLISS #1 Advanced Review
The team behind hit comic COYOTES returns for an all-new, two-arc maxi-series. There’s a drug called Bliss wiping away memories in Feral City. A good-hearted young man, overwhelmed by a deathly sick child and distraught wife, makes a deal to become the personal hitman to three gods, killing those in their way and sending memories down the river of Oblivion in exchange for his family’s well-being. Breaking Bad meets Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in an urban fantasy unlike any you’ve ever seen.
Written by Sean Lewis
Art by Caitlin Yarsky
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 22, 2020
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What would you do to save your sick child? Fight off a massive thug just to bring them their favorite fruit? Go to the black market looking for work, or any means to make the cash to pay for their hospital bills?
Accept a position as a hired killer?
Bliss #1 from Image Comics is the story of how far a father will go for his family, and a son’s resolve to defend the sins of his father.
The first issue is beautifully written. Sean Lewis does an incredible job getting the reader invested in the story and characters, and winning our sympathy for the situation. But it isn’t as simple and cut-and-dry as it would appear. There is an added factor – the drug, Bliss, which can remove those pesky, unwanted memories from the father, Benton, if he cannot bear the atrocities he’s committed.
The art is clean and bold. Caitlin Yarsky does a remarkable job creating beautiful panels that take part of an image in one panel to form the framing for another, which is such a clever way to make the page even more dynamic. The colors are so beautiful and bold, as well.
Bliss is definitely shaping up to become a great series. Fans of urban fantasy, stories of the bond between parent and child, and action will enjoy this new series immensely.
An imaginative take on a familiar storyline.