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Bliss #1 (Image Comics) cover (detail) by Caitlin Yarsky
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Bliss #1

Author: Sean Lewis
Artist: Caitlin Yarsky
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 22nd, 2020

Bliss #1 is the beginning of an all-new maxiseries from the minds of Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarksy—the creative team that brought you Coyotes.

 

Introducing the Perfect Accomplice for Crime in Bliss #1

Bliss #1 is the beginning of an all-new maxiseries from the minds that brought you Coyotes. Sean Lewis (writer) and Caitlin Yarsky (artist) have come together again to tell a story of crimes and drugs.

This is the first issue in what will be an eight-issue series revolving around Feral City and the unfortunate inhabitants. It’s already proving to be a dark story, one focused on a drug of the same name (Bliss) and the unusual side effects it has.

Writing

Bliss #1 (Image Comics) cover by Caitlin Yarsky
Bliss #1 (Image Comics) cover by Caitlin Yarsky

Bliss #1 is every bit as haunting and disturbing as the description makes it sound—and then some. It is a shockingly ethereal tale, as one child tells the story of their father—and his great fall. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful, and yet unafraid to get dark when needed. Which is most of the time, actually. It frequently feels like half the point of this series is to raise internal debates about the moral dilemmas the characters find themselves in. It’s already proving to be a series that will force the readers to think and analyze their emotions.

The story (so far) takes place in two timelines. The past explains all of the events leading up to the present. It makes the situation feel even more complicated than it appeared at first glance. It evokes sympathy and even pity. Yet it does not provide an easy answer to the problem.

Looking back on this issue, it’s providing a fascinating look at human nature, and the depths that one can and will go to…Especially when aided by something like Bliss. It’s emotional and tense, and content to leave you mulling over the problem for hours.

Art

The artwork that comes with the plot in Bliss #1 is unique, yet perfect for the story being told. The ethereal introductory sequence demands attention, all before dropping the reader into a realm that feels much more physical—and foreboding.

This series is showing the best and the worst that people have to offer, and thus the artwork responds accordingly. It dances around the graphic nature of events, while still leaving readers crystal clear on what actually took place. 

That was the right call—there’s no gore to distract from the core of the plot, or the debates it brings with it. Despite everything, this issue reads as being overwhelmingly human, from the way the characters act, to how they’re depicted on the pages.

The colors are heavily influenced by the tone of the scene—and the dominant emotions of the characters. It’s a clever way to influence the readers, while not becoming overpowering. This was just one of the many ways in which the visuals increased the impact of this tale.

Conclusion

Bliss #1 didn’t waste any time, instead opting to throw readers straight into one of the biggest moral dilemmas around, and doing so in beautiful detail. It’s rich and fascinating, all while being exceptionally dark.

In short, this is a series worth checking out, especially if you want something that will make you want to sit back and think. It’s also potentially a great conversation-starter, despite the heavier subject matter at hand.

 


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