Dark Horse Comics
Written by Dennis Culver
Art by Justin Greenwood
Colors by Brad Simpson
Letters by Pat Brosseau
The Rundown: Bloody Bliss will discover that her first adventure out in the world will not go as planned.
After defeating D’Kayde and throwing his head off a bridge, Bliss and her companions let his forces flee as they go to work freeing his slaves. It is in the slave pens that Bliss meets the love of her life. As Gaspar continues his campaign to convince her to return, she decides to tell him why she stopped in the first place as she goes to a grave and starts digging.
It is a tale of love and loss as the adventurer tells the story of her life with Ella and how the call of adventure and battle continued to separate them. As her sad tale comes to a close, Bliss unearths her sword and decides to return to kill D’Kayde for good this time. On their first excursion down from the mountain, Bliss will take on a horde of slavers and discover that age does more than affect the body over time.
The Story: Dennis Culver continues this brilliant and engaging story by giving the reader the back story of what caused Bliss to hang up her loin cloth. It is a slightly predictable tale, but it serves its purpose in showcasing why she would retire and what has made her bitter over the years. What makes the story even better is her first foray back into the world and specifically what happens when she tries her same bravado on a new generation of warriors. The results are both tragic and a little funny at the same time.
The Art: Justin Greenwood’s art is amazing. He makes the characters look amazing and the action is framed beautifully. There is a lot to love visually about this issue including the beautifully detailed backgrounds.