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Bloodborne Graphic Novel Launches Today, Here's An Exclusive Look

"Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep Vol. 1" goes on sale on October 23.

Titan Comics has brought some of today's biggest video game franchises to the printed page with its adaptations of Tekken, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and From Software's critically acclaimed action RPG, Bloodborne, among many others. The first issue of Titan's Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep series arrived back in February, but if you've missed out and would like to catch up on the story so far, you now have an opportunity to pick up the first few issues in one collection.

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep Vol. 1 goes on sale in comic stores and online today, October 23. It collects the first four issues of Titan's Bloodborne series into one 112-page graphic novel. Here's Titan's synopsis of the series: "Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic--where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned--a nameless Hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of Paleblood... his only escape from the endless Night of the Hunt..."

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep is written by Ales Kot, whose previous credits include Change, Zero, and Wolf. It features artwork by Piotr Kowalski, who has also worked on Titan's Wolfenstein and Witcher comics, as well as Dark Tower, Sex, and Robocop. Titan has provided GameSpot with an exclusive preview of The Death of Sleep Vol. 1; you can read eight pages from the upcoming collection by clicking through the gallery below. Kowalski shared the following insight on the excerpt:

"During this sequence, I found myself toying with a specific idea: making all the action seem like a video game action (tilted angles, various points of view, action shots as seen by the player's eye). However, I blended this action with a more traditional, European old-school comics style. I think it works."

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Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep Vol. 1 retails for $17 / £14. You can find more details on Titan's website. A fifth issue in the series, titled Bloodborne: The Healing Thirst, launched last month. Likewise written and illustrated by Kot and Kowalski, The Healing Thirst "delve[s] into the dark underbelly of the Healing Church."

Bloodborne isn't the only From Software series to receive the comic treatment. Titan has also published a comic based on Dark Souls titled The Age of Fire, a four-issue series written by Ryan O'Sullivan (Void Trip, Warhammer). The Age of Fire features "all the main characters" from the game series and is a "dramatic retelling of the Legends of Silver Knights." All four issues are on sale now.

From Software's next title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is slated to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 22, 2019. Meanwhile, Dark Souls Remastered recently launched for Nintendo Switch alongside the GameStop-exclusive Solaire of Astora Amiibo figure. While not as visually impressive as the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions, we thought the Switch edition of Dark Souls Remastered offered a unique way to revisit the landmark title. You can read more in our Dark Souls Remastered Switch review.

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