If you’ve ever cared for someone so deeply that you’re willing to do anything you can to protect them, then the Bliss comic is for you. I read a lot of comics, but few have ever affected me as profoundly as Bliss has. There is just something so human and relatable about the story that you can’t help but be pulled in.
I love any form of media that can make me feel others emotions as if they were my own. You give me a song that can make me feel happy or a movie that makes me genuinely scared, and I’m yours. In the case of Bliss, it was a story that brought me to tears. Bliss wasn’t just a story I was reading; it was a story I was living, and for a few hours, all of their pain was mine. It cut deep, and that’s one of the highest compliments I could give it.
Created by Caitlin Yarsky (Coyotes; Black Hammer; Buffy: Sisters of Angelus) and Sean Lewis (The Few; Thumbs; Coyotes) for Image Comics (Stray Dogs; Skyward; Saga), the Bliss comic is a fantasy story about a dad and his son.
Set in a world where a memory-wiping drug called “Bliss” is rapidly taking over the city, a young, financially struggling man finds himself faced with an impossible decision: He can let the hospital kick his deathly ill son out onto the street, or he needs to find enough money to afford his son the help and care that he needs, fast.
So he makes the only choice that he thinks he has and heads out into the heart of the city to become the personal hitman to the three gods that run the place.
That’s where our story truly begins, with a father going against his very nature to kill all those who stand in the way of the gods in exchange for enough money to cover his son’s medical bills, but by doing so, he ends up going past the point of no return and even once his son recovers, he is unable to find his way back out again.
At its core, Bliss is nothing more than a story about the length a dad will go to to protect his child and the lengths a child’s love will stretch to save their dad. Sure, there are plenty of fantasy elements added to make the story different and entertaining, but at the end of the day, it couldn’t be simpler, and that’s what makes Bliss as relatable and memorable as it is.
It’s a story about family, fear, the intensity of being overwhelmed, and being willing to do whatever it takes to make things right. Bliss is a story told over only 8 Issues, but it will stay with you long after turning the last page.
Bliss definitely started out as something that was just exceptionally pretty to look at. Everything about the art, from the cover to the art inside, called out to me. However, less than three pages in and the art weren’t the reason I was transfixed anymore. It was all about the story.
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