Comic Review: Bloodshot Reborn #16 (Valiant)

“We can’t stay here… We gotta make a break for it”. Jeff Lemire kicks off the book with no breaks. The book begins with Deathmate formerly known as Kay choking […]

“We can’t stay here… We gotta make a break for it”.

Jeff Lemire kicks off the book with no breaks. The book begins with Deathmate formerly known as Kay choking the life out of Bloodshot. Behind the scenes, the organization PRS otherwise known as Project Rising Spirit are watching with glee to see their experiment tear at Bloodshot . But the protagonist is aided by Bloodshot nano-infused Hound who then teams with Bloodshot against Deathmate and manage to escape the battle after damaging her. Bloodshot finds a secret bunker and takes a moment to recover as he reflects on what PRS has done to his friend Kay. But he realizes a plan, and he and the Hound head out to follow that plan through. I don’t need to explain more about the story other than that little bit.

Jeff Lemire seems to be on a roll as of late. His Extraordinary X-Men title , His superb Moon Knight book, and this title among some other books. I don’t know how he does it. Bloodshot Reborn # 16 is a good read. I love the interaction with Bloodshot and the Hound dog, they make a good buddy system and a lovable team. Deathmate definitely poses a real threat, especially since she was once a friend of Bloodshot. I’m interested in how Bloodshot will deal with her when the story arc reaches its conclusion.

The artwork by Mico Suayan is fantastic. It has this hyper-realistic kind of quality to it. And it really does a good job at cementing the kind of tone that’s been consistent within this series. It’s got as much grit as much as it has it’s nice subtle moments. The way he illustrates Deathmate gives me Terminator 2 vibes of a cold-blooded machine bred to destroy without empathy. It’s not beautiful nor is it meant to be, which is what makes it well, beautiful. The colorist David Baron does a good job at making the colors of the environment feel barren and jungle like. While also doing a good job at showcasing how powerful and scary the characters are displayed due to those colors. I mean Deathmate looks menacing .  It’s an enjoyable read.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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