Comic Review: Bloodshot U.S.A #1 (Valiant)

Jeff Lemire is of n heck of a busy writer. Lemire has been writing Extraordinary X-Men, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight, and all the other comic book titles for Marvel […]

Jeff Lemire is of n heck of a busy writer. Lemire has been writing Extraordinary X-Men, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight, and all the other comic book titles for Marvel and Image, that one can’t seem to comprehend how he can make the scripts or even have time to write!

Lemire has been writing the Bloodshot title for sometime, planting seeds that he would grow as the stories would go along. Looks like it just might pay off after all the arcs he has recently written building up to the current mini series Bloodshot U.S.A.

The issue starts off with a bunch of suits who have been in charge of project Rising Sun , which has loomed and manipulated Bloodshot behind the scenes for sometime now. The men in charge decide to replicate the nanite virus that gave Bloodshot his abilities and utilize it for their corporate and political agenda to manipulate the political field, in order to further push their military industrial complex plans to the point where they can be seen as Heroes despite secretly staging catastrophes in the first place. The comic then shifts to a year later to the present day, where New York is ravaged by bloodshot infected civilians wreaking havoc. The comic takes place a week after Bloodshot and the other Bloodshots escaped from the island after their encounter with Deathmate. Once Bloodshot and his friends are recovered , they find out that they’re in for the fight of their lives once they touch down to New York. And when it gets nasty, man does it get nasty for all of U.N.I.T.Y, and Bloodshots other allies. Will they defeat the threat that their own government has pit against them?

This was a solid first issue to an arc that Lemire has been building up to. Its great to see how seamless this event transitions from the prior issue of Bloodshot : Reborn issue 18. Lemire’s writing gives good bits of information. Condensing events from without boring or taking the reader away from the story.

The art by Doug Braithwaite is fantastic. It’s got a blockbuster feel to the story given the way braithwaite illustrates the pages, sets the panels and scenes. He sorta gives off Steve Epting/ Oliver Copiel art vibes, which isn’t bad in terms of comparing the effective pencils that they commonly do a good job at doing. Braithwaite really nails that cinematic scope in this issue. The colors by Brian Reber do a good job at complementing and reflecting the cinematic aesthetic that Braithwaite’s pencils display. If you’ve been loving Bloodshot’s adventures, or have been following Jeff Lemire’s run on this series, or have read other material by him, then I think you’ll like this book, and may consider checking it out. But if you’ve been reading Lemire’s Bloodshot run thus far, then I think you’re in for a worthwhile treat.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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