A slew of unstable Super Soldiers have been released onto the soils of the world, and the only person capable of hunting them down and stopping them is Bloodshot!
With no one to answer to, Bloodshot sets out to protect those that can’t protect themselves, all the while leaving some shell casings and blood to follow.
Deniz Camp does a fantastic job writing a well-paced comic that allows for the story to flow without ever dragging. It can be tough trying to sludge through a first issue sometimes, and Camp manages to get right to the nitty gritty with no issues in sight. The only issue that occurs is the problems that Bloodshot faces when set on a new path that calls for him to bear arms and combat again, which is a delight for readers but a dilemma for him. It’s pleasant to see that Bloodshot was just a product of one of many super soldier programs, and given how weary he is of it all, makes for good reflective commentary on the military-industrial complex and its effects on veterans. Seeing Bloodshot deal with crooked, fun house versions of himself is always an engaging read when handled well, and it’s a pleasant read throughout that feels more in spirit to what Jeff Lemiere did during his run while being its own thing. What’s most enjoyable is that the title lives up to its name as this might be the most gruesome iteration of the series yet.
Jon Davis-Hunt is no stranger to the Valiant universe and is a natural fit for a character such as Bloodshot. His previous work on books such as The Wildstorm, and Shadowman is proof that he is a good artist to be paired with Bloodshot. Davis’s artwork is detailed, and pleasantly laid out, and the ballistic choreography is something to be expected, and with the wonderful color work of Jordie Bellaie, it’s well executed. Hassan Otsmane- Elhaou does a great job with the lettering, finding different ways of placing and pairing it with the art, making it an enjoyable read on all fronts. If you’re looking to get into Bloodshot, and have no familiarity of prior runs, this is a good jumping-on point for no holds bar action. It’s a solid jumping-on point and worth adding to your pull list for new comic book day.