Comic Review: Bloodshot: Unleashed #3 (Valiant Entertainment)

Bloodshot continues his pursuits of other dangerous supersoldiers, leading him to another small town. But on this mission, he’ll require backup from the likes of X-O Manowar to stave off […]

Bloodshot continues his pursuits of other dangerous supersoldiers, leading him to another small town. But on this mission, he’ll require backup from the likes of X-O Manowar to stave off what could be the most dangerous threat to humanity yet.

The beginning of the book holds no punches thrown. Within the first page, horror bursts out of the panels, pulling you further into the story as Bloodshot and X-0 Manowar team up to eliminate a parasitic threat that is hiding within a small town. It’s interesting to note that while the previous two issues explore the effects of the military-industrial complex and how it affects people, Camp tackles other themes that fall into the umbrella of ideas that are explored through the lens of Bloodshot. You can’t have the military-industrial complex without some sense of disguised indoctrination by means of religion.

It’s interesting seeing how propaganda can spread by opportunists who seize opportunity where it can be seized upon the unsuspecting. Camp cleverly weaves that into the story as Bloodshot and X-0 Manowar try to fend off something more dangerous than a Xeno biological threat, which is, the dangers of dangerous ideas, especially when those of trauma are prone to it, which isn’t so different to the modern landscape of the Internet age. There are a ton of great moments and banter between Bloodshot and X0-Manowar as they reluctantly, to their own dismay, work together. There is as much food for thought to compliment the visceral action within the book.

Hunt delivers another series of beautifully illustrated and viciously choreographed action sequences across all the pages and panels illustrated, making every sequence have weight and power. Coupled with Bellaire’s color work and Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering, makes this a packaged deal of a book that’s worth picking up and reading. This is one of the best comics in Valiant’s library; and easily one of the best comics out on the stands outside of the big two, that is worth checking out for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

About Anthony Andujar Jr.

Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.