More! Bloodshot is a freight train of a comic, powering down the tracks. This issue keeps that momentum charging along.
Bloodshot sets out on his quest to find out more about who he is, and what memories are real. To do this, Bloodshot takes to the road to confront his memories head on.
Things get trippy and strange when we see Bloodshot interacting with his fake memories in a way we have never seen before. It seems that Bloodshot is gaining more control over his memories, and his power.
We also get to travel to Atlee, Nevada, the city that we saw in flashback last issue. There are no concrete answers, though we get more pieces of the puzzle, while also learning that there may be more to it than we thought.
In fact, we get a lot of hints to past events without getting complete answers. What I love about this book is that every time we get a better glimpse of the picture of the past, we also learn that there is more to the picture than we realized.
This issue does not have quite the same level of brutal action of previous issues, this issue takes a bit of a turn, and has more of a “suspenseful thriller” tone than an “all out action” tone. Along those lines, this issue doesn’t break any previous records for the number of times Bloodshot is killed, but, of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of Bloodshot without him being killed at least once. Or twice.
One of my favorite parts of this book was that we saw Bloodshot act altruistically, we see him take a course of action to save innocent people. This is a trait of the classic Bloodshot that I like so much: He became a better person when he became a killing machine. If Bloodshot remains a ruthless, effective killing machine, it would be hard to connect with him. He would be little more than The Terminator. Bloodshot showed that there is still a man in there.
That is what was great about the original Bloodshot, he was a man struggling to determine what he is, and what makes him a man. As he was putting back together his life, he learned that he could make it whatever he wanted it to be. Despite the bloodshed and the efficient violence, it was an optimistic book about the nature of man.
It’s hard to rank the Valiant books. They are all really high quality, and there are so few of them. I’m starting to notice that ranking of favorites comes down to personal preference more than anything else. I know I personally prefer Bloodshot quite a bit. I want more of this series, and hope it continues like this for years and years.
A solid four out of five entertaimos.
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