Valiant Entertainment 2017
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Lewis LaRosa & Mico Suayan
Coloured by Diego Rodriguez & Brian Reber
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Bloodshot is the perfect living weapon. Injected with billions of microscopic nanites that give him full control of his physiology, Bloodshot has enhanced strength, speed, can repair any injury, and is able to control technology with a thought. Magic and Jesse — Bloodshot’s family — have come face-to-face with Rampage — an unstoppable force who bears a striking resemblance to Bloodshot. This happened because Bloodshot — in the present — couldn’t leave well enough alone and went to confront “Daddy” — Magic’s estranged father who threatens all Bloodshot holds dear…
Normally I am not a fan of this whole then and now storytelling when it’s now and the future, now and the past okay because it’s inherently different, don’t ask it just is. The future is never really written in stone so events can happen that divert what we see and change the course of what’s to come, the past generally is showing how things to where the present is. Still seeing Magic and Jesse facing off against Rampage however is a nice look at things to come.
Jeff is one of the most prolific writers of his age, seriously look at the volume of work he’s currently producing, and it’s no surprise that everything he’s doing is seriously good stuff. The variety and range he’s capable of is astonishing to me though that does help in getting it all done all these different genre’s he’s covering. So of course I’m a fan of this and what’s done with the character. The characterisation, development and what he does with the pacing and story development as well is pretty remarkable stuff.
The character development here is great and I do love seeing Ray acting more and more like a normal human. It’s so nice to be able to relate to him this way instead of how we saw him in the beginning as that cold blooded killing machine who was more a tool than a man. To see the progression he’s made and to see that there is so much more to come has it’s own kind of excitement about it that keeps us coming back time and again to see it happen.
I do love the interior artwork here. My favourite moments came when Ray was talking to the dog, the way his face wrinkles and how just honest, handsome and concerned he looks is beyond what we’ve come to expect. The opening is pretty spectacular too as the attention to detail is fantastic to see and the overall linework is extremely impressive. The use of page layouts with their angles and perspective are handled very well. I’m super impressed with the use of backgrounds here and how we they expand the story and really give the bigger picture to the reader.
I like the way certain aspects of the story are advancing. The old man and his revival of PRS the introduction of a new character, or is that mystery man someone we already know?, all of it has this mysterious appeal to it that makes us want to see more about it. I mean why do these men have such a hard on for this damn project and are willing to try and move heaven and earth to control it? It really is one of the things about this series that I find fascinating PRS is like a hydra cut off one head and two more grow in its place. You couldn’t ask for a more stable yet constantly changing constant threat.
This is consistently one of the most polished well executed series that comes out.