When “Bloodshot” was re-launched in the Valiant universe, the title was overflowing with creative enthusiasm and energy. As time went on, “Bloodshot” managed to fire some deadly rounds, but a couple crucial misfires began to twist the series into knots. Now with the series emerging out of the ‘Harbinger Wars’ crossover event, “Bloodshot” has been given a makeover with a brand new creative team, brand new title, and bold new direction. Writers Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart have taken over and with their first issue they deliver the sense of excitement that this book has been missing.
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart
ART BY: Emanuela Lupacchino and Emanuela Lupacchino
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: September 18, 2013
With Bloodshot being taken prisoner by Harada and the Harbinger Foundation following the ‘Harbinger Wars’ storyline, it provides the perfect launching point for them to spin the book in a new direction and incorporate H.A.R.D. Corps into the mix. They do some fantastic character work with Major Palmer in this issue and show readers how he gets pulled back into H.A.R.D. Corps through Project Rising Spirit. Gage and Dysart understand that before bullets can fly, we have to care about the characters. Here they give readers the back-story to each of the various members of H.A.R.D. Corps and their motivation for risking their lives. The supporting cast of characters is one of the books biggest assets and there is a sense of anxious anticipation for readers to find out what happens next.
Joshua Dysart is one of Valiant’s brightest talents, and his work on Harbinger has turned that book into one of best team superhero books being published today. With this issue of “Bloodshot”, Gage and Dysart have added the depth that this title was desperately lacking. Bloodshot was always a character that needed to be more than a mindless killing machine, and this new direction has given the book a purpose.
For any readers that may have previously dropped off or never gave “Bloodshot” a chance, this issue provides the perfect jumping on point for readers to get on board for what is poised to become one of Valiant’s most compelling books.
Reviewed by – BigJ