This was it, the Valiant title I have been waiting for since the relaunch of the company. Valiant has killed it thus far with its comics earning Harbinger a spot on my pull list, and putting X-O Mannowar in firm contention for a spot. Bloodshot has always been a super soldier, but in a way he has also been more than that. So without further ado, let me kick off this review by discussing what I liked.
1. The front page details how Bloodshot gets his abilities, what he is used for, and what his abilities are for.
2. The comic packs quite a twist, and makes us feel sympathetic for the character right off the bat. With a comic that introduces a character it is hard to also establish a sense of sympathy with the readers, and it does that.
3. Bloodshot is perhaps one of the most dangerous characters in comics, and is certainly one of the most dangerous characters in the Valiant universe.
4. The comic puts Bloodshot on path for an exciting story arc.
Rating before reading: 7
Rating after reading: 7
Bloodshot does a strong job at tying pieces of different genres together. For being an action/war comic, it far exceeds anything else on the market within its same genre. While the first issue was quite strong, and I love the direction the series could take, it could get complicated and go wrong if the creative team doesn’t handle it well. Fortunately for Valiant and Bloodshot, Duane Swierczynski is a very talented writer and possesses all of the skills to continue the excellence that was demonstrated within this first issue. If you want to read a comic that differs from the norm, and look into a hero that fits better with the action/war genre, then Bloodshot is your comic. The first issue was thrilling and exciting, and should make for a strong series.
Until the next time, live long and prosper.