Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 is a damn solid issue. There’s plenty of action and violence, and the plot moves along nicely without really dragging. The new creative team of Christos Cage and Joshua Dysart has done wonders for this book and allowed for the character to reach new heights. Dropping Bloodshot into a more militaristic/team setting is a great direction for the title to take, and allows for readers to see a new aspect of Bloodshot’s personality. The dialogue is smooth, the violence is brutal, and all the characters are in that gray morality between good and evil, making for a hell of a show this month.
Emanuela Lupacchino is bringing new life to this title. Last issue was pretty light in the action department, but seeing her artwork this issue made me enjoy her on the title even more. She can depict a slow, character driven issue, or step it up with some high octane brutality and bloodshed to an alarmingly good degree. All those perfectly depicted emotional faces only make the action that much more believable and intense. Seriously, the book hasn’t looked this exceptional since it started, and I hope they plan on keeping her around for as long as they possibly can.
Cage and Dysart have made Harada into even more of a villain than I thought possible after following Harbinger. He just does not care. His complete lack of compassion for others is a good opposition for Bloodshot, as Bloodshot is quite the morally ambiguous character. I love Harada as a villain and his current permeation throughout the Valiant universe titles. Brain bursting, guys. It happens.
The book is really on a completely different level than it was a few months back in terms of both writing and art. The addition of new characters for Bloodshot to play off of, Harada being more of a central villain, and a new approach to art and action is setting this book off. If you were against Bloodshot at first, go give it another try now, because it’s a completely different book in terms of quality.
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