- on Wednesday, July 11 2012 and posted in Reviews
He's the best there is at what he does... And what he does is get blown up, shot in the head, and perforated.
Credits & Solicit Info:
BLOODSHOT #1 – ON SALE JULY 11th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (MAY121309)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAY121310)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAY121311)
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAY121312)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
I was a big fan of the original Valiant, and even of the Akklaim relaunch (to an extent). So the revival of this imprint is something I have been looking forward to for some time. One thing is evident right from the start: the new Valiant definitely respects its roots. But does it respect them too much?
There isn't anything here we haven't seen before. Bloodshot is a family man that wants out of the service, but is called in to do one final job. In the course of the mission we learn of the existence of Project: Rising Spirit (Bloodshot's handlers), and a group that opposes them. Bloodshot's whole life is a lie in a way that would make 1990's Wolverine proud, and he repeatedly gets f@#ked up. I'm not joking.
Bloodshot is tasked with infiltrating an enemy camp. So how does he do it? He gets himself shot with a missile. Then he proceeds to heal and take on the camp, only to get shot in the head. Then he heals and finds out everything is a lie, only to get ripped completely apart by gunfire.
This has become a somewhat tiresome convention for characters with healing factors. It unfortunately has the effect of neutering the character. Bloodshot doesn't come across as a bad ass super-soldier black ops elite machine of death; he comes off as an incompetent whose only skill is knitting himself back together after yet another gunshot to the head.
While I have no doubt that there are epic plans for this story, we are given little to go by here. Everything is hinted at, but again we are left with story conventions that we've seen a thousand times before. It's a decent enough yarn so far, but nothing really hooks the reader.
There isn't much to discuss here. The art for Bloodshot looks very good. Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi are fine choices for the title. They present the world of Bloodshot in a way that grounds it to reality, while still having fantastical elements that don't pull us out of the story. Bloodshot has always had a very simple, iconic design, and that is retained as well.
Bloodshot is a decent book that seems to be made for the nostalgia crowd. While it's great to see the character again, I didn't see anything in this issue that would really make the second issue a must-buy. Most of this failing revolves around the narrative, which is a story we've seen time and time again. I will keep reading in the hopes that this story can move beyond what we've been shown so far.
Prognosis: 6 out of 10 stars
Review by: Doc Jon
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