REVIEW: Bloodshot Reborn #1

STORY BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Mico Suayan, Jeff Lemire
COVER BY: Juan Doe, Mico Suayan, Tom Muller, Dave Johnson , Lewis Larosa , Butch Guice , Jef Lemire
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: Apr 15th, 2015

Ah irony, you are a heartless wench. Bloodshot returns, just in time to take part in the Book of Death event later this year.

Brought to you by Jeff Lemire and Mica Suayan, we have a powerless Bloodshot, trying to find his place in the world during the day and trying to reconcile his past by night.

Lemire is in top form in the book. His script eloquently shows the distress and the quiet desperation of a man who seems to be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Plot wise, the past adventures are interspersed throughout giving new fans an idea of who bloodshot was and allowing fans to see just how much has been lost.  That said, the book is not without influences. The fighting the past at night element reminded me of The Dark Knight Returns, especially early on, and the introduction of “Little Shot” reminded me of a couple of scenes from the UK version of Life on Mars.

Micro Suayan had been quietly percolating under most people’s radar. Then came Moon Knight. From there he has been producing quite the portfolio. Fans of Valiant books will recognise his work. I have to say that initially, I wasn’t blown away by it. On second reading though I noticed the details, the way the camera angles worked in the panels and the differing styles required for the character elements and the cartoon element. The past seducing the present was possibly the highlight, both in art and plot when you take into account that due to the style of comic books, for the hero to appear, he/she has to have an epiphany. The colours by David Baron are a textbook example of how colour schemes can accentuate the art.

So it seems the Valiant have another hit on their hands. The book captures your interest, holds it and then once you are in, leaves you wanting the next issue.

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