Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by BUTCH GUICE
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: 10/07/2015
Behind an eerily scary scarecrow cover lies the next part of this easily readable series as the neophyte Bloodshot slowly regains his physical strength whilst his mental strength seems to fluctuate with less Bloodsquirt and a jealous ex-ghost girlfriend. Along for the ride are Agents Hoyt and Festival with their inverse Mulder and Scully relationship.
Jeff Lemire is rocking this book. There was a time in the very recent past that I was beginning to get a little bored with this book. Too much melancholy, which is still there by the way, too much Bloodsquirt, gone in all but reference and the ongoing debates with ghosts. However, Lemire seems to have turned the corner and the series seems to have refocused. This may have something to do with Ray Garrison coming to terms with his previous actions and his perceived required future actions.
Butch Guice is also in top form, with a realistic style that adds to the hard-boiled edge this book lives on. Guice seems to add depth to already heavy book, which if done incorrectly could have pushed the book over the aforementioned edge. As it is, the pair mix as perfectly well as some of the more established pairings seen on some big two books. Guice is ably assisted by David Baron on colors, who creates the same level of texture to the art as the art creates for the words.
Valiant have been putting out quality books for some time. Comic book commentators will say that Ninjak is the jewel in their crown, beating out long stay book XO. But for me, the smart money is on Bloodshot with its realistic approach and a much flawed character, who despite his issues, looks to make his corner of the world of which he feels he is totally responsible for, better. Lemire and Guice with Baron’s help, are creating one of the most viable, entertaining and consistent reads month after month.