Bloodshot #5 in full assault mode, lays a revenge tale that have no mercy and takes no prisoners.
Built as a one man weapon, infused with nanites that grants him speed and strength, he was imbued with artificial memories to be under control and to kill whoever they want at will. Luckily for him, rogue scientist Dr. Kuretich took him in and installed the mission records containing the wrong doings of Project Rising Spirit. Unfortunately for them, Bloodshot is ready and will not slow down until everyone involved is killed.
Bloodshot’s second arc “The Assault on Project Rising Spirit” is off to a great start.
On his quest for vengeance, Bloodshot is joined by the Psiot Melissa/Pulse and Medic Kara. As Bloodshot prepares for the battle by assistance from the nanites themselves, who are mainly women and children, we see his two companions kidnapped by a lethally efficient outfit known as Chainsaw, wanting to lure him into a trap. After a discussion with Dr. Kuretich, Bloodshot sets off on a glorious killing spree that landed him before the kidnappers themselves.
If Bloodshot was an action movie (soon hopefully), Duane Swierczynski definitely understands the character and the story elements to write it. Not only we have an action packed title under the Valiant flag, it’s also layered with emotional moments and intelligence that makes it extremely hard to not like. Even seeing the immediate fear in the eyes and facial expressions of Pulse when “Gamma” was mentioned automatically made me feel a great sense of concern for her. From the small but tender moments with Kara to his internal preparations and wanting to know who he is continues to make me feel sympathy for our titled hero, and root when he gets the bloody job done.
The great duo behind the art Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi are extremely skilled and detailed. I personally think it’s a monthly challenge figuring out how to decimate Bloodshot since he has the ability to heal, but each time it’s new and continues to show his healing in unique ways. The design of “Chainsaw” are definitely out of this world and if they were to be live in the real world, I would say terrifying would be an understatement. The art is wonderful and impactful, definitely feeling like a punch in the face when the action sequences take place.
Action enthusiasts will love this series and I highly recommend this book to be added to the ever growing Valiant collection.
5 out of 5
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