Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Comics: Bloodshot #1 and #2

Bloodshot #1 and #2 written by Duane Swierczynski include all the hallmarks of a typical Swierczynski novel with the added bonus of seeing the madness in his mind inked by Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi. As part of the Valiant reboot, Bloodshot has captured a whole new audience - I for one didn't read Bloodshot in the 90's and now find myself counting down the days until the next issue hits the stands. This series is off to a great start. Swierczynski has crafted a human with real emotions in a raw and awe inspiring regenerating shell. The action is second to none, the concept fully realised and executed to perfection. 

At the start of each issue is a little something extra for the reader. Issue #1 saw the nanites explained while #2 provided a nice story-to-date recap. Having re-read both issues many times, the recap highlighted a couple of key plot elements that I had missed on earlier reads - give these 'extras' due consideration, it's well worth it.  
The drawing exemplifies the battered and brutally misled protagonist. From #1's devastating violent eruption to #2's cargo bay revenge, the facial expressions - haunted, painful, loaded with fury, are on full display to enhance the reading experience. Adding to this are a number of teaser threads to heighten the anticipation for the next issue - notably the end scene of #2. Swierczynski does a great job at dangling the carrot while still giving enough away to leave the reader fulfilled.
I'd have to give these a perfect 10.
Check out the issues here from Valiant's site:

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