Review: Divinity III: Komandar Bloodshot #1

div3-bs_001_cover-a_crainHe’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

The opening chapter of Divinity III blew me away last week in every way with the seamless introduction into the Stalinverse – which is Valiant‘s version of the alternate universe because of time travel (think Flashpoint or Age Of Apocalypse). As part of the main Divinity III story we’re also getting a few tie-in comics, much like we did with Valiant‘s other event type miniseries, Book Of Death and 4001 A.D., each of which had four tie-ins of varying quality.

Divinity III: Komadar Bloodshot #1 is the first of these tie-ins, written by Jeff Lemire who also handles scripting duties on the regular Bloodshot Reborn/USA title, with art by the phenomenally talented Clayton Crain; whenever you see Crain’s name on a book you should expect the comic to look incredible, and the artist doesn’t disappoint here. Crain’s style of detailed line work and digital painting wouldn’t look out of place on a gallery wall, so getting to see twenty odd pages of it is simply wonderful.

Beyond the art, however, and we find that story itself is about Bloodshot being sent to deal with – or rather eradicate – a group of rebels in North America. If you’ve read any Bloodshot comics then you’ll be aware of his fearsome reputation of being an unstoppable killing machine; which is essentially exactly what is on display here. Komandar Bloodshot #1 is an enjoyable read that may not be as essential to fans as the 4001 A.D. tie-in, but if you’re looking for an old school story of Bloodshot following orders and kicking ass then you’ve found what you’re looking for here.

But, let’s be honest, this comic is not required reading for your enjoyment of Divinity III. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your money, though, and will give you a deeper understanding of the character in this universe.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Clayton Crain
Story: 8.75 Art: 10 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I’m also purchasing a copy upon release.