Review: Bloodshot USA #4

bsusa_004_cover-a_braithwaiteA weaponized virus has turned New York into a war zone…and Bloodshot is about to make his last stand for the heart and soul of every man and woman brutalized by the effects of a nanite-enhanced plague! But just when his one-man invasion of the Big Apple seems lost, the hard-coded weapon of mass destruction called Deathmate will re-appear to save the day – and secure Project Rising Spirit’s spot as the saviors of New York! Will her programming win out…or will the woman inside the machine seek the vengeance for which she has long yearned? In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, a new war will soon be fought…and all of America is about to bear witness!

Usually, when Jeff Lemire concludes an arc of Bloodshot Reborn, he has already given you enough of a teaser for the next arc to have you already invested, or he’s already set it up. This has the effect of the arcs never quite feeling like they’re a single continuing story rather than individual stories that interconnect. It’s a style of storytelling that encourages you to stick with the series, and for good reason, because you’re quite invested in the characters and the story.

However, with the final part of Bloodshot USA upon us, I can honestly say that we have an actual conclusion (for now) on our hands; Lemire’s delivered a comic that wraps up the Bloodshot USA story in a really satisfying manner.

I’ve said before the miniseries is essentially Valiant telling a zombie story, and like all the very best zombie stories Lemire has been able to weave some brilliant introspective moments for the characters into this series already for many of the characters, but fittingly for the fourth and final issue, we get to know Bloodshot just a little bit more. Lemire’s take on the character has been great, and the writer has really elevated the character beyond the mindless killing machine he once was.

Bloodshot USA is one of the highlights of the Bloodshot story so far, and a large part of that is this conclusion.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Doug Braithwaite Colours: Brian Reber
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review