Review: Bloodshot Salvation #2
“Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…
Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the nanite-infused killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?”
I don’t remember the last time a comic left me utterly speechless, but this one came damn close. Jeff Lemire is on top form as he crafts a story that is superior to 95% of the other comics on the racks right now, which is impressive in its own right, but he’s joined by one hell of an artistic team in Lewis Larosa and Mico Suayan.
The first six pages take place less than a score of years from now as Rampage attacks Magic and her daughter Jessie in a remarkably brutal sequence that picks up right after the car transporting Bloodshot’s family crashed last issue. The encounter is more than an intense confrontation that sets the expectation for the next few issues around Rampage and the others, it’s also the most explosive part of the comic.
As the comic moves from the future to the present the explosive action changes pace to a more sedate pace that is brimming with an undercurrent that holds the promise of a violent outcome sooner rather than later.
Bloodshot Salvation #2 is, frankly, fucking fantastic.
If you missed the first issue then you’ll be happy to know that you can pick this up and get into the story pretty easily – there is literally no excuse for you not to read this (unless you’re not too fond of action comics with some incredibly intelligent story telling and plot building). Seriously, in a time when comics are being accused of retreading the same old ground, this series is a breath of fresh air.
Writer: Jeff Lemire Art: Lewis Larosa and Mico Suayan
Colourists: Diego Rodriguez and Brian Reber
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I also preordered the bundle, so I’ll be grabbing that tomorrow.