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Review: Bloodshot Salvation #4

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This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the very same nanite technology, but fueled by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

After last issue’s cliffhanger ending, Bloodshot Salvation #4 takes a different track as it fleshes out the backstory of two major players in the series, the Scarred Man and Rampage, which means we’ll have to wait until at least issue five to get some form of resolution to the aforementioned cliffhanger. It’s almost enough to make a person feel a little miffed, or it would be if Jeff Lemire didn’t produce a compelling, if slightly telegraphed, story as he and artist Mico Suayan take a brief but welcome look into the antagonists of the series.

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The story itself, although not the most complex, or original if we’re being honest (but then you show me an entirely original origin type story these days that’s still of a high caliber) is both engaging and well told; you may suss out the ending by the midpoint, but you’ll still enjoy the journey as told by a writer at the top of his game. But just because I could see where the story was heading didn’t mean that there wasn’t a couple of smaller, more character based surprises for me toward the end of the comic.

Mico Suayan is, once again, on utterly brilliant form as the brings the story to a visceral presence as you read the comic. The underlying sense of dread as the tale unfolds, and the very palpable fear of the young characters wouldn’t be half as effective were it not for Suayan’s art and colourist Diego Rodriguez. 

Bloodshot Salvation #4 is a bit of a break from the story running though the first three issues, but it’s one that teases out the cliffhanger of the previous issue with a fleshing out of characters that, ultimately, needed a bit of fleshing out. How this will play into the rest of the series, well we’ll find out sooner or later, eh?

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Mico Suayan Colourist Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I will purchase my copy anyway.

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