Review: Bloodshot Salvation #6
“Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…”
Full disclosure: I have already read Bloodshot Salvation #7 as part of Valiant’s advanced review program to garner some buzz for the issue (it worked, and I loved the concept of that comic). The downside to this is that I already knew where this issue would end up, and if you’ve read any of the previews for #7 then you do too. The downside to this is that I spent the entire comic waiting for something else to happen, and nothing really drew my attention away from that wait. That being said, unless you’ve already read that issue then the above is honestly a moot point, and there’s still a lot to enjoy about Bloodshot Salvation #6.
Jeff Lemire is about as average as he knows how to be here, which is still a damn sight better than at least 80% of the other writers in comic book land. But despite not being a standout issue in a series that has habitually been among the best comic in the week of release, this remains a must read for those invested in the series and for any with a passing interest in the character. Lemire takes Bloodshot through the motions toward the inevitable as he prepares to do anything to save his daughter, there are a couple of cameo appearances from other stars of the Valiant universe that provide some of the stronger character moments.
Visually Renato Guedes is near flawless on this book with art that, at times, borders on photo realism. It’s truly fantastic stuff full of dark atmosphere, tense mood and raw emotion. Honestly, there’s very little here that doesn’t justify the price of admission alone (Guedes art is the only reason I read the physical copy I picked up on Wedesday).
A comic that, through no fault of its own, struggles in comparison to an issue that 90% of you won’t have read yet (but you will next month) is still a very good read nonetheless. Start reading this story now, and be prepared for one of the best issues of the year next month.
Writer: Jeff Lemire Art: Renato Guedes
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review