Review: Bloodshot #4

Bloodshot #4

All aboard as Bloodshot faces off against ghoulish monsters on a bullet train to the heart of darkness in Bloodshot #4!

High-speed thrills and blood-curdling chills lurk behind every turn in 2019’s best new action series!

There are times that you want to read a comic that’ll make you examine your core values. Who you are as a person and what your place is in the world. Then there are the times that you want to read a comic that doesn’t make you think. That places its main character in a situation that requires the prodigious use of violence to escape from. A comic like Bloodshot #4. As an action comic, this comic is unparalleled. It’s balls to the wall action interspersed with just enough story information as to why Bloodshot is shooting his way through a train. You’re never left wondering what’s going on or why.

Before you think this is just a mindless comic, rest assured there’s a little more to it. If you choose to look for it.

Tim Seeley kicks off the next arc of his Bloodshot run with a comic that’s a great jumping-on point for new readers. That’s without missing a beat from the previous three-issue arc. Seeley is joined by artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. None of whom seem to know how to make a bad Bloodshot comic.

With the comic set primarily on a train, there’s a sense of claustrophobia as the action unfolds within a speeding metal hunk. There’s also a slight feeling of familiarity. Train sequences can be found in numerous movies, whether it’s Captain America: The First Avenger, any one of the James Bond movies or even Under Siege. Train scenes are always popular in certain movies because when they’re done well they’re really good. And this comic gets it very right. There’s a brilliant moment with an improvised piece of cover in a firefight. It’s a savage battle and an uncomfortable question as Bloodshot finds himself needing protean to replenish his nanites.

As previously alluded to, there is more to this comic than the action. Bloodshot is trying to find his place in the world. Whether that’s as a hero or an avatar of justice (or vengeance) or as something else entirely. This issue finds the super-soldier unleashed as he points himself at a target of his choosing. This is where the depth of the comic comes in to play, and while it is pretty spelled out for readers, the implications of the between-the-lines could bear some interesting fruit.

This comic is a brilliant start to the new arc. It’s a fantastic introduction for anybody intrigued by the movie trailers. So far, you really can’t go wrong with this series.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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