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Review: Bloodshot #12

Bloodshot #12

The finale of The Last Shot, and by extension the current run of Bloodshot #12 finally gives us the confrontation between Bloodshot and Rampage Harmony that we’ve been waiting for since Bloodshot Salvation teased us with the possibility years ago (it probably feels longer than it is because of the last year, honestly). Was it worth the wait?

Read on, and we’ll find out together!*

*well, you’ll find out – I already know.

To quote myself from the review of Bloodshot #11: “When it comes to the content and feel of this issue, and indeed the arc itself, I’d be willing to put money on the fact that One Last Shot was originally set to come out a lot closer to the release of the 2020 Bloodshot movie, as the arc feels in some ways as a pseudo sequel to the Vin Diesel movie told through the eyes of the Valiant comic universe. But with the delays caused by Covid 19 and the effective shutdown of the comics industry for a few months (not to mention Valiant’s still-reduced publishing schedule), things haven’t worked out that way.” I repeat this, because it’s worth noting that this book likely having been written and finished months ago means that the mob/riot/protest scenes glimpsed in this issue (but shown in more detail the last issue) have an eerie familiarity to the scenes in January. That familiarity adds a weight to the story that it may otherwise not quite have – whether this will be a timeless story or a story of the time remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a check in the right column for me when I read the comic today.

Bloodshot #12 is written by Tim Seeley, features art by Pedro Andreo, colours by the ever reliable Andrew Dalhouse and lettering by Dave Sharpe.

Sharpe’s lettering is going to be overlooked because the man is constant; never doing anything to break you from the book, rather doing everything right in keeping your eye moving across the page – often pulling your eye to parts of Andreo’s art without ever obscuring it. Andreo gives the comic a really interesting flavour; the relative newcomer’s art is kinetic and easy to follow – the drawbacks I noted last issue were nowhere to be found here. The artists get to flourish within Seeley’s story, making some great use of the white space between the panels as Bloodshot and Harmony fight their way across half a dozen pages in the comic. It wasn’t the fight that I was expecting, but it was still a satisfying conclusion that builds upon threads Seeley had left throughout the series. I won’t spoil what exactly happens, but it did leave me satisfied all things considered (of course I’d have loved to have a few more pages of the fight, but there’d have been no real way to elongate that scene without taking away the balance of the comic itself unless the main story in the comic was longer…).

Seeley wraps up this series with Bloodshot #12 satisfactorily. He pulls on aspects of Lemire’s run without revealing specifics, which is perfect if you’ve yet to read those issues after getting a taste of Bloodshot with Seeley’s run. It was a solid run, albeit one that was certainly impacted by the shifting release schedule, but I think it was a step in the right direction for the character, aligning the comics with the movie whilst still entertaining the hell out of me. I’m curious where the character will be headed in the future – and we won’t gave long to wait, all things considered, as Bloodshot will return in 2022.

I can’t wait.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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