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Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8

The Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8 preview text asks “Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin?”

Not really, if we’re being honest. This comic actually creates more loose ends than it answers. That’s about par for the course with the series as a whole.

The series certainly took a turn for the better after Eliot Rahal joined the creative team. The back half of the series found a cohesive voice and direction. The series became an entertaining read after five somewhat forgettable issues.

Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 does an admirable job of bringing the story to a close on a high note. It doesn’t do quite enough to change my gut feeling that this series as a whole is worth reading. If you want to know the highlights and major plot points, read the issues with Rahal’s name on the cover. The last three, honestly. While this issue does bring to a close the eight issue series that was supposed to tell the origin of Bloodshot, and it does deliver on the threads and hints from the previous issue or two, it doesn’t really give us anything more that we didn’t already know.

This leaves me in a bit of a quandary; while Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is actually a pretty solid comic, but it does nothing to make the series as a whole necessary reading for Bloodshot fans. When you’re advertising that a character’s origin will be revealed, one would expect that there would be some form of closure or revelation beyond what was telegraphed the previous issue. It’s a somewhat disappointing feeling when you finish the series and realize that all we really took away was that maybe there has been more than one Bloodshot. Which we knew already, thanks to Jeff Lemire’s introduction of Quiet Man, Tank Man and the rest of the Bloodshot Squad in Bloodshot Island. And yet… the comic itself was actually pretty good, because Rahal is able to craft a fun story from his short time on the book.

When it comes down to judging the comic on its own merits, I think that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is a solid read, and I’d almost recommend you picking up the final three issues; but when you look at the series as a whole, I’m left feeling somewhat empty. It just isn’t that great of an eight issue run.

Story: Kevin Grevious and Eliot Rahal
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Art: John K. Snyder III, Diego Yapur, ChrisCross with Jordi Taragona
Colourist: Jason Wright Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 (of 8)

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #8 (of 8)

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOHN K SNYDER III, DIEGO YAPUR, CHRISCROSS with JORDI TARRAGONA
Colors by JASON WRIGHT
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 26th

Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin?

This issue will change everything you know about the nanite-filled supersoldier. The action-packed ending of BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #8

Early Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY
Final Order Cutoff June 3rd, 2019
On sale June 26th
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full color

Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin? This issue will change everything you know about the nanite-filled supersoldier. The action-packed ending of BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT!

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

In Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7, A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

After five somewhat forgettable issues, this series is starting to find its feet. Issue #6 was a step in the right direction, and Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 continues that direction. It almost is enough to make me wish we had more than an issue left in this series. That’s quite the turnaround given I was genuinely tempted to not read the series after the third issue. That would have meant not even touching the review copies). But with the turn around in the series, possibly aided by the addition of Eliot Rahal, I found myself actually looking forward to this issue with cautious optimism.

This issue delivers what I have been hoping for from this series since the first issue. Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 actually has me looking forward to the next issue in this series. The comic has me finally anticipating the upcoming Bloodshot series coming later this year when Rising Spirit concludes.

There is one glaring problem with the comic. There’s an oddly distorted Bloodshot in the air from a slightly odd perspective. And that, honestly, is the only nit for me to pick here, which is a far cry from the first five issue in the series.

At the end of the day, this isn’t enough to redeem the series. Rahal will end the series on a high note if he keeps going like this.

Story: Kevin Grevious, Eliot Rahal
Art: Rags Morales and John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #7

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Script by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RAGS MORALES, ALESSANDRO MICELLI, CHRISCROSS WITH JORDI TARRAGONA, DIEGO YAPUR, GREY WILLIAMSON 
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by VERONICA FISH
On sale May 29th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color 

A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

Bloodshot Unleashed in Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

The penultimate chapter of Bloodshot Rising Spirit is off to a gripping start! Who will be left standing when the dust settles in the action-packed Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7? Enjoy a preview of the exciting issue below!

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Script by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RAGS MORALES
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by VERONICA FISH
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 29th

A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will they succeed?

The mastermind behind Bloodshot’s memory implants revealed!

Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

How do you stop an unstoppable weapon?

New story arc! “A GUY NAMED RAY,” Part 1. Two of the leaders of the Bloodshot team find themselves on thin ice with their bosses at Project Rising Spirit. With little left to lose, they decide to take down PRS—and they have just the perfect weapon to use!

It’s always tough to start reading a comic in a series that has consistently failed to meet expectations, especially when that series was never one you were overly excited for or interested in. Such is the case with Bloodshot: Rising Spirit. After the last couple of issues, I was about ready to check out of the series and wait for September’s new Bloodshot series.

While I won’t say that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #6 has made me a believer in the series (I fear it’s too late for that), what I will say is that with Eliot Rahal coming on board to help with scripting duties (even though he’s not credited in the cover image above), I at least had a little faith that we’d get a stronger issue than we’d seen before – and we did.

Where issue #5 was essentially a prolonged fight scene between Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps member Gunslinger that had some cool sequences, it ultimately fell flat with the story. This issue doesn’t fall flat, and finally has some interesting sequences with Bloodshot and his struggle to adopt an identity as it’s forced upon him. The entire comic is full of condensed short stories as Bloodshot faces one identity after another, interspersed with a scientist or two commenting on the effectiveness of the new methodology of what essentially amounts to throwing shit at the wall and hoping something sticks.

If this was the first issue, then I’d be telling you to pick the series up; Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #6 is probably a better jumping on point in terms of quality than we’ve had all series – and since this prequel series takes place before Valiant’s first Bloodshot story since relaunching, you could actually just start here in conjunction with the recap and ignore the first five issues.

Overall, this represents a strong increase in the quality over previous issues – whether that’s due to Eliot Rahal and Rags Morales joining the team or not I’ll leave up to you. After the struggles the series has had thus far, it’s refreshing to see that there’s still hope that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit can end on a high note.

Story: Kevin Grevious, Eliot Rahal
Art: Rags Morales and John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Story by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RAGS MORALES
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by MARK TEXEIRA
Cover C by  DEAN HASPIEL
Pre-order Edition Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale April 24, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

New story arc! “A GUY NAMED RAY,” Part 1. Two of the leaders of the Bloodshot team find themselves on thin ice with their bosses at Project Rising Spirit. With little left to lose, they decide to take down PRS—and they have just the perfect weapon to use! Writers Eliot Rahal (QUANTUM AND WOODY!) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld) continue to declassify Bloodshot’s origin in this action-packed series, featuring the return of Valiant artist Rags Morales (GEOMANCER, Action Comics)!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

How do you stop an unstoppable weapon?

After a search-and-rescue mission gone awry, Project Rising Spirit’s most powerful supersoldier is alone and AWOL – and only the H.A.R.D. Corps can recover their missing asset! But the team’s abilities might not be up to the task…not when they’re facing off against the untested might of the living weapon of mass destruction codenamed Bl

Thanos snap had an immediate and effect on the world around him in Avengers: Infinity War, and just like that, the optimism I was left with after Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #4 didn’t completely suck is gone, and I am left wondering, not for the first time, just what the hell is going on with this book. The was far from an easy read, but not for any of the right reasons.

Where issue #4 seemed to be the turning point from less than average to average, this issue attacks the faith I had that we would finally be getting comics worth reading. It is, frankly, somewhat predictable and almost boring. Not at all what you want in a comic. Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #5 is essentially a long drawn out conversation between Bloodshot and Gunslinger, and while there are cool moments (such as Gunslinger using power sequences during his conversation with Gunslinger), there isn’t enough here to make the issue worth reading.

Which is a shame because although I was never find of the concept behind this series, I never wanted (or expected) it to fall as flat as it has done.

The best thing I can say about this series after five issues is that because it’s a prequel, you won’t need to read it in order to follow Bloodshot’s story from Reborn, USA Island and Salvation which is good because you’re really not missing much. When it comes to reading this series, one could (perhaps should?) be asking “what’s the point?”

Story: Kevin Grevious
Art: John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Jason Wright Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 5.5 Art: 5.4 Overall: 6.1 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Exclusive Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Art: John K. Snyder III
Colors: Jason Wright
Letterer: Simon Bowland

How do you stop an unstoppable weapon?

After a search-and-rescue mission gone awry, Project Rising Spirit’s most powerful supersoldier is alone and AWOL – and only the H.A.R.D. Corps can recover their missing asset! But the team’s abilities might not be up to the task…not when they’re facing off against the untested might of the living weapon of mass destruction codenamed Bloodshot!

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5
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