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.