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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

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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

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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.

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

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Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #4

Hard to kill!

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #4

When a walking weapon of war like Bloodshot goes completely missing, you need the toughest of the tough to do the dirty work of bringing him back. Luckily, Project Rising Spirit has just such a team at their disposal – a black budget strike force with capabilities no ordinary soldier could ever conceive. Enter…the H.A.R.D. Corps!

In the interest of full disclosure, I read this comic before I found out that Valiant had given Graphic Policy an exclusive preview. This needs to be said because after being unduly harsh on the previous issues, I actually enjoyed this one. I feel the need to say this directly to address any potential elephant in the corner because up until this point, I’ve been less than impressed with the series. Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is the only Valiant book not on my pull list. It has, up until this point, been less than it could be.

Surprisingly, and thankfully, that’s not the case here.

Possibly because we don’t have to fight through the constant memory implant stories that don’t seem as engaging as they could, and possibly because the art is consistent enough to mask some of the short comings of the issue’s plot (though since this is much more of a straight up action comic, the plot is fairly simple and ultimately makes for a much smoother ride).

Because the comic has a more polished and consistent art direction (despite once again being divided between two artists), it adds to the overall ease of enjoyment for the reader. With Harvey Tolibao and Isaac Goodhart dividing the art duties between them, you can look at the comic as a two part story within the issue (or you can look at is as a complete comic, either way), with each artist adding his own unique flavour to the issue; Tolibao gives us a great splash page of Bloodshot unleashing a hail of bullets, whereas Goodhart is able to impart a sense of character and threat to the H.A.R.D. Corps soldiers that are (re)introduced in the series.

At the end of the day, this is isn’t the best Bloodshot comic that Vlaiant have published in the last few years, but it does reverse the trend of the past couple issues; this is an enjoyable comic, and I am hopeful that it represents a new direction in quality for a series that’s struggled to find its footing as it mires itself among flashback and memory implant sequences.

If you haven’t been reading the series thus far, then this is as good a place to start reading as any. Largely because it’s one of the better issues thus far, but also because you don’t need to know much about the previous events to enjoy an action packed Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #4.

Story: Kevin Grevious
Art: Harvey Tolibao (Pages 1-10) and Isaac Goodhart (Pages 11-20)
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

At last, the ruthless minds of Project Rising Spirit believe they’ve found a way to secure the Bloodshot asset…or have they? In this world of fabricated memories, there’s no way to tell who can be trusted…and who even exists at all!

Aside from unfavourable comparisons to Jeff Lemire’s run, and the Bloodshot series before that, which I have mentioned in every review of this series thus far (and am probably beating the dead horse at this point), there really wasn’t anything in this comic that garnered any sort of emotional response from me. It was honestly just a boring issue.

Personal feelings on the prologue nature of the comic aside (because even though I know how this ends up, new readers may not – and this isn’t a series designed only for those with extensive familiarity with Bloodshot), this just wasn’t a very engaging story. Bloodshot deals with another flashback, then gets thrown into a mission. There’s a few character building moments with the supporting cast in between these moments, but they feel both forced and flat. There’s about as much character here as an old Jean Claude Van Dam film; whether we’re supposed to care about these characters or not, I don’t know, but the page is open next to me and I can’t remember their names (and have no desire to go look them up).

Artistically, the books seems… less than polished. Whether it’s the artistic team not working in a cohesive state (which isn’t unexpected given the number of folks involved), or that the art team are trying to over compensate for the characterless script, the end result is that we get pages that are serviceable. Nothing special, but serviceable, which is a touch disappointing given the talent within the creative team.

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3 gives us yet another variation of Bloodshot’s origin and his memory implants which does lead to a somewhat amusing Man-Out-Of-Time scenario, but that’s not nearly enough to elevate the comic into being a must buy. At the end of the day, there’s just not enough here to earn my recommendation, which has been consistent for the last two issues. There’s a reason that this series has fallen off my pull list.

Story: Kevin Grevious
Breakdowns: Ken Lashley Finishes: Oliver Borges and Ryan Winn
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 5.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.