Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Mico Suayan
Colors by David Baron
Lettered by Dave Lanphear
Published by Valiant Comics
Release Date: 7/13/2016
Well I finally dove in to some Valiant comics this weekend and as I skimmed through my selections the one series that immediately caught my eye was Bloodshot Reborn from writer Jeff Lemire. Lemire has long been one of my favorite writers as he has given us some of the most extraordinary stories ever written with Sweet Tooth, Trillium, and Descender to name but a few. Not having read the first few chapters, I took the solicits word for it and started with issue fourteen which they claim was a perfect jumping on point as they begin the new arc Bloodshot Island. Although it was a fairly easy transition into the Bloodshot world for me, I did find myself reading a little about its history just to familiarize myself a little more with the characters.
To recap, Ray Garrison is a somewhat changed Bloodshot, wanting to atone for his past mistakes. His new way of life leads him to a newly found love with the girl Magic, which unfortunately turns out to be a forged memory. In actuality, he is once again under the custody of government entity, Project Rising Spirit. Able to escape, he now finds himself on Bloodshot Island with five other soldiers and a dog, all also products of the Bloodshot program and hunted by the mysterious angel of death, Deathmate. Garrison discovers that every day now for years, the soldiers die and then heal overnight, only to once again be thrown back to the jungle island to relive the terrorizing hunt all over again.
Minor Spoilers: Bloodshot #15 begins with Bloodsquirt once again occupying Ray’s dreams, as we get a glimpse of what matters most to him before quickly moving on to the next day’s hunt. This time around though with Garrison now part of the squad, there is a more strategic approach. Meanwhile in New Mexico we see former Special Agent Diane Festival, a profiler with an uncanny ability to track, as she continues to gather information in hopes of discovering the secret location of PRS. We also get some background on some of the other characters, specifically the Bloodshot from WWII, as we (or at least I) get some new information on just how far back this project goes.
I want to emphasize just how impressed I was here with the art. I had never before seen the work of Mico Suayan until now and OMG it’s amazing! I’m not sure if there is a word I can use to describe it, only that it’s incredibly detailed with gorgeous character illustrations and panel after panel of explosive conflict. The color work from David Baron is equally as impressive and gives the art a majestic quality that makes the illustrations here high-grade!
Lemire has never had an issue telling a story, and this is clearly the case here with Bloodshot Reborn. Never before have I started a series this many issues in with limited knowledge of its background and characters and been blown away as I was here. This is clearly a must read, must pull series and perhaps one of the best collaborations in comics today.
REVIEW: BLOODSHOT REBORN #15
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)