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Bloodshot #0 Review

5

Bloodshot's origin is finally revealed.

The Good

Who is Bloodshot? How was he created? These are questions we've all been since Valiant reintroduced the character in his series last year. Now, writer Matt Kindt is tasked with answering these questions and he does an awesome job throwing us face first into Bloodshot's bloody and twisted origin.

While diving into the past, Kindt has the gritty events narrated by a scientist who was tasked with giving Bloodshot... well, a soul/conscious. The format works well, allowing us to jump across various time periods without ever making it a jarring experience and, more importantly, the method gives off an organic voice to lead us through the story without ever feeling like we're reading forced exposition. This man's struggle to solve the riddle is thoroughly engaging and totally dark. Lives fade right in front of his eyes just for the sake of his experiment and we see Bloodshot once had a problem with "collateral damage." It's bleak and gripping stuff -- exactly what you'd expect from this title. It's a solid tale, filled with more than a handful of shocking and rather compelling moments for you to absorb.

Kindt also does a fantastic job pacing the issue, managing to throw in vicious action pieces without feeling like they're there just for the sake of including some of the title's signature violence. Artist ChrisCross and colorist Moose Baumann do a disturbingly impressive job bringing these graphic scenes to life. Heads explode, limbs are removed, guts are ripped out, and many, many people are riddled with bullets in absolutely horrific ways. There's a strong emphasis on making the blood bold and over the top, and the end result makes for some truly vivid bits of R-rated action. My only small gripe with the art is the handling of motion in a single moment, but it's by no means enough to overshadow the thorough work in literally every other panel.

The Bad

Honestly, I have no major complaints with this zero issue. Totally delivers and then some.

The Verdict

BLOODSHOT #0 is a super satisfying standalone story which answers the questions we've been asking since the very first issue. Who is Bloodshot? What makes him unique? Are those families real or even his? Kindt crafts a fascinating journey for us to enjoy and Cross/Baumann nail the brutal bits of chaotic action -- and yes, there are quite a few of them in this one.

A solid narrative and shockingly detailed violence... what more could you honestly want from an issue of BLOODSHOT? This is a must buy for anyone who loves the series and a more than serviceable jumping on point for everyone else.

9 Comments
Posted by karrob

Awesome!

Posted by Ando123

IM gonna buy it now¡

Edited by Hawkguy

Wicked issue. It really shows just how mature and... non-Big 2 Valiant is with its books. The corruption and deceit in this one issue speaks on so many levels and is very much relatable to modern times.

Loved it, definitely deserves the perfect score. Pick this up!

Posted by jwalser3

Afroshot.

Posted by DecoyElite

Great review, can't really disagree with you on anything here.

I will say that this comic isn't really the best jumping on point for new readers. It's a nice little story but it doesn't really introduce the narrative of the series. Still highly recommend it to people, just think they should go in knowing that it's more of an interesting one-off tale.

Posted by Cavemold

Loved afro shot

Posted by Extremis

As a Bloodshot fan and reader I wouldn't say this answers our questions really as you say. This issue is so good precisely because it raises even more questions and leaves us pondering more about the character than when we started. We have no idea who Bloodshot really is or the host body. Is he the man whose "soul" was absorbed? Was that body even used? Is the Bloodshot at the end of the issue the same as today? Are all the previous Bloodshot's the same as the one today? Is he ALL of these people? Afterall, what are we but a collection of memories? And considering the amount of people's memories implanted into Bloodshot's mind, it might be more accurate to believe he is not one man or one soul, but MANY.

And the questions don't just stop with Bloodshot's identity or these philosophical ponderings of what is identity in general, but does Bloodshot kill his creator at the end? There's a wonderfully ambiguous moment of static on the last page where we change perspectives to what seems to be Bloodshot's and then back again. Is this the nanites recognizing the "soul" of another, possibly meaning an inking of mercy? Or is it indicative of Bloodshot's nanites absorbing yet another "soul", thus ensuring the multiplicity of his identity?

Posted by SavageDragon

@extremis said:

As a Bloodshot fan and reader I wouldn't say this answers our questions really as you say. This issue is so good precisely because it raises even more questions and leaves us pondering more about the character than when we started. We have no idea who Bloodshot really is or the host body. Is he the man whose "soul" was absorbed? Was that body even used? Is the Bloodshot at the end of the issue the same as today? Are all the previous Bloodshot's the same as the one today? Is he ALL of these people? Afterall, what are we but a collection of memories? And considering the amount of people's memories implanted into Bloodshot's mind, it might be more accurate to believe he is not one man or one soul, but MANY.

And the questions don't just stop with Bloodshot's identity or these philosophical ponderings of what is identity in general, but does Bloodshot kill his creator at the end? There's a wonderfully ambiguous moment of static on the last page where we change perspectives to what seems to be Bloodshot's and then back again. Is this the nanites recognizing the "soul" of another, possibly meaning an inking of mercy? Or is it indicative of Bloodshot's nanites absorbing yet another "soul", thus ensuring the multiplicity of his identity?

All very good points. Nonetheless great issue.