There is really no other way to describe it. Every page reveals a new twist or scenario that turns everything on its ear. By the end of the book there is no telling (for the reader or the main character) what is real, who is right, and where is home. It brings home for the reader the desperation that is Bloodshot.
The book opens with Bloodshot waking up strapped to a gurney. To make matters worse, there are soldiers all around and one is prepared to shoot him in the head. Not a good way to wake up from a dream you thought was reality!
That opening scene, and the violence which ensues, is fairly indicative of the wild ride that is reading an issue of Bloodshot. The drama is high. The violence is intense. And there are always lingering doubts about what is and is not to be believed.
Duane Swierczynski’s script plays it pretty close to the chest. There is enough revealed along the way to keep the reader interested, but so much more is being kept secret. This issue introduces a few more characters, each one deepening the mystery and enriching the tapestry of lies surrounding Bloodshot. In addition, there are little nods to the shared Valiant Universe as Project Rising Spirit continues to be a major factor in this book, while also being the organization hunting down Peter Stanchek over in Harbinger. It is nice to see this kind of shared universe action again without it having to be a MAJOR CROSSOVER EVENT! It gives a bit of cohesion to the Valiant Universe, but it in no way takes away from the enjoyment if you are not reading all the books.
The art by Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi is top notch. The glossy, perfect-ness of what Bloodshot believes is he family life in the “real world” is juxtaposed with gritty harshness of blood and violence in the world around him. No wonder Bloodshot is trying so hard to get back to that reality. It is beautiful there.
Bloodshot is the most intense action book on the stands. It keeps the reader guessing from page to page and never fails to thrill. I have no idea where the series is headed, but that is a good thing. I know that it is going to be a wild adventure along the way!
Bloodshot #2 is now available!