4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1 Review
4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Color Artist: Brian Reber
Cover: Ryan Lee with Allen Passalaqua, Cafu
Life through the eyes of an A.I. are always interesting stories, but Bloodshot is taking it to a whole new level of wonder. Sentient nanites have awaken in a world full of chaos. People burning, buildings falling, and flaming debris light up the sky. Meanwhile, this cloud of nanites are haunted by memories and feelings that are not his. Memories and feelings that belong to the “Ray-Self”. Amidst the doom and destruction, he must complete his final mission. He must move on and become a new being. He must become Bloodshot.
That would be easier to do if he weren’t a walking target, but when you whisper to machines and they listen, things take care of themselves. Seriously, he talks to machines and makes them do his bidding. That put him high on the cool factor in my book. Add that with an unwavering sense of duty, and we have ourselves a force to be reckoned with. I’m not saying that he’s invulnerable, but he certainly knows how to make his disadvantages work for him.
I like how the end of the book said “The Beginning”. It is a new beginning for Bloodshot and for readers like me who are new to the character. Bloodshot if free of his mission and can move on to experience the full potential of life, and new readers are able to experience his journey while being able to read past comics that might have led up to this point. The beginning of this book was a bit confusing. All the chaos that was happening is still a little unexplained. Since Bloodshot isn’t haunted with Ray’s memories, we might get some clarification in the next issue or so. Perhaps a little more reading into previous series will answer some questions.
There’s no question about this art though. Doug Braithwaite and Brian Reber have done a wonderful thing here.Every single page is filled with dynamic and eye-catching art. There are certainly no dull pages and no lack of excitement and movement. Even the minute details are worth looking at. I wonder how much effort it took to make it look just right. It paid off brilliantly. All the action was well laid out, and other less explosive scenes were still given the same attention as other panels. I appreciate how there was no unnecessary waste of space and everything on the pages flowed well together.
4001 AD Bloodshot is a book that I can let consume my soul and my wallet. I kinda have a thing with post-apocalypse/futuristic dystopia stories. Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite have given me that in a stunning way. All of the action and underlying story make this book very interesting, along with its great main character. With all that has happened, I’m still not sure if Bloodshot is gonna fight a good fight, turn to the dark side, or stay neutral on whatever conflict is happening. Maybe this isn’t that kind of story. Whatever happens is fine with me because its pretty epic so far.