The Nanite-Fueled Supersoldier is Back! Advanced Review – Bloodshot #1
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Brett Booth
Inker: Adelso Corona
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
The first issue of the newest Bloodshot series reads as a departure from the last couple of series that has showcased the character. The previous series, Bloodshot Rising Spirit, left a pretty bad taste in the mouth of fans, with a rotating team of creators and left them pining for the days when writer Jeff Lemire took over the character and gave us Bloodshot Reborn and Bloodshot Salvation. That series came at a time of much turnaround for Valiant.
Now, Tim Seeley is handling the writing on Valiant’s soldier supreme and by doing so, taking the character in a very exciting direction. Previous work by Lemire had him stripping the character down to his core, doing some great self-examination of who the character is and the world he inhabits. The quality was high and Lemire’s work will be recommended very much to potential new readers when the Bloodshot movie with Vin Diesel hits theaters in February of 2020. That’s fine but with as much as I like what Lemire did with Bloodshot, I’m glad Seeley is doing his own thing with his take on the character. This isn’t self-examination, we aren’t stripping him down to his core or finding out what makes him tick. Instead, it’s a lot of action. It’s Bloodshot being heroic for those that need him. It’s guns, violence and explosions and it’s exactly what I feel is needed with the character. This first issue grabs the reader’s attention fast and it gives Bloodshot a bit more of a relaxed attitude. We don’t see a man down in the dumps or stuck in the throws of addiction or even the worried family man. Instead, Bloodshot is the action hero that he deserves to be.
Bloodshot also marks the debut of Brett Booth with Valiant Entertainment. Personally, I feel his art is perfect for this new launch. If you have a comic book with a lot of superhero action and such, you need a good art team. Valiant tends to do really well here, too, so it shouldn’t be a shock that Booth, inker Adelso Corona and colorist Andrew Dalhouse deliver the goods.
The main cover is by Declan Shalvey and while I normally love his art, I’m just not feeling it with the main cover that is used for this first issue. That said, with a first issue from Valiant, there’ll be a lot of variants for the issue so finding a cover I like more won’t be an issue.
Bloodshot’s latest series is an action-packed blast. Who knows what the future holds for this nanite-powered hero. His movie is coming up and he could be the next big thing and if that’s the case, Tim Seeley’s take on the character couldn’t come at a better moment. For me, Bloodshot 1 has a great mix of writing, art and Bloodshot just having fun doing what he does.