Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mico Suayan
Bloodshot has been one of Valiant’s coolest characters since the return of the publisher a few years ago. Unfortunately, he has also been one of more one-dimensional and static characters as well. This all changed with The Valiant, which began the process of turning the character into something more. Bloodshot: Reborn #1 by Jeff Lemire is the next step in Bloodshot’s transformation. What we get is well-crafted introduction to what’s left of the character following The Valiant’s conclusion.
Bloodshot: Reborn #1 starts off with a strong introduction of the character for new readers. The first few pages do well at explaining his abilities and all of the horrifying acts he is capable of. They also reveal some of the events of The Valiant and how Bloodshot ended up where he is now. Following the introduction, the reader is brought to the hotel where Bloodshot now lives. He goes by Ray Garrison now, and lives in self-imposed exile, mourning the loss of Kay and regretting the life he lived previously. It’s a side of the character we haven’t seen before and Lemire is successfully breathing new life into him.
The voice of Bloodshot feels different now, but is still somewhat familiar. He still isn’t a man of many words, but at the same time he is a lot less straightforward. Lemire also introduced an interesting “character” called Bloodsquirt, a cruel cartoon calling Ray back to the life he regrets living. Bloodsquirt brings some dark humor to a book that is mostly serious, but will surely lead to Ray making some bad decisions in the future.
Bloodsquirt’s design is great too, looking like a classic black and white cartoon character. Mico Suayan’s character designs are all superb throughout the issue. His pencils have plenty of the style that was prominent during the 90’s, but also still has a modern touch. Every character looks great, with incredible expressions throughout the book that never falter. Suayan’s style works with the book perfectly, making this a creative team I never knew I needed to see.