Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Butch Guice
Five issues in Bloodshot Reborn has received a lot of acclaim and praise for its engaging take on its titular character and the Valiant Universe which he resides in. With Issue #6 the creative team of Jeff Lemire, Butch Guice and David Baron deliver a smartly written, beautifully rendered horror book that is extremely accessible for new readers, while also gratifying for old ones.
For those that haven’t read any of the previous issues of this series there is a handy little “Previously On Bloodshot” page at the beginning of the comic which effectively summarizes the series thus far. In doing so it not only catches new readers up but also refreshes ongoing readers who don’t quite remember the details from last months issue.
Jeff Lemire is a writer who thrives at writing strong character moments as seen through his acclaimed run on Animal Man and Sweet Tooth and his mastery carries on with Bloodshot Reborn. This issue features a number of strong character moments as well as some big reveals and an amazing twist at the end that will leave you salivating for more.
If you’ve read any Valiant lately then you are probably already aware of Butch Guice’s art and how gorgeous it is to look at. His pencils make the characters spring up from the pages and they all seem like they could be real people. Guice’s style also effectively fits the horror/ action/ mystery style that Lemire’s script takes and is very familiar in tone to the, The Valiant miniseries that came out recently. The stellar tone of this book is greatly heightened by colourist David Baron, as his dark, muted colours take the horror direction of this book to new levels.
In an industry teaming with crossovers and tie ins it’s nice to have a book that stands on its own and is accessible as this issue is. Whether you are a seasoned Bloodshot veteran or someone who has never read a Valiant Comic, Bloodshot #6 is a comic that demands to be read.