Title: Bloodshot Salvation #4
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Mico Suayan
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: Simon Bowland
Publication Date: December 13, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: At last – the origin of Rampage! This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the very same nanite technology, but fueled by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world… “THE BOOK OF REVENGE” drives another nail deep into Bloodshot’s soul and psyche as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present, for once and all time, the brutal genesis of the man-made-machine called Rampage!
Ohio, some years ago; our story begins with two brothers who, at a young age, are struggling as they cower in the shadow of their terribly angry, spiteful, and probably, alcoholic, father. Before long, beatings are had, blood is shed, and a plan is concocted. And although the events that unfold in this are unnerving, watching them unfold is beautiful.
Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan work together to create finish project that is equally as heartbreaking as it exciting, and one of the most remarkable aspects of this villain’s origin story is that it has a certain depth that’ll leave readers torn, in future issues, because they know the boy that eventually grew into Rampage.
More so than just an explanation of where he came from, Bloodshot Salvation #4 provides Rampage with the motivation and justification necessary to do whatever ‘bad’ things he needs to do.
The Bottom Line:
Bloodshot Salvation #4 is a brief, but damn-near perfect villain origin story. Providing readers with the opportunity to see the boy that eventually grew into Rampage, this issue is one that Bloodshot/Valiant fans shouldn’t miss.