Bloodshot Salvation #6 Review

“It’s Not Bloodshot Who’s The Problem”

Title: Bloodshot Salvation #6
Publisher: Valiant
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Renato Guedes
Letters: Simon Bowland
Publication Date: February 14, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: “ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART ONE! Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own… Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on Omen for the rescue attempt of a lifetime! A wrenching new chapter for Valiant’s powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!”

Story:

Ray Garrison’s family is in crisis. His baby daughter is dying from the same technology that makes him the super soldier Bloodshot and he must risk everything in order to save her. Even if he is successful, will his wife ever forgive him? Should she?

Writing:

Jeff Lemire knows how to get to the emotional core of any situation. In dire circumstances, whether enhanced by nanites or not, it is the heartbreak that is front and center even when gearing up for battle. The balance of family drama, action adventure and supernatural thriller is ordinarily difficult to achieve, but Lemire has leveraged each against the others to provide a high stakes story with immense possibility.

Artwork:

Beautiful and creepy, Renato Guedes infuses darkness with humanity. From a heartbreaking hospital scene to a creepy cemetery encounter, he never loses the intensity. Dramatic and nuanced, the art perfectly matches the prose.

The Bottom Line:

This is the story of a Dad willing to go through hell in order to save his child. That his family is in the center of a vast web of intrigue, he happens to be a science enhanced super soldier who has to cheat death, and he must survive the unknown agenda of a mysterious organization makes Bloodshot Salvation that much more interesting. There is an awful lot going on here, but jump in, the water’s fine, even if it is deep.

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