Festival and Hoyt fall deep down the rabbit hole and discover a much bigger conspiracy than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, Bloodshot must race to stop the nanites from claiming another victim – this time, someone with close, personal ties to Ray Garrison…
The penultimate issue of the current story arc The Hunt, is not a great jumping on point because if you haven’t read any of the previous issues, you’ll be a bit lost. That being said, this is a solid entry into the Bloodshot Reborn series.
Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice send this story rocketing to it’s conclusion with a comic that starts out mirroring the slower pace of issue #7 before taking off. Focusing more on the emotional struggle of Ray Garrison as he’s torn between reabsorbing the nanites that turn him into Bloodshot in order to prevent an insatiable blood lust from claiming innocent lives, while at the same time potentially losing his humanity at the same time; the more nanites that Garrison absorbs, the more he feels his humanity slide, and the closer he is to returning to the killing machine he used to be.
It’s an interesting idea and one that’s explored well in this issue, but there’s certainly still more that could be said on the matter (an I’m sure next issues there will be). That there is going to be an emotional confrontation next issue is quite likely, but until then, Guice and Lemire continue to build a phenomenal story that could easily be adapted into other media.
Bloodshot Reborn #8 is another solid comic book from Valiant that continues the current story arc brilliantly. As it stands, this is a story that’s worth picking up whether in single issues or the inevitable trade, but with the finale yet to come, the final verdict on this arc will have to wait till next month.
Writer: Jeff Lemire Art: Butch Guice Colours: David Baron
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review.
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