One of the things I love about Valiant is that as their comics continue to be released, and if you’ve been reading a couple of different series, you get a feeling that the stories they’re telling have already been written somewhere before. That they’ve been plotted years in advance. Whether, like me, you’ve read almost everything they’ve put out over the last six months or so, you’ve been in it for the long haul, or you’ve only read a couple of series (say Rai and Ninjak) for example, you’ll notice that as comics are released they reveal pieces of the larger tapestry that is the Valiant Universe as the stories within their comics are told across the life span of various characters.
If this is your first Valiant comic then you have a lot to look forward too as you start to put the pieces of their universe together.
Bloodshot Reborn #10 takes place thirty years on from the last issue, with Bloodshot surviving in a water-less landscape that feels incredibly Mad Max: Fury Road-esque. Brian Reber‘s colouring will make you appreciate your ability to just go to the kitchen and grab a glass of water. The landscapes are as brutal as they are beautiful, and Lewis Larosa‘s artwork is great throughout the issue. The immediacy he brings to the action later in the book is reminiscent of the desert based car chase movie trailers I mentioned earlier (I say trailers because I haven’t actually seen the movie yet).
We don’t really get too much into the story with this issue beyond the set up, but the story is paced very well; indeed, with The Analogue Man, Jeff Lemire is already setting a faster pace than the last arc. It’s a nice change of page from the slow burn story of the past four issues, and has me looking forward to the next part.
If you’re already reading Bloodshot Reborn, then you should keep reading it. If you’re not, well, why not try?
Writer: Jeff Lemire Art: Lewis Larosa Colours: Brian Reber
Story : 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review. Previously posted on Graphic Policy.