Eidolon vs Bloodshot and it ain't pretty. After tearing through the Black Bar troops like Lu Bu in a Dynasty Warriors campaign, Bloodshot gets caught slipping by Eidolon's unique yet devastating power set. As she's breaking him down on a genetic level, his nanites tap into a forgotten memory: just how Eidolon became a Black Bar agent in the first place!
The issue wraps up with a bloody yet daring rescue from an unknown man in a peculiar wooden mask akin to scorched flesh. Revealing himself to be a member of a group called The Burned, this man gives Bloodshot and opportunity that seems too good to be true, an army and all their resources at his fingertips to do as he will. But we all know Bloodshot ain't that lucky nor does this "Burned Man" offer anything substantial to earn trust. What will happen next is anyone's guess but smart money says it's about to get real bloody and real lethal.
Proving yet again that he’s a fan through and through, Tim Seeley brings us back to the early days of Bloodshot as a Psiot hunter for Project Rising Spirit. As many times before this old dynamic between him and that band of seedy creeps comes back to bite him hard. It also creates an interesting shift in the usual dynamic as well. Bloodshot is usually the hunter and the hero and the one doing the rescuing yet this time it’s him who needs a jailbreak.
Even the recruitment offer by The Burned is reminiscent of Bloodshot joining the H.A.R.D. Corps but doesn’t just rehash familiar territory. Seeley let’s his love of the character and the mythos shine by using the rich history of Bloodshot as a springboard for fresh new ideas. Keeping that crazy action movie feel we’re familiar with and love about Bloodshot comics but never getting stale. What makes the Burned’s offer all the more interesting is the very fact of Seeley’s intimate knowledge of Bloodshot. He knows we’ve seen him run with shifty black OPs crews before and still doesn’t shy away from it. That can only mean that Tim Seeley has something grand in the works here and I’m chomping at the bit wanting to see what it is.
Not only that but the dynamic between Bloodshot and Eidolon is basically begging to be explored more. I mean you don’t introduce a Psiot with the power to control DNA and one with a history involving Bloodshot and leave it just at that. How these two will play off each other in the future is enough to keep you hooked but the phenomenal artwork by Brett Booth and Adelso Corona is there to make sure you’re first in line at your LCS to pick up the next issue.
Bloodshot #3[Seeley/Booth/Corona]- Valiant is taking no prisoners with this one, every page is killer in every sense of the word and it just doesn't get much better than this.
Bloodshot #3: History Repeating
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 9/109/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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