Bloodshot gears up to bring the fight back to Black Bar, the most high tech, well trained black OPs unit on the planet. Seeking to settle a score but more than that rescue Mina Nez aka Eidolon a Psiot he captured during his enslavement as Project Rising Spirit's boogeyman. Now armed not only with an army of his own (The Burned), Bloodshot's already considerable power gains a few new nasty tricks and he's more than willing to use them.
As if it can’t get any better than watching Bloodshot flex some new powers, the main man Tim Seeley has this issue pop off in the middle of a Horror-Con of all places. Think about it of all the things he could have done with Bloodshot attempting to “kidnap” (or would it be reverse kidnap since he’s not exactly outright freeing Mina?) from the clutches of an evil government organization, a friggin’ con!
Bloodshot in a free for all style showdown in what’s essentially a fighting game backdrop is the kinda fan service you only debate other nerds about on forums. It also goes to show that Seeley and the gang truly get their target audience and are absolutely fans of Bloodshot just like we are. Not to mention Seeley’s taking a moment to humanize Eidolon and not just retread the familiar lonely kid tropes. Sure, he could have made her a knock off X-23 or something like that, but instead he makes her more than just a morose teenager. She’s humorous yet realistic, given her own interests outside of fighting and superhuman crazy, in just a few short pages she goes from “just another weapon” to someone interesting, it makes the reader wonder how she’ll play off of Bloodshot and his more gruff personality.
The other interesting elements here are the introduction of a third party also after Mina Nez and what Black Bar will do when they learn Bloodshot and this new threat have stomped all over their plans. With the bloody way this issue ends one can only imagine the battle has just begun and it’s just gonna get more insane from here.
Now let’s take a sec to look back on how perfect this art team is. Booth’s pencils are spot on whether they need to be abrasive and in your face as glorious throwdowns rage or just fluid and energetic in the more personable and comedic moments. They serve as the perfect combo with Seeley’s snappy dialogue whether serious or comedic.
The colors and bold inks stand out as well, enhancing not just Brett Booth’s pencils but the overall ambiance of each setting. Whether cool and surgical in a military compound, a brilliant mix of creepy and real to life in a horror convention or simply a couple guys trading witty banter in tropical surroundings they nail them all.
Few action oriented comics are this well crafted, the perfect mix of humanization, bloody conflict and slightly off color humor. Issue after issue Bloodshot proves itself to be worth every penny.
Bloodshot #5: Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9.5/109.5/10
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