Chico Comics Page Review: Bloodshot Salvation #7
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Jeff Lemire with Renato Guedes
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Before reading this issue, I had no prior knowledge of Bloodshot, but I always liked the look of his character. After reading this, a part of me became more interested in looking into more Valiant titles, especially Bloodshot. Jeff Lemire is currently writing this one, which probably explains why I liked it so much because he is one of my favorite creators in the industry today. I have read his runs on Green Arrow, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight, and more recently, for Image Comics, Gideon Falls. Long story short, to me, this man is an incredible writer and I cannot get enough. Bloodshot Salvation #7 is fantastic for multiple reasons. This comic takes place in the pitch black with white panel boxes because for most of the issue, the main character is blind. Because of this, the story is fueled by just the dialogue up until the last few pages of the issue when the character starts to regain his sight. I love this because you are going through his blindness with him from a first-person perspective and I thought it was such a brilliant concept. While Bloodshot is blind, he is doing his best to take care of his young daughter, Jessie, with the aid of his loyal companion, Bloodhound, or as he calls him, Hound. After taking a step back to think about it, if the writing and story were not as compelling as they were in this issue, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. For me, Bloodshot Salvation #7 was a good jumping on point and I did not feel lost by what was happening. If it wasn’t already apparent, I’ll be looking more into the series and Bloodshot as a character because the creators really made me feel for what he was going through and care for him, his daughter and his dog. I found myself gasping when things were happening because I was scared for their lives. I would recommend this issue to anyone because of its unique concept that I feel that some creators would not be able to pull off as effectively. The characters felt very compelling and if you can do that in the dark, imagine what these guys can do with visible settings and characters.
You are probably wondering, “How is he going to talk about the art in this book since it was almost all black and white?” Well I got you covered. The way the panels and pages were set up were aesthetically pleasing to a “T.” There are particular moments that I loved. For example, when Bloodshot falls into a body of water with his daughter and dog, the word “splash” is drawn out and the word bubbles slowly plunge to the bottom in place of actually seeing the character himself sinking. There is another part where he hears wings flapping and there is a white sketch on the page that looks almost like Bloodshot’s visualization of what the wings and beast look like. Lemire and Guedes really make moments like these priceless and for a comic like this. I didn’t know if I would appreciate it as much as I did, but I did. The last page of the comic is when you finally see what the characters look like and it almost looks like a poster that you could hang up on your wall in your man/woman cave. The detail and color are impeccable and I would love to see more. In regard to the lettering, Simon Bowland does a terrific job. I had no problem following along and he was an essential part that made this comic special in my eyes.
Overall, this comic does things that I did not think a comic could. It tells a compelling story without virtually any visualization of the characters and the only things the reader had to go off of were the dialogue boxes and action words. I just love the journey the creators take you on from Bloodshot being blind to regaining his sight. It is as almost as if you are a fourth party member that is by their side for the whole horrific adventure and I tip my hat to the creators involved. I will be picking this issue up to add to my collection because it is not like anything I have ever read before.
Bloodshot is doing everything he can to save his daughter, Jessie, since she is very sick. He brings her to the Deadside to save her, but the only thing stopping him is the fact that he’s now blind without understanding why or how this happened. The nanites in his body are malfunctioning and he is up the creek without a paddle. However, he is not going to let it stop him from doing anything in his power to save his baby girl…
Ever read a comic completely encompassed in pitch-black darkness? Bloodshot Salvation #7 tells a story without any visual aid up until the last page and it succeeds. The characters felt compelling and emotionally connectable to the reader. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a full beard on the beard scale, which is a 10/10.
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