Review - Bloodshot #4

Oh Bloodshot, ye of relentless nanomites and perseverance. Will anything stop you or slow you down? In Bloodshot #4, the answer would appear to be no.

The fourth issue is written by Duane Swierczynski, penciled by Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi, inked by Matt Ryan and Lozzi, colored by Ian Hannin and Moose Baumann and lettered by Rob Steen.

When we last left our hero, things were looking grim. Bloodshot was about to be on the receiving end of a bullet from Pulse, a woman with the ability to shut down anything that runs on electronics. She’s being “guided” by Project Rising Spirit, the group responsible for creating Bloodshot.

Since the series is ongoing, it’s not a surprise that Bloodshot survives. It’s also not a surprise that he’s not exactly pleased with Project Rising Spirit and wants to extract revenge. Revenge for him is lots and lots of death, so expect the next issue to ramp up the violence.

Swierczynski didn’t give as much insight into Bloodshot as past issues, which is good. Beyond the extremely creepy cover, there’s not really anything here to shows the depths of Bloodshot’s inability to remember anything about his past life. What he does remember is how to survive and working with Pulse and Kara will likely make Project Rising Spirit that much more worried about him.

The art by Garcia and Lozzi continues to impress. Bloodshot is illustrated in all manner of distress, shown both pre- and post-healing. There are times when he looks a little aloof, as some of his facial expressions reflect something of vacancy in his mind. It’s not clear whether or not that’s intentional, but it’s not too distracting.

Bloodshot #4 slows things down a notch from the killing perspective and focuses more on context, which will only help the series overall. At this point, you know exactly what Bloodshot is about, but now you also know that he may not be the monster Project Rising Spirit makes him out to be. Watching him go up against his creators should be quite the adventure, especially when he’s got someone like Pulse on his side.

Bloodshot #4 is in stores now with interiors below.