July 15, 2024

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Comic Review: Bloodshot Reborn Volume 2

Ray Garrison continues the hunt for the nanites that made him the supersoldier Bloodshot.

I really miss the monthly Comic Bento boxes.  I got exposed to some really neat comics I never would have picked ip otherwise, and there sure were a lot of cool trades from Valiant in those boxes.  Since Comic Bento seems to have gone out of business, I haven’t been able to keep up as well as I used to with Valiant trades.

But hey, I did recently get the second volume to the Bloodshot Reborn series, subtitled The Hunt, and that sure was a ton of fun when I read the first book (that I had received from a Bento box) way back when.

“Ray Garrison” (possibly not his real name as even he isn’t sure) was cured of the Bloodshot nanites, or so he had hoped.  Living the life of an ordinary man, albeit one haunted by his past, wasn’t much considering what he had to go through to get there, but he would maybe be better off without the things that made him the nearly unkillable supersoldier assassin.  The problem is Ray soon learns that the nanites are still out there, having infected other people and turning them into murderers.  Ray, and perhaps Ray alone, had the whatever it was needed to control the nanites, so there’s really only one thing to do:  find the other infected people and somehow take the nanites back.  He’s already started that from the first volume, and one poor, now-deceased victim’s girlfriend Magic is accompanying Ray through his journey to take up a burden he’d probably hoped to never bear again.

And, as if that weren’t enough, two federal agents, one of whom seems to have some sort of vaguely defined psiot powers, are following the series of murders that all seem to be pointing in Ray’s general direction, and has Ray finally shaken off the seeming hallucinations of his dead lover Kay and the juvenile cartoon version of himself called Bloodsquirt, both of whom seem inclined to push Ray towards greater acts of violence?

There’s a lot to like here.  Writer Jeff Lemire can craft a good story.  Artist Butch Guice is an old pro at all kinds of comics.  Valiant generally produces good products.  Besides an embarrassingly 90s name, what’s wrong with Bloodshot or Bloodshot Reborn?  Well, the same thing that’s always wrong with a Valiant trade:  it’s too short.  Once again, there are only four issues here, and just as the trade is starting to get really good, it’s over.  I like it, but I also feel there should be more here.  9 out of 10 suggestions there might be a canine Bloodshot out there somewhere.