Bloodshot Salvation #3 from Valiant by Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, Mico Suayan, Diego Rodriguez, Brian Reber and Simon Bowland continues the story of Bloodshot and his family as things fall apart.
Bloodshot's partner, Magic, and their daughter Jessie have been on the run ever since his apparent death, and last issue found themselves face to face with Rampage before being saved by Bloodshot's allies and taken away. But how had Bloodshot gone missing? Well, last we saw was he was travelling to Ohio, against Magic's wishes, to confront her abusive father figure, Daddy.
We pick up here, with Magic and Jessie taken to a safe house, and introduced to Punk Mambo. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Bloodshot confronts the sick and deranged Daddy and his cult-like "family".
The issue is filled with awesome action and badass hyper-violent extravagance, while also maintaining an element of heart to the story. Also, the quirky elements of Magic's past add a strength and power to proceedings to keep the story fresh. Lemire's story is intense and fast, but not confusing. The return of the hidden corporate machinations in the background adding another layer, that is key to Bloodshot.
The art from LaRosa, Suayan, Rodriguez and Reber is really top notch, and makes for wonderfully detailed action sequences and powerful emotional scenes as the characters react to the craziness of the world around them.
Bloodshot Salvation is a great, powerful continuation to the Bloodshot story, adding new elements that one might have thought wouldn't work in Bloodshot but actually work surprisingly well and help to create a powerful, emotional and rich background to the character.
Bloodshot Salvation #3 is available in comic shops and digitally from Wednesday, November 15th.