A Fresh Take on an Old Friend (Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Comic Review)
Story By: Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler
Script By: Kevin Grevioux
Pencils: Ken Lashley Finishes: Ryan Winn with Brian Thies and Oliver Borges
Colorist: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Simon Bowland
In this Issue:
A new era of Bloodshot has begun. A new origin for an old hero is here…I think?
This one really has to be read to be understood. We have now left Jeff Lemire’s epic run with the character and you can absolutely tell! Rising Spirit feels like nothing Lemire had ever done and genuinely had a very fun atmosphere. That is in stark contrast to the tone set by Lemire throughout Salvation and it’s fun that we get to see Bloodshot do what he does best: shoot and kill and when he gets done with that? More shooting and punching robots.
The characters take this almost 80’s action movie vibe and it’s surprisingly light in terms of brooding for this character. Which feels wrong. Even the art feels wrong. It’s bright and kind of happy go lucky after the intro. I would love to tell you why, but doing so would ruin it for newer readers. What I will say is that by the end of the issue, you know that this was an intentional stylistic choice.
I acknowledge that it won’t be too unfamiliar a tale to seasoned Bloodshot but rather that it’s in such stark contrast to how they’ve tackled this in the past. Applause is due everyone on this book for the confidence to start with an issue like this. At the beginning, I was reading it thinking “are they changing the origin story entirely?” but as I alluded to before, it has a purpose and is definitely the Bloodshot we all know and love.