Valiant continues to expand its superhero universe this month with the release of Bloodshot Salvation #1. Hailing from the all-star team of Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan and Lewis LaRosa, Bloodshot Salvation follows in the footsteps of such other titles as Ninjak and X-O Manowar, serving as a perfect jumping on point for fans and series newcomers alike.
The new title is split into two separate parts. First of, we have the present. Here, former super soldier Ray Garrison finds himself the father of a newborn baby girl, one desperately attempting to leave his old life behind and find some semblance of normality. However, despite his best efforts, and the fact that his creators have recently been discovered and disbanded, Ray struggles to keep his super powered alter ego in check. Additionally, Ray's struggles are mirrored by his wife, Magic - a woman who's past appears to be catching up with her despite her desire to leave it all behind.
Lemire then splits the new title into a second time period taking place eight years in the future. Here, Magic and daughter Jessie are forced to go on the run from a mysterious and deadly foe. It is during this portion of the book that the reader learn Ray is MIA because he just couldn't leave well enough alone. This second time period adds a welcome sense of urgency and uncertainty to the series, and we're more than eager to see how it all plays out in the end.
Lemire's writing is on point, painting a compelling picture of a damaged man attempting to change his life, and that of his family for good. However, we can't help but wonder if Ray Garrison really wants to keep his Bloodshot personae buried once and for all. Additionally, we love the dual art styles of Mico Suayan and Lewis LaRosa present in this new book. Both are distinctly different, yet similar - each presented with their own unique color pallet that does an excellent job of setting one apart from the other.
So, to sum up, Bloodshot Salvation #1 is an excellent first read and serves as a superb jumping-on point for newcomers looking to enter the Valiant Universe. The first issue presents a tormented man trying to do what's right by his family, but also throws in a mystery for good measure - one that fans will very likely be eager to see solved come series end.
Rating: 4.5/5 - "Bloodshot Salvation paints a compelling picture of a damaged man attempting to turn his life around, and is an excellent jumping-on point for newcomers looking to enter the Valiant Universe."
Bloodshot Salvation #1 is in stores now!
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