Bloodshot Salvation #8
Story by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Renato Guedes
Release Date: April 11th
Bloodshot Salvation #8 puts Bloodshot in a desperate spot. He’s in a underworld called the “Deadside.” There he’s fighting to protect his daughter, and to find a cure for her illness. She’s close to dying and the forces of the Deadside are numerous.
Reading Bloodshot Salvation #8 hit pretty close to home for me. At the moment I’m in between jobs and I’m waiting a for a miracle, and the miracle I’m waiting for isn’t even for a job. I’ll save you my pity story for the fact that we’ve all been there, or will be. Jeff Lemire shows us that sometimes these things are out of our hands. No matter how hard we try, things happen to us outside of our capabilities of handling. Even with all of Bloodshot’s super abilities he has to get help to save his daughter. Even Bloodshot is hoping for a miracle.
The writing in Bloodshot Salvation #8 is good overall. As a reviewer its even harder to be critical of someone better than you (which is all the time.) There was one scene in the book between two individuals that I’ve read elsewhere many times in many places. But it didn’t take away from the whole of the book, and I’m very much aware that I’m reading a comic book about a 90’s era shirtless, gun toting, anti-hero whose trope was made fun of by Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder. I’m glad this book is in Jeff’s hands, because otherwise the book would’ve fell apart.
Bloodshot Salvation #8 has stellar art. Renato Guedes’ style has a hazy texture to it, giving the book a dream like atmosphere. I like the way the way the pages are structured. Renato has some pages that gave me pause.
Overall Bloodshot Salvation #8 is a book about pressure I believe. On it’s surface it looks like a macho infused lone hero story, but it’s not. It takes the main protagonist to a water shed moment that I haven’t really seen too often. Well I have seen this done before with a beloved hero, although it was lame and I’d rather forget that it happened.