Bloodshot 8, gritty & visceral conspiracy within a conspiracy

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A cross between Wolverine and Jason Bourne, Bloodshot is the ultimate super soldier.  Due to his blood being infused with self-aware nanites, Bloodshot has enhanced strength, senses, reflexes, and superior regeneration abilities as well as skin-based camouflage, shape-shifting, the ability to interface with computers, and a host of other yet unknown powers as the nanites continue to evolve within his blood stream.

As part of Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot is treated as a one man WMD. His mind is filled with false memory implants of loved ones he needs to protect and buddies he needs to save. Bloodshot is woken from his stasis tube on occasion, dropped into a hostile situation and turns the whole place into a bloody kill-zone. After his memories are revealed be false implants to him, Bloodshot rebels against PSR and strikes out on his own, searching for his true identity. False lead after false lead finds Bloodshot breaking into the Nursery, a PSR black ops project, where instead of finding answers he finds more questions, and a group of super powered kids who recognize him… as the man who hunted them down.

Duane Swierczynski has crafted a fine conspiracy within a conspiracy tale, somehow making a blank, memory-less cipher sympathetic and human. You want Bloodshot to find out who he really is. You want him to find his wife and child. Does he even have a family? Why are the nanites talking to him?

Swierczynski seems to be gearing up for some big reveals as the title barrels into the Harbinger Wars, Valiant’s first crossover (with Harbinger, of course! ). From the preview art, it looks like Harada isn’t the only one collecting psiots (powered individuals in the VU ) to use for nefarious means. Or is Project Rising Spirit connected to Harada some how?

Manuel Garcia’s art has been gritty and visceral from the books inception, and has only gotten better. Given a character that dies violently and repeatedly, Garcia gets the chance to do some dynamic gory stuff, and does it realistically. When Bloodshot dies in a hail of bullets, it looks like he died in a hail of bullets. You’ll grit your teeth a little bit when his wrist is snapped and broken… and with the exposed bone, he stabs the guy in the throat. Voila! Bloodshot is easy to get into and a fun ride once you do. If you have a strong stomach, and a love for hi-tech military dramas, Bloodshot is your cup of tea.

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BLOODSHOT #8 – ON SALE FEBRUARY 13th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (DEC121272)
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE & CLAYTON CRAIN (DEC121273)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

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