Reviewed by Brady Steele. Cleaning up your own mess or anyone else’s is never fun. The messes our tragic hero attempts to clean up in Bloodshot Reborn #4 are even more sordid and morally wretched than you can imagine. Drugs, blood, guns and lots of shameful guilt abound in this issue.
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Mico Suayan
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 8 July 2015
Can anyone really change if they keep being drawn inevitably back to what they once were and hated being? Can anyone truly find redemption on a mission like that? Only writer Jeff Lemire knows at this point and he is making this a alluring read again this month. Lemire maintains the questionable sanity of our main anti-hero on his increasingly problematic quest. And now newcomer Magic enters the picture to perhaps truly torment or help ease the burden of killing killers. We will happily have to wait and see how this new player will play with the book`s dynamic.
Mico Suayan`s art keeps shining through all of the terrible things happening around our hero. The tenuous grip on sanity keeps slipping away after each interplay with Bloodshot, dead hero Kay McHenry and delusion sidekick Bloodsquirt. You can feel the struggle between life and death when you see Bloodshot fight these technologically possessed poor souls. Suayan continues to give this series such a high level of texture.
To stop his old nanites from turning innocent people into unhinged killing machines, our former supreme assassin Ray Garrison / Bloodshot has kill. To stop a killer machine from making more killers, he has to kill the infected people and take in his old techno- infection back into his own system. This constantly degrading grip on lucidity and reason make Bloodshot Reborn a continuing tale of redemption in the face of horror and murder.
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