Once again, twenty Harvey Award nominations can’t be wrong, folks! Another prime example of comic books done right is Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1. This book looks and feels like an impressive What-If? or Elseworlds tale but written so concisely and drawn so skillfully that it demands your attention and doesn’t let go until the very end.
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 22 July 2015
I initially thought to myself this book has a marathon of a story to tell. Bloodshot, the perfect killing machine of the Valiant Universe apparently is going to live a very long time. Fortunate for us readers, writer Jeff Lemire knows exactly all the pivotal spots along said long life to stop and take notice of. It makes for an immense tale that takes place seemingly all over the globe, across the galaxy and into the distant future too.
I don’t know if it’s a mandatory thing on Valiant books but it seems most artists ink their own work. This makes the colorist’s job all the more important on a book. It’s pretty incredible how artist Doug Braithwaite and colorist Brian Beber work so well together here. Some of the scenes are so brilliantly creative and the colors just complete them expertly. One of my favorites is the pirate life of Bloodshot and Armstrong. I have no doubt everyone will find their own favorite pages in this book.
Ultimately, Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1 tells a complete story in one issue. We see everything a normal man can go through in a life. Thankfully, Bloodshot was no normal man. We, as readers, are treated to a blockbuster of a saga in a mere twenty-five pages which is a remarkable feat in any storytelling medium. Even if you’ve never read any Bloodshot books, I daresay this story will entertain you nonetheless.
Score: 9/10 Skulls
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