Continuing the excitement from the last issue, Swierczynski delivers another hard hitting tale in the second installment of Bloodshot. As he tries to escape his captors, Bloodshot is forced to go to extremes to be successful. During the course of all this we’re also given brief flashes of Bloodshot’s past that reveal a darker side to our title character. A mystery character is also introduced that may even be more dangerous than Bloodshot himself.
As much action is in this issue, Swierczynski makes sure that you get a great story through it all. It’s evident that Bloodshot is a puppet who is a killing machine, but the brief glimpses of humanity we’ve been shown help round him out. Though the sequence in the ambulance was probably the highlight of the entire issue. Swierczynski also seems to have laid the seeds for some misdirection, which makes it hard to pin down the motives of several individuals.
As far as the artwork goes, this is still one visually stunning book! From start to finish Garcia and Lozzi make each panel worth several looks. The entire fight sequence on the plane is one brutal death match, and they make you feel each hit and broken bone. Backgrounds are just as detailed and rich as what’s taking place right in front of you. The characters are very expressive, and much of what you see doesn’t even need the captions to tell the story.
You don’t need to have read the original series to enjoy what this creative team is doing here. Bloodshot is doing what some comics attempt to, and with the great artwork and strong story you should definitely give this series a try.