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Bloodshot issue 5 (Comic) Review

 
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We liked?


  • Continuing gory artwork
  • Pacing
  • Some of the exposition

Not so much?


  • Still lack of motivation for Kara


Final Fiendish Findings?

“Kara, you’ve got a lot of faith in a guy who’s basically a brain-damaged killing machine.”

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Posted December 13, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“Kara, you’ve got a lot of faith in a guy who’s basically a brain-damaged killing machine.”

But it’s cool, because we’ve come to feel for, and trust, Bloodshot – don’t know what his real name is, because he’s a super secret military project that probably contravenes more Geneva conventions than a Terminator. But you wouldn’t know this at the beginning, such is the switch in pacing between the end of issue four and beginning of five.

And things are a slow burn. We’re more than halfway through the issue before it’s kicked back into gear. Not that you want action all the time in a series like Bloodshot, because when it does come into gear – it’s all blood, bullets, bombs and blades. Certainly not low on the gore and violence factors and the art of Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi really shines here.

The slow, simmering build-up is in a way, a nice change of pace. We get some exposition, we get a feel for the characters… actually, the character motivations still aren’t as clear as they could be, at least for former army medic Kara. And while she’s not the protagonist, we spend a lot of time with her this issue, so I would like to know her a bit better by now.

Other than being shot at (and similar) in the earlier issues by the Project Rising Spirit goons, I’m really beginning to have a problem with Kara’s motivations not being very clear, in fact it’s like she has none. All she’s walking into is a hail of bullets and more danger, which she hasn’t expressed huge enjoyment for. Sure, she’s done military service, but she was a regular, ambulance crusading paramedic before meeting Bloodshot.

Regardless of these characterisation issues, Bloodshot issue 5 is still worth a read, with an end that has you guessing what will happen next.

Bloodshot issue 5 is out now in stores and online.


Emily King

 
Games, film and comics lover, I'm helping out with comics coverage here & I'm behind the Nerds Assemble podcast.