Bloodshot #2 Dials Up The Action
by Tony Thornley
Though stories with a deeper meaning can be fulfilling and engaging, sometimes a reader just needs a straightforward action story. It’s like a cheeseburger- you don’t want to eat nothing but that, but it satisfying in its own way. That’s exactly what Bloodshot #2 is.
Tim Seeley, Brett Booth, Adelso Corona, Andrew Dalhouse, and Dave Sharpe continue the war between Bloodshot and Black Bar.
Bloodshot has dismantled Black Bar’s operation, however they’re still in hot pursuit. He struggles to escape though, as their weapons have disrupted his nanites. Can he escape while keeping himself together? Or will he have to face the power of their secret weapon, Eidolon?
This issue is a cover-to-cover action chase story. Seeley doesn’t make it any more complicated than that, but it really doesn’t have to be. It’s popcorn comics, and I like it for that. However, I don’t think the story can go much longer without addressing some of the outstanding plotlines from his past, such as where Magic, Jessie and Bloodhound are. It doesn’t need to be covered immediately, but sooner rather than later.
Booth and Corona’s work continues to be fun and high energy. The story opens with Bloodshot jumping into the rotors of a helicopter in order to disable it, and it doesn’t let up from there. Their lines are clean, and they use clear figure and action work to help the story pop off the page. Dalhouse’s colors are actually pretty bright, but it ensures that action isn’t muddied or confusing, making sure light sources are clear and present as well.
Simply put, this is good action comics. It’s fun, high-adrenaline, and satisfying. It’s the perfect sort of evergreen story to have on the bookshelf when the movie hits theatres next year.
Bloodshot #2 is available now from Valiant Entertainment.