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Bloodshot Salvation #10

Jeff Lemire (Author) • Doug Braithwaite (Pencils)

Jordie Bellaire (Colorist) • Kenneth Rocafort (Cover Artist)

Valiant Comics (Publisher) • Get it now (Amazon)

The Reviews for this series are so late that this series and over, Bloodshot: Rising is in the middle of its run and a new series has been announced for the fall. Why am I still reviewing this series? Because f*ck it, that's why.

This issue continues the main plot after detouring the last issue and giving an origin to Bloodshots dog, Bloodhound.

This issue sees Magic (Bloodshot's wife) acclimating to Jesse's (Bloodshots daughter) return to the present day in an aged body.

Jessie rapidly absorbs information beginning with the books in the base they are housed in before downloading large swaths of information across the internet. This draws the attention of Omen, who in turn send a squad after them.

While this is happening in the present, Bloodshot and Bloodhound's adventure continues in the far future. They run into a pack of dinosaurs and narrowly escape when Bloodhound begins talking and leads them away from danger.

This obviously startles Bloodshot but once the situation settles down its revealed that the dog has been possessed by an agent of "The Baron", acting as a guide to help Ray locate his target.

This issue was a lot of fun from beginning to end. Both of the main plots are interesting and there are no drop-offs between. It wasn't mentioned above but there is also a third plot between the series antagonists that happen to familial. It's just as engaging as anything else in the issue.

Jessie and Magics interactions are intriguing, to say the least. It's hard to imagine any parent being able to adjust to their child aging from an infant to that of a 12-year-old in less than 24 hours.

The future stuff is just as cool and got an audible reaction from me because of how funny and absurd the scenario was. Ray's reaction to the talking dog is hilarious because it's the same reaction I had reading the scene. Doug Braithwaite's pencils relay a lot of detail, and are simply gorgeous to look at. I recognize his work from Marvel's Universe/Paradise X series and is great that he's still active in the industry after all this time.

The colors also act as a bridge between the varied settings without being intrusive. They blend nicely with the linework. The future is a bright wasteland. The Base is pretty drab and dark which contrast to the otherworldly appearance of Jessie. The villains operating out of OMEN are given an orange hue.

The locales all merge to create a very vibrant and impactful single issue. There isn't much to complain about in this comic. This book isn't as accessible as some of the other issues within the series, but compensates by being pitch perfect in execution in getting readers onboard and interested in what comes next. On the strength of the entertainment and execution I can't mark the issue book down for the accessibility issues.

Rating A

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