PopCultHQ received an advanced review copy of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9 from Valiant Entertainment. Available May 16th, 2018, the creative team for this series features writing from Jeff Lemire & Ray Fawkes, art from Renato Guedes, and lettering from Simon Bowland.
Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th
In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after more than a century!
PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
Bloodshot Salvation #9
Jeff and Ray write a touching narrative here. The tale of Bloodshot’s loyal best friend. His Snoopy, set during a time and place where Snoopy felt truly at home. Witness, through excellent writing from these two writers, a tale of a dog and how it became the fantastic beast that has been by Bloodshot’s side these many years.
Renato’s art here is less the stuff of super-heroics and nightmarish material. Augmented with the addition of Ray’s ‘best friend’ and his canine brothers, it almost feels like one of the old war comics DC famously put out during the 1960s. The renderings of the horror of the trench and no man’s land of WWI will churn people a bit, but also give them a solid reminder that even the most despairing of places can craft a hero.
Simon’s letters for issue #8 are very different. There’s no expletives or intense, impassioned speeches lettered here. There is clipped, precise, military dialogue. There is a fervent hope behind the words of all the characters. An optimism born of a time when the world was going to blazes and hope was pinned on even the most unusual of things. Simon grabs that optimism and channels it directly into his work here.
PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:
For all who wondered where Bloodshot’s pal got his start, here is the answer. A lifetime ago, born into a world of war and violence and bloodshed. It is the Genesis of a hero, even one who chases his tail or whimpers in his sleep. A worthwhile addition to the Bloodshot Salvation line and the Bloodshot universe.
5 Out of 5 Stars
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9 can be purchased on ComiXology
and available at your local comic shop and online retailers Wednesday, May 16th!
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Writer – Jeff Lemire
Writer/Artist – Ray Fawkes
Artist – Renato Guedes
Letterer – Simon Bowland
Publisher – Valiant Entertainment