Wednesday, October 16, 2013

1st Impression: BLOODSHOT & THE H.A.R.D. CORPS # 15

Written by Christos Gage & Joshua Dysart
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Guillermo Ortega & Brian Reber
Valiant Comics

            The HARD Corps end up rescuing Bloodshot from Harada … but not without a casualty. After the extraction, the HARD Corps and Bloodshot go through a shake up, thank to Kozol while Harada gets more into the nanites. And the team must go back to destroy them.

            Lupacchino continues to dazzle the pages with her detailed pencils. Along with Ortega’s inks, this art team is able to give us some great, detailed work. Lupacchino continues to give us some great, dynamic poses and panel work throughout this issue. Body posture, facial expressions and movement all convey an emotion based on the story and looked very natural. The cartoony, yet detailed style also gave us some great backgrounds as well as people of different shapes and sizes this issue.
            Reber continues his wonderful color job with the right mix of colors to help give a vibrant life to Lupacchino’s work. Overall, a great showing by this art team.

            The writing for this issue was superb. We got major character development from not only Palmer and Bloodshot but also from Maniac and Discipline. Gage and Dysart really have given us great character work as we get to know more about our team on deeper levels than reader might first realize till after they have finished reading. The type of things that both Bloodshot and HARD Corps has done is reprehensible and it does seem to weigh heavy on both Bloodshot and Palmer.
            The pacing of the issue was perfect. Each plotline linked together seamlessly as the issue went along. The dialogue felt very authentic and powerful. There was a lot said in this issue with so few words that I was definitely impressed by it. I even liked how Kozol begins to instituted the status quo of the title of the book. Very smart writing by Gage and Dysart.

            This was even better than last issue and I am really growing to love Palmer and this new status quo. Great art. Superb writing. A win for everyone.


            I give Bloodshot & the H.A.R.D. Corps # 15 a 10 …. Out of 10!!! BUY IT NOW!

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