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REVIEW: Lemire is King in ‘Bloodshot Salvation #7

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Bloodshot Salvation 07 1
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Story by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Jeff Lemire
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To sum it all up..

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire takes the helm for the year’s most terrifying, most memorable special issue – told entirely in PITCH-BLACK DARKNESS!

Posted March 9, 2018 by


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It’s gone dark. And what could easily be read as a gimmick comes across as interesting work in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #7. Bloodshot, with his daughter and faithful dog, go through a portal and wind up in hell. This set-up (which admittedly sounds absurd as I’ve written it) makes for formal play, where writer Jeff Lemire decides to power the comic book with mostly words.

It’s so smart, so brave to go out on the ledge and go dark, and then rely on words, panels, and gutters to communicate. The adventure Bloodshot is on isn’t unique, but the way in which Lemire decided to execute it is novel enough. Couple that with the fact that this is a superhero comic that decided to go with almost no art, and there’s a lot of risks that Bloodshot Salvation #7 takes that mostly pay off.

Much like Bloodshot, I’m not exactly sure where this journey that Lemire is writing is taking us, but I am more than willing to come along for the ride.


Reviewed by Carljoe Javier. He loves comics. He is Managing Editor of Anino Comics, writes comics and prose, and teaches at the Ateneo Department of Fine Arts. He is also the Creative Director for Smarter Good

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