Bloodshot #13 takes us inside the head of the titular hero, and is an absolute roller-coaster of a ride.
Jeff Lemire spins a tale of a weapon conflicted by his own mind while Lewis LaRosa shows us the struggle via vivid detail. Issue #13 takes you through the thoughts of a weapon struggling to be a man, while managing to offer some sweet bonus material, as well.
Ninjak and Bloodshot are on the run, on a quest for the "Man in the Tower" who took everything from Bloodshot. Getting to the "Man in the Tower," though, is just a part of this story and when everything is laid on the table, everything you thought you knew about Bloodshot, changes.
Lemire does an excellent job building up to his big reveal, and his dialogue is crisp in the process.
For example, Ninjak has some of the best lines in the issue, including a great quip about being British:
Look at the grim smile from Ninjak! Lewis LaRosa really captures the facial emotions of his characters. His action sequences are fluid, but the page layouts can get a little jumbled from time to time.
However, one of my favorite aspects of this issue are the sequences where the past is mirrored with the present. GAH! It's so hard to write this review without spoiling the big reveal, but let me just say this:
It is worth the cover price to get the payoff.
The extra nugget of awesome? The commentary pages from colorist Brian Reber! HOLY SHIT I wish EVERY book would do this!!! The insight into the creative process, Brian's notes and his personal thoughts on the pages are incredible. This is what makes this book standout. This glimpse behind the curtain of the creation of a book, the evolution of the page.
OVERALL REVIEW: 7/10
This book shows a ton of promise and sets Bloodshot off down a new road. Lemire clearly knows where he's going and as long as the art de-clutters a little bit, this book could be an absolute knock out in the future. A good table setter and a nice way to get into the world of Bloodshot.