By Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart, Emanuela Lupacchino and Joseph Cooper
One of the great things about the Valiant Universe is that everything is connected. Things happening in Harbinger affect things in Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps. This is one of the reasons why their re-launch has been so successful. Well, that and great story telling.
Palmer is taking on Harada one on one, which is never good. Bloodshot has a show down with some renegade nanites, and the rest of the team has problems of their own. Victor gets a little spotlight in this issue that ends the current arc. Bloodshot is not really a team person, but Christos Gage and Josh Dysart thought he might work well in the H.A.R.D. Corps, and it has been very entertaining. One thing that Gage is making sure the reader is aware of, is that no one is safe, (except for Bloodshot, it is his book after all). It’s also nice to see that they are giving some of these new expendable recruits some characterization. Seeing ho Harada is dealt with is always interesting too, since he is too powerful, but it was handled very nicely in this issue.
The art of Emanuela Lupacchino is spectacular as always, but she did get some help from Joseph Cooper this issue. From Victor’s attack on Harada to the nanite brawl in Bloodshot, this was a good looking issue. This is becoming a trend with Lupacchino, as she consistently turns in good work on a monthly basis.
Where this book goes next is what is interesting. Teaming Bloodshot up with H.A.R.D. Corps opens up a lot of possibilities for great storylines in the future. As long as Dysart has his hand in this, it will always be a good read.