Ray Garrison, formerly known as Bloodshot, has hit the road in order to put a stop to a murderer, who looks eerily like the original Bloodshot with white skin and a red circle on his chest. The FBI has started their own investigation in order to track down the murderer. Who will get to the copycat first? Is it good?
Jeff Lemire continues to explore the character of Ray Garrison. Instead of using an internal monologue, he uses Bloodsquirt, a doll half the size of Ray who looks identical to Bloodshot, and Kay McHenry, the Geomancer who Ray fell in love with during The Valiant event to provide dialogue that reflects Bloodshot’s own inner thoughts. It is a unique writing tactic that is extremely effective given Ray’s current state of mind. Bloodsquirt is able to provide plenty of comedic relief. You just have to laugh at lines like “Stopping crimes with our glock nines!” Comedic relief is not Bloodsquirt’s only use; Lemire also uses him to foreshadow Ray’s potential transformation back into Bloodshot where he can blow holes in the bad guys. There is one complaint – that being the ability Lemire gives Ray to track the copycat. It’s a little too easy.
Outside of Ray and his little delusions, Lemire also introduces a number of new characters with the introduction of the FBI agents. He uses a nice setup, letting you think they will be the stereotypical FBI hardasses.
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