‘Bloodshot Reborn: The Analog Man #1-2’ Comic Review
Set in a dystopia that feels like it might not be too far in the future, Bloodshot Reborn #1 and 2 are filled with explosions, characters with dark and twisted backgrounds, and the promise of more trouble on the way. With evocative artwork, colours, and dialogue, the story will pull readers into Bloodshot’s world and involve them in the story, keeping them on the edge of their seat with a heavy “oh, crap” moment at the end.
The basis of Bloodshot Reborn are nanites, technology that has become man’s greatest weapon and something to be feared. The titular Bloodshot elaborates on the technology in the first issue, introducing readers to a world that has manmade ‘superheroes’ existing in a blistering, unrelenting world where death is not only an event but a hard fact of life. We flip back and forth in time, thirty years each way, getting background on the characters in the past before shooting forward into the present and seeing how such events have influenced them, namely Bloodshot. Examining humanity is a sentiment often discussed in popular media, and it’s done extremely well in Bloodshot. He speaks not only on behalf of the nanites that are part of him but reflects on his own humanity as well. It’s an interesting perspective to take in this kind of comic. It looks at issues of humanity in a futuristic world.
Bloodshot Reborn #1 is of particular interest because it’s told brilliantly in black and white, with only the occasional splash of colour to separate words, interjections, or scenes. The second issue is told in full colour, elaborating on the futuristic, dystopian nature of the series. Both formats work really well: black-and-white evokes a feeling of near-nostalgia and a future that could’ve been; colour instills in the reader the visions of a bleak future, with character features better defined and scenes brightened with description.
Bloodshot makes a poignant observation about his own humanity in the comic when he says, “I can’t die. Everything dries up and wastes away around me, like it always has…and I just keep standing. Alone.” Combined with the bleak outlook of settings, characters, and the world they’re placed in, Bloodshot’s quote really sets the tone for what we’ll be seeing in the rest of the series. It cements the grimness of Bloodshot’s personality and the world he lives in–the situations he’s involved in.
Told brilliantly in both colour and black-and-white, Bloodshot Reborn is a dark tale of twisted technology, a frightening future, and determination fueled by loss and tragedy. The story is engrossing and the characters are driven, proving that Bloodshot Reborn is a series to keep up on.