Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Ken Lashley
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: Simon Bowland
What they say:
In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to one enterprising employee, the Memory Weaver, to ensure he did what he was told. But memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…
Content (please note that content portions may contain spoilers):
A hallmark of any good Bloodshot story is a tiny head nod to his life before the nanobots made him indestructible. His search for who he was gives him a constant background goal. In the way that Batman’s search for the Joker is always looming. In the RISING SPIRIT premiere issue, we get a glimpse into the life of Angelo Mortalli. Mortalli is in line to be made by the Italian mafia, and he needs to complete a small hit first.
Flash forward to Rikers Island and Angie awaits his chance to take part in a revolutionary program that will make him the most elite soldier known to humankind. As is the norm with most spectacular human reformation it’s excruciating. Ken Lashley is a devout Wolverine fan, and in the panels which feature the experiment, his work is flawless and whimsical.
As the weeks fly by Angelo improves beyond his handlers imaginations. His bond with his squadmates is evident and his desire to help undeniable. On a mission to take out a dangerous drug dealer in Mexico, Bloodshot has an encounter he doesn’t understand. A flash of his former self on the march with him and his squad. Bloodshot draws his gun and writhes in pain inside the lab. His entire training was an implant. From this point forward we see the swiss cheese manipulation of Bloodshot’s mind and the passing of Angelo Mortalli in nothing.
It’s nice to have an idea where Bloodshot’s love for humanity and rigid desire to do the right thing have their beginnings. A series of engrams designed to replace his memory has failed repeatedly, and it’s on to the next one. This fills in a few gaps about his past, while at the same time forces you to question everything you know about the nanite-infused wandering soldier.
Age Rating: T+
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Released By: Valiant Entertainment