Review: Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #23 – Revelations
✔ Great closure
✔ Closes one story and leaves room for more
✔ Tension between H.A.R.D. Corps members
✔ Story layout
✘Expendable nature of current H.A.R.D. Corps members after
It’s the life they chose
With this issue, Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps comes to an end. Not an actual end considering the series will just continue with Bloodshot, but for the time being this will be all we see of H.A.R.D. Corps for the now. Christos Gage stuck with it and now Bloodshot Vs H.A.R.D. Corps comes to a close. This is everything Bloodshot’s adventures with the PRS has led to and it delivered. The action, emotion, and closure that comes from answers they all needed to hear.
The way the previous issue ended was explosive, literally. It was established that H.A.R.D. Corps was out for blood which led to a very intense fight. The way things escalated so fast was exciting when we were able to see just why it is that it’s dangerous for humans to have such powers unnaturally. What happened to Flatline you could only imagine the pain she went through, yet at the same time marvel at the lengths she went to bring down Bloodshot. That itself was a good way to show just what power was necessary to bring down the one man army.
Pacing is the most crucial element in an issue such as this one, both Duffy Boudreau and Christos Gage looked like they had a very good idea of how they wanted this to end and cut straight to it. We began with the fallout, we see how everything plays out, and then when everything comes full circle we see a glimpse of what to expect in the near future. The clock was ticking down to zero, the stakes were life-or-death, no one in the fight had anything left to lose, and the idea of that was consistent throughout. It didn’t matter how this ended because everyone’s lives just from the realization of what they all really signed up for, will never be the same again.
In fact it was fairly humorous that it took the end for someone to finally question the choices made by PRS to choose soldiers who weren’t really cut out for that kind of life. Not only were they not cut out for it, they fell apart on each other as well.
This issue was different, in the sense that the artwork was great, yet there was no need for a power battle to see that. Between this issue and the last, Al Barrionuevo brought a touch of realism to this story which was hard to overlook. This physique of the characters, the detail gone into making the facial expressions natural, and didn’t fail to make the desert stand out as well. Not to say the art was unsatisfactory before, but it would have been nice to have seen more from Barrionuevo. Possibly that may be the case with Bloodshot #24 and beyond.
Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #23 marks the end of a great story and the beginning of something new. H.A.R.D. Corps may be out of the picture by now, something which everyone should know by now if you follow the VALIANT FIRST line-up, but there’s no overlooking the fact that the next time we see them we should all be in for a treat. If Christos Gage is still on this book surely there will be blood, that much we are assured.