A new title, a new direction with an awesome focus, Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps is an issue that places a huge focus on the H.A.R.D. Corps team. Compared to the previous review, we see a weakened Bloodshot that needs rescuing and there is only one man in his team of new recruits that may be able to do so.
We are in the middle or a war between super soldiers and super humans. Bloodshot is being held captive by a powerful Psiot named Harada. Psiots are people born with extraordinary powers and are capable of generating super human abilities. Harada seems to be the most powerful of them all. Bloodshot had been used to kidnap Psiots whilst they were young, but now the roles have been reversed.
It is great to see this fearsome character at the mercy of another for a change. But this issue belongs to a man named Palmer as he recruits and trains man made Psiots. Yes, this team of H.A.R.D. Corps comprises of normal people that have been given abilities via lifeline. In order for them to unlock these abilities they had to endure some open brain surgery (which is drawn in all its glory). Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps #14 features less graphic violence and actually presents a solid story. The issue is well written and we get a chance to understand just what each character is like and about. It seems that Bloodshot #0’s successful writing has inspired the creation of a Bloodshot title that has a strong focus on writing and pacing and this really works.
The technology and abilities of the H.A.R.D. Corps set up for an exciting rescue mission, but they are still green and this leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. You cannot help but wonder if they all will survive with all these odds stacked against them. Palmer is a great leader but will he be able to create a team out of these individuals?
Emanuela Lupacchino provides us with art that really sets the tone for this book. Her attention to detail is impeccable and you are able to feel each characters expression as it jumps off the page. Bloodshot also looks great. He seems more in proportion in this issue. He does not look like the bodybuilder Bloodshot that we have become accustomed to seeing. This sense of proportion and his slender look make him look more vulnerable as he is exposed to experimentation. The colouring of Reber and Hannin really compliments Lupacchino’s drawing and lining style. Her details are not lost or overpowerd by excessive colouring.
This issue is a great story focused read that introduces a new aspect to the current Bloodshot run. Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps #14 looks as though it is setting up for something big, whilst promising to be an engaging read, one that will be improving on the flaws of the past. This issue ends on one heck of a cliff hanger ensuring that the reader comes back for more of this new adventure.