Bloodshot 13 (July 2013)

278986 20130728183459 largeSwierczynski takes a peculiar approach to dealing with Bloodshot’s side of the final Harbinger Wars issue. He makes it as lame as humanly possible.

It’s actually not even Bloodshot’s issue, it’s his sidekick Kara’s issue and his sidekick Kara hasn’t had much presence during the crossover event. She’s his voice of reason, not much else. Babysitter for the kids too.

Speaking of the kids, after spending a couple issues establishing them, Swierczynski dumps them to instead focus on really bad dream sequences. They’re an afterthought to the issue. Valiant must have really wanted to do a crossover special, but by not doing it straightforward, these issues are weak.

The art’s also got problems. Kitson’s has three inkers (himself included) and each of them makes the finished art look different.

It’s a bad issue and left me wondering why anyone would ever want to read another one. It’s rough and pointless.

CREDITS

Living the Dream; writer, Duane Swierczynski; penciller, Barry Kitson; inkers, Stefano Gaudiano, Kitson and Mark Pennington; colorist, Brian Reber; letterer, Rob Steen; editors, Jody LeHeup and Warren Simons; publisher, Valiant Entertainment.

One Comment

  1. vernon wiley

    The sad thing is that this quality lapse is somewhat endemic of their line lately. I really enjoyed the initial runs of the Valiant line, but it’s been really difficult for some reason to maintain the focus and drive of the early arcs. Not sure what that’s all about. I’m happy to say Harbinger is still clicking for me though. This comic? Pretty much silly nonsense. Again, with the same creative guys, you’d think they’d keep a level of quality, but this one bottomed out pretty fast. I am concerned about their circulation numbers, which have been harsh lately as well. Hopefully, they won’t go crazy with a “new direction” , and ruin all they’ve been able to create so far.

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