Image has a lot of different comic book series. And when I say different, I mean it. Usually with the two big companies, (Marvel and DC) you know what to expect. Image on the other hand provides new and original stories that are a bit off the beaten trail rather than the usual fare of unbreakable metal claws and iron-clad repulsor beams. Enter Bloodstrike. It’s a familiar, but simultaneously different kind of superhero story, and I’m here to review its newest issue, #27.
The newly resurrected Bloodstrike team is sent against Cabbot’s dad: the supervillian QUANTUM! Meanwhile, Cabbot is high in the mountains of Afghanistan fighting…mummies?!
Now, before we dive into this review, let me just you one thing. Is it me, or does Cabbot look strangely like Deadpool? Just take a look at that red mask with those tiny black eyes! That’s got Deadpool written all over it!
Darn it, I got distracted… what was I talking about? Oh, that’s right, my review… So, here we have a rather fast-paced story featuring martial arts, masked madmen, and even mummies (in all of their toilet paper wrapped glory). A lot of good stuff is packed into this comic, and for just $2.99! This is where Marvel and DC fail often, the majority of their titles are $3.99. Image provides great content for cheaper, so I gotta give them props on that. Anyways, this is my first time picking up a Bloodstrike comic. Unlike Prophet, this is new-reader friendly. I opened up the issue to find this Deadpool-like guy battling the un-dead. The issue was pretty exciting, not nearly as ground breaking like Near Death #7 (which received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars), but it’s fun.
The art is above average. Not quite on Jim Lee’s level, but good enough. The writing was surprisingly excellent most of the time, especially with the Un-dead guy Hieraco. One of the most memorable moments is when he brazenly declares that he hates John Wayne’s attitude (blasphemy, I know!). When the story nears a conclusion, you can just feel the waves of tension between the characters emanating from the panels, especially with Team Bloodstrike. Great writing in there.
Overall, Bloodstrike #27 represents a non-traditional superhero. It features excitement thanks to some really great writing. If you’re on the hunt for a great book that plays with traditional hero archetypes, then you’ll definitely want to give Bloodstrike a try.