Total darkness doesn’t sound like it’d be conducive to a comic book. Bloodshot Salvation #7 though, is using it to its advantage.
I remember very well the issue of Marvel’s GI Joe (yes, that GI Joe) that was “silent”. The whole issue was sans word-bubbles and starred Snake-Eyes in a comic book that is still one of my favorites of all time. Yes folks, I mean that.
It sort of looks like Valiant is doing something similar with the seventh issue of Bloodshot Salvation here. Though, this one’s going to be even harder to pull off, since it’s got no imagery. Yeah that’s a tall order for a comic.
But take a quick look through the preview and pages accompanying this article and tell me you don’t want to read this one. Like, right now. The stakes are very high, the setting is terrifying, and the fear is palpable. And I have to admit, I’m more than a little worried about Bloodhound.
On March 7th, as Bloodshot journeys farther into the uncanny dimension known as the Deadside for “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD,” everything goes black as one of the most inventive minds in comics today tests the boundaries of the medium with a gripping standalone tale of perseverance and pain at the edge of human understanding…
Deployed into the demonic realm called Deadside in search of a cure for his ailing infant daughter, Bloodshot has lost the one sense he needs most to navigate the land of the dead: his sight. Blinded with only his four-legged ally, Bloodhound, to aid him, Ray Garrison must fight onward as one man against the darkness – even as he is beset from all sides by a horde of inhuman entities that crave only death, suffering, and slaughter…
“It’s the emotional journey of Ray over this issue that I connect with, not the physical one,” writer Jeff Lemire told Paste. “That feeling of trying to protect your child from a world that seems out of control. That’s something I can relate to as a parent, especially in the crazy world we are living in right now.”
Told in total darkness from Bloodshot’s firsthand point of view, “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” enters uncharted territory with a seminal experiment in comic-book storytelling written and staged by comics master Jeff Lemire, only in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #7 – featuring covers by Lemire, Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS), Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR), David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), and comics legend Bob Layton (Iron Man)!
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