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Review: Bloodshot Reborn #7

BSRB_007_COVER-A_SUAYAN“As responsible as Ray Garrison feels for the violence unleashed by his old nanites, he finds himself with another more familiar and painful responsibility – the life of a woman he loves. How will Ray keep Magic safe, avoid the federal manhunt that’s closing in on him, and stop his impostor before they kill again?!”

The last issue of Bloodshot Reborn took me by surprise. It was the first comic featuring Bloodshot I had ever really read, and honestly I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it; as can often be the case, my expectations were turned on their head  and I actually enjoyed the comic. Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to this issue.

Last issue saw the start of a new arc, The Hunt, which was billed as a great jumping on point (and it was).

Bloodshot Reborn #7 continues to ask the question: just how far would you go, and how much would you sacrifice, to stop a killer?  Ray Garrison, the man formerly know as Bloodshot, in the process of hunting down other people who have somehow become infected with the same nanites that turned Garrison into Bloodshot, which he is no longer infected with, in order to stop the murderous rampages the nanites cause. In order to ensure the nanites don’t infect anybody else, he needs reabsorb the tiny little machines back into his body, in the process potentially loosing the humanity he’s regained since having been cured of the nanites and in turn becoming the monster that he’s trying to stop.The monster that he was: Bloodshot.

Jeff Lemire, again joined by Butch Guice on art duties, has delivered another brilliant issue. The story told in the comic is one that really couldn’t work with any other character in the Valiant universe, and has a feel about it that brings back memories of older crime comics and the pulp magazines that fits the nature of the arc that begun last issue fantastically. Bloodshot Reborn #7 is a slow burn, the driving force of the story so far is the methodical hunt for a target, though who, or what, that target is depends on which thread you’re following; whether it is the two FBI agents on the trail of a killer, or Ray Garrison‘s hunt for the nanite infested killers.

There is going to be a bloody show  down at some point in this arc, but when remains to be seen. Until then, Guice and Lemire continue to build a phenomenal story, and their ability to imbue even the characters with the smallest of appearances with a level of characterization that you don’t always see in full comics is astounding, just look at the the few panels in the call center from the beginning of the comic as an example (and that supervisor? we’ve all met people like that, right?).

Bloodshot Reborn #7 is another solid comic book from Valiant that is well worth picking up but you should read at least the previous issue; as a standalone or jumping on point this isn’t an ideal comic. When read as the second part in an ongoing story arc, however, it shines. It’s not quite perfect, but I expect that when this story is inevitably collected into a trade, then that’s where this part will shine.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Butch Guice Colours: David Baron
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.


ComicBlitz Launches Their “Netflix” Like Digital Comic Books App

ipad-v3After months of speculation and build up, ComicBlitz, the latest entry into the digital comics app space has launched, just ahead of New York Comic Con. The newest digital comics app is an all you can read subsription servive available for iOS. You can get the app now for the iPad (iOS8 or later) through the iTunes store.

The app is launching with 2,000 comics and over 50,000 pages and includes comics from Valiant, Dynamite Entertainment, Aspen, Zenescope, Action Lab Entertainment, and more.

As mentioned in their release, Chief Executive Office Jordan Plosky said the company’s goal is to make digital comics more affordable as well as getting more people reading than ever before. The hope is to offer a true binge reading experience.

Subscribers will be able to download up to 1GB of comics for offline reading, create custom reading lists, a bookshelf where you can save comics to read later, as well as rating and reviewing comics.

Those who subscribe for a membership today will get the first month of service free. New subscribers will also be entered to win prizes from the apps’ launch publishers. Subscriptions will run $9.99 according to the website.

Around the Tubes

New York Comic Con is getting closer, and tomorrow is new comic book day! Until then, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Thor: Ragnarok Gets a Director – An interesting pick

ICv2 – CCG Marketplace Named One of the Top 100 U.S. Workplaces for Women – Congrats, awesome news.

CBR – The Mission: Valiant, Superhero Diversity, and the Future Wonder Woman – As always, a good read.

CBR – DC Unveils The World’s Largest LEGO Batmobile – So cool.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Archie #3

CBR – Jem and the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1

The Outhousers – The New Deal

CBR – S.H.I.E.L.D. #10

CBR – Switch #1

Bloodshot by David Aja 1/6 Scale Statue from Quarantine Studio

QUARANTINE_BLOODSHOT-AJA_STATUE_001Valiant Entertainment and Quarantine Studio have announced the Bloodshot by David Aja 1/6 Scale Limited Statue – the first-ever officially licensed Valiant statue! Based on the artwork of multiple Eisner Award-winning artist David Aja, this imposing, cold-cast resin statue recreates Aja’s iconic cover for Bloodshot #1 (2012) and stands tall at nearly 15 colossal inches.

Manufactured in cold-cast resin for maximum quality, this milestone collectible comes riddled with detail from the base of Bloodshot’s boots to the top of his assault rifle and will be produced in a limited edition of just 300 statues worldwide. Locked and loaded with twin side arms, a katana sword, and an assault rifle, Valiant’s nanite-enhanced commando is ready for any deadly mission right here, only with the Bloodshot by David Aja 1/6 Scale Limited Statue!

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology by private security contractor Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine equipped with enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing. Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992, Bloodshot is one of the most successful new comic book characters of the past two decades with more than 100 issues published and lifetime sales of more than 7 million copies in multiple languages around the world. After returning with a sold-out new series in 2012, Bloodshot’s latest chapter began in the pages of Bloodshot Reborn – a new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and artists Mico Suayan and Butch Guice.


• Valiant’s first-ever officially licensed statue
• Based on the iconic cover to BLOODSHOT #1 (2012) by Eisner Award-winning artist David Aja
• Strictly limited edition of 300 statues
• Approximately 15” tall (including base)
• Cold-cast resin for quality
• Highly detailed weapons and armaments
• Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) $245
• Estimated shipping January 2016

This January, the moment that every Valiant Entertainment fan has waited for finally arrives. Don’t miss the first-ever opportunity to bring the Valiant Universe to your shelf collection.

Jody Houser, Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage Fly High for Faith #1

Valiant has announced Faith #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a stratospheric new limited series launching the teenage heart and soul of the Harbinger Renegades, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, into her first-ever solo adventure from rising star Jody Houser and explosive artists Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage!

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicals about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Featuring covers by a blockbuster line-up of comics’ top talents, including Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Marguerite Sauvage, Clayton Henry, Kano, Colleen Coover, Valiant’s high-flying hero steps to the forefront of the Valiant Universe to begin a landmark new chapter this January.

FAITH #1 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Variant Cover by KANO
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER
Blank Cover also available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | LIMITED SERIES | COMING IN JANUARY!


Preview: Bloodshot Reborn #7


Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (AUG151767)
Cover B by GLENN FABRY  (AUG151768)
Cover C by TREVOR HAIRSINE (AUG151769)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (AUG151770)
Variant Cover by KANO (AUG151771)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 7

“THE HUNT” is on!

As responsible as Ray Garrison feels for the violence unleashed by his old nanites, he finds himself with another more familiar and painful responsibility – the life of a woman he loves. How will Ray keep Magic safe, avoid the federal manhunt that’s closing in on him, and stop his impostor before they kill again?!


Preview: Imperium #9


Art by CAFU
Cover A by KANO (AUG151776)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (AUG151778)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 7


Toyo Harada’s war to save humanity by taking over the world roars on against the only enemy this planet cannot contain…a sinister network of undercover alien spies!

A deadly chess game between Harada and the alien visitors called the Vine has been unfolding for decades. The Vine once even created the living weapon called LV-99 to assassinate their enemy, but failed. Today, as Harada executes his agenda upon Earth—and with LV-99 on his side this time—the Vine’s cold war finally turns infernally hot.

Jump on board the series that Bloody Disgusting calls “the height of sophisticated comic book stories” here with a powerful new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER WARS) and red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY)!


Review: Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger

bogfoh“Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada’s Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive…and what will be left of them?”

Book Of Death: Fall Of Harbinger is the latest of three one shot  tie in comics to the main Book Of Deathminiseries. I have been a huge fan of anything Valiant lately, especially the publisher’s summer event. Does this book follow that trend or is this the weakest of the bunch?

At some point, I was bound to read a Valiant comic I didn’t like, and unfortunately, it’s this one.

May familiarity with Valiant‘s universe is at best three to four months old, and while this gives me an honest advantage to reviewing the publisher’s comic books when thinking of new readers, my lack of familiarity isn’t always a benefit when picking up a tie in comic to the exceptional Book Of Death main series. Because I have no idea who any of the characters in this comic are, I also had no idea what was going on, or what any of it meant in the grand scheme of things.

I’m sure that for fans of these characters, and the comics they usually frequent will actually enjoy this book. Myself, however, I struggled through it; indeed, were it not for this review I would have probably stopped reading half way through, but I couldn’t give a fair review if I were to do that, could I?

It is worth reiterating that my lack of enjoyment here comes from a complete lack of familiarity with the characters; the other Valiant heroes I have read I had at least heard of so I was able to follow along with their stories much more easily. Book Of Death, by it’s very nature, tells the tale of how the Valiant universe ends, so having my first exposure to this generation of characters begin with  Fall Of Harbinger wasn’t the smartest idea on my behalf. That being said, the artwork here was solid, indeed it helped me understand enough of the story so that I had at least an idea as to what was going on.

To be fair, this probably isn’t a bad comic assuming you have more than a passing familiarity with some of the characters within. I didn’t, however, and nor did I find any major ties to the other Valiant books either, which is something I’ve been able to pick out and enjoy in the other tie ins. As a Book Of Death tie in, this comic is one you can easily pass up and not ruin any enjoyment of the remaining comics in the series, and ultimately that’s what I’d do if I wasn’t reviewing it.

At the end of the day, Fall Of Harbinger just doesn’t add enough to the main Book Of Death story line to justify my recommendation.

Story: Joshua Dysart  Art: Kano
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

Book of Death: The Fall of X-O Manowar #1 – Venditti & Henry Reveal the Last Testament of Valiant’s #1 Hero

As Book of Death reaches its final chapter this October, Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry are flashing forward to reveal the stunning last stand of Valiant‘s most formidable hero…the unstoppable X-O Manowar!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Book of Death: The Fall of X-O Manowar #1 – the next essential one-shot at the heart of Valiant’s cataclysmic summer event from writer Venditti and artist Henry! On October 21th, before Book of Death reveals its widespread ramifications for the heroes of today, discover the world that awaits Valiant’s alien-armored Visigoth in the century yet to come as Aric of Dacia’s journey from past to future comes full circle!

After hundreds of years in exile on an alien planet, Aric of Dacia – better known to the world as the unstoppable hero called X-O Manowar – has returned to an unfamiliar Earth, only to find a planet that doesn’t remember…or want him. Can X-O Manowar finally find happiness in the aftermath of the apocalypse? Plus: the ultimate fate of the X-O Manowar armor, Shanhara, stands revealed…and a new generation of Valiant heroes get ready to take flight in defense of a radically transformed planet Earth!

Featuring covers by Cary Nord, Stephen Segovia, Ryan Lee, and Diego Bernard, don’t miss the final fall of the hero that kicked the Valiant Universe into action!

Cover A by CARY NORD (AUG151762)
Cover B by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (AUG151763)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (AUG151764)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (AUG151764)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale OCTOBER 21 (FOC – 9/28/15)


Preview: Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1


Art by KANO
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JUL151661)
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA (JUL151662)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JUL151663)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUL151664)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale SEPTEMBER 30

A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending.

Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada’s Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive…and what will be left of them?

New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (IMPERIUM, HARBINGER) and blockbuster artist Kano (THE DELINQUENTS) journey to the far end of the Geomancer’s BOOK OF DEATH to reveal the final, unavoidable end for two of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful foes.


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