Review: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

4001-BLOOD_001_COVER-A_LEEI’m not going mince my words here: although I was looking forward to another installment in the 4001 A.D. story arc, the cover, and the taste of meh left in my mouth after the last tie-in left me uneasy about this comic. It was either going to be pretty good, or best forgotten, and the cover had me edging toward best forgotten.

As the old saying goes, I shouldn’t have judged the comic by it’s cover.

Valiant‘s summer events are generally some of the best around – when it comes to the main series, anyway. The tie-in titles can often be hit or miss depending entirely on how familiar you are with the title character/s in the tie-in (for an example of just that, I wasn’t a fan of Book Of Death: Fall Of Harbinger but a reader with a different perspective really was). I’ve read a couple of Bloodshot comics, certainly more than I have Imperium or Harbinger, and so I knew I’d have a little background on the character. I honestly didn’t need it.

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is an indirect sequel to last year’s one shot Book Of Death: Fall Of Bloodshot but whether you’ve read that comic or not, you’ll still be able to enjoy this issue.

With Ray Garrison long dead, what final mission do the nanites that drove the killing machine have? Obviously I’m not going to tell you (go read the comic!), but what I will say is that this is one of the best Bloodshot comics I’ve read in a long time. Jeff Lemire has written a comic that transcends the title character, and the event it’s tying in with, telling a story that despite what I said earlier about character familiarity can be enjoyed with out any real knowledge of Bloodshot.

This is a brilliant comic with some truly  excellent artwork (the layouts and colouring on some of the later pages is fantastic), but 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is a comic where the sum of the parts are greater than the individual components.

If you’re reading 4001 A.D. this tie-in has a window into the consequences of Father‘s actions (he’s dismantling New Japan – a sattelite country that orbits the Earth), and is certainly worth a look. If you’re not following 4001 A.D. you should still read this comic; it’s probably the best 4001 A.D. comic released so far.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite Colourist: Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I’ll be buying a copy anyway.