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Preview: Bloodshot Salvation Vol. 3 The Book of Revelations

BLOODSHOT SALVATION VOL. 3: THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Time to kill!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

From superstar writer Jeff Lemire (The TerrificsBlack Hammer) and artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery), Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga comes to a thrilling conclusion right here in the far, far future with the ultimate meeting of man and machine at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!

Collects BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10–12.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-293-5

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #12

BSS_012_COVER-A_ROCAFORTBloodshot has traveled from the depths of the Deadside to the far-flung future of 4002 A.D. to save his daughter’s life…and spare her the murderous inheritance of the nanites that flow through both their veins. Now, stranded at the crossroads of the 41st century with one last mission between them and freedom, the question will finally be answered: Was it all for naught?

That’s a question that you’ll be asking yourself after reading this comic. It’s not that Bloodshot Salvation #12 is a bad comic, but it’s a comic that takes the series out on a half-hearted bang rather than the explosive finale that we as readers were expecting given all the build up and tension layered through the series thus far. Maybe the issue wasn’t long enough, maybe Jeff Lemire had too many loose ends to wrap up fully and still allow room for the action to fully percolate. Maybe I expect more out of Lemire than I do any other writer (which is true) and so when he delivers a comic that’s not as good as some of his other work on the character it’s noticeable. Either way, although this is a good comic, it’s not a great comic.

Reservations with the comic’s plotting aside, there are several scenes that, while they could have benefited from further expansion, are still worth reading the comic for; Doug Braithwaite and Jordie Bellaire send the comic off on a high note, with the action easy to follow with some gorgeously brutal set pieces (or the results of off screen violence) that leave the reader with a moment of satisfaction as one plot thread after another is smoothly wrapped up into Lemire’s Bloodshot tapestry. Yes, there are a couple threads left open for further exploration in the future, but never at the expense of a complete story being told here. The world and the people in it will move on, and whether we get to see their next adventures all depend on the direction Valiant want to take with the next chapter in Blodshot’s life coming later this year.

Ultimately, Bloodshot Salvation #12 just doesn’t have the page count to allow it to end as well as it could have, with the standard number of pages leading to a truncated ending, and the unanswered question of what could have been had Lemire and the others been allowed another five to ten pages.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #12

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #12

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES
Bloodshot Icon Variant by MD BRIGHT
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 8th

The long road to salvation ends here!

Bloodshot has traveled from the depths of the Deadside to the far-flung future of 4002 A.D. to save his daughter’s life…and spare her the murderous inheritance of the nanites that flow through both their veins. Now, stranded at the crossroads of the 41st century with one last mission between them and freedom, the question will finally be answered: Was it all for naught? At long last, Eisner Award nominee Jeff Lemire’s staggering Bloodshot saga reaches a monumental climax as superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) helps close “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” once and for all!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation Vol. 2: The Book of the Dead TPB

BLOODSHOT SALVATION VOL. 2: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES and JEFF LEMIRE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 1st
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-277-5

Into the Deadside!

Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and negotiate a deal for her safety. Now, with only Bloodhound and the enigmatic hero known as Shadowman to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine) take Bloodshot on a heart-stopping journey to Deadside’s darkest depths to confront death itself in the series named one of the year’s best by Entertainment Weekly!

Collecting BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6–9.

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #11

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To save his daughter’s life, Bloodshot brokered an unthinkable bargain…and has been thrown forward two thousand years in the future to 4002 A.D.! But preserving life requires a sacrifice…and now, he’s on the hunt to take out the one man standing between him and the safe return of his family! Too bad the only thing standing in his way is…Bloodshot? When the 41st century’s Bloodshot finds out Ray Garrison has come to town, all hell is bound to break loose!

I’m going to dispense with any meaningful introduction to this review, and get right to what bothered me about Bloodshot Salvation #11; parts of it felt very familiar. Almost too familiar…

Indeed, they felt familiar enough that I had to go back to earlier issues in the series to find out if a little under a third of the book was a truncated recap of Magic and Jesse’s adventures from the first to the fifth issue in the series. Which is great for those who didn’t read them – like I said, it’s a giant recap, but it feels a little cheap if you’ve been following the story from the beginning to this point. The earlier scenes aren’t reproduced as Doug Braithwaite recreates the original art with subtle differences, which is nice because at least we get a full comic of new art, but the plot those scenes depict is nothing new. 

That being said, despite my earlier reservations about the older material, it is interesting to see it parallel to Bloodshot’s story – something we’re only now seeing for the first time.

Despite my misgivings about the repetition, Jeff Lemire still delivers a top notch comic book as Bloodshot, sent to the future, seeks to kill a man to save his daughter at the behest of Baron Samedi. It’s the question, and the way Lemire phrases the answer, that brings the book back from the brink from of annoyance and throws it forward into a truly interesting read. After all, would you kill a person to save the life of your child?  The involvement of the Bloodshot of 4002 AD adds another dynamic to the comic, and seeing the two Bloodshots on the page at the same time is quite entertaining.

Bloodshot Salvation #11 does stumble out of the starting gate, however upon reflection some form of recap was needed (I just don’t think we needed as much of it as we got),  but the penultimate issue of the series leaves us with a great set up for an explosive finale. For me, the good far outweighed the annoyances in this issue (I’m not saying “bad” because nothing here was bad – just a little too familiar), which leaves us with a compelling comic chock full of some amazing artwork and a few eye opening moments as Lemire brings the series home.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letter: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.1 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy if you’ve come this far

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Joe Ryan’s What To Buy for July 11

Joe goes over his top picks for comic books and trades for the week of July 11th 2018.

UPDATE: I missed mentioning Relay #1

Comics I Pull:
Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Punisher #227

Other Comics Featured:
Superman #1
Suicide Squad #44
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48
Hawkman #2
Champions #22
Daredevil #605
Ms. Marvel #32
New Mutants #5
Old Man Logan #43
Plastic Man #2
Black Science #37
Oblivion Song #5
Farmhand #1
Bloodshot Salvation #11

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #11

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #11

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAY182096)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAY182097)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by WHILCE PORTACIO (MAY182098)
Pre-order edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 11th

Time to kill!

To save his daughter’s life, Bloodshot brokered an unthinkable bargain…and has been thrown forward two thousand years in the future to 4002 A.D.! But preserving life requires a sacrifice…and now, he’s on the hunt to take out the one man standing between him and the safe return of his family! Too bad the only thing standing in his way is…Bloodshot? When the 41st century’s Bloodshot finds out Ray Garrison has come to town, all hell is bound to break loose! Eisner Award winner Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and master storyteller Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) are about to pull the pin on the next explosive chapter of “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” with a centuries-spanning gunfight for the ages!

Revew: Bloodshot Salvation #10

BSS_010_COVER-A_ROCAFORTTwo thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

The beginning of the end is here as Bloodshot Salvation enters into the final arc for the series, in which Bloodshot has been sent to the year 4002 A.D. in order to kill somebody to save his daughter’s life after having made a bargain with Baron Samedi (whom you may recognize from the current Shadowman series). Now, with Bloodshot’s daughter, Jesse, returned from the Deadside to the present aged around eight years from when she entered, Magic and Jesse have a much different problem to focus on beyond Bloodshot’s disappearance: Jesse’s rapid aging, and what that could mean going forward.

As for Bloodshot, his mission in the future boils down to finding a contact, and find the person whose life he traded for Jesse’s amongst the ruins of New Japan (see 4001 A.D. for the reasons why there are ruins of New Japan on Earth). Jeff Lemire kicks off his swan song in style, evidenced by the absurdity of Bloodshot fighting dinosaurs with a sword; it shouldn’t work, but it does (and is a personal highlight for me). Although a lot of that would be due to Doug Braithwaite’s wonderfully clean lines coupled with Jordie Bellaire’s colouring work. The scenes set in the future have a vibrantly desolate feel, with the art jumping from the page and threatening to smack the life from you in an over enthusiastic moment of glee; whereas the scenes set in the present have a deep sense of foreboding as Braithwaite draws in an appropriately claustrophobic manner, and Bellaire uses a sterile colour pallet of blues and greys to convey the military headquarters of G.A.T.E.

This obvious dichotomy in colour schemes and spaciousness within the comic help the reader to easily differentiate between the two time zones, but leave the question hanging of who is really more alone; Bloodshot and Bloodhound stranded thousands of years in the future, or Magic and Jesse who face an uncertain future together?

Although this is a new arc, and as such technically a new jumping on point, the story is a heavy continuation of the series thus far and may push away readers who are starting with this issue. That being said, I really enjoyed reading this comic – and would highly recommend you start reading from the beginning if you choose to do so. Even as the series winds to a close, Bloodshot Salvation shows every sign of going out on a high note.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Simon Bowland

Story: 8.8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #10

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (APR181859)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (APR181860)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by KIM JUNG GI (APR181861)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 13th

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” – PART ONE!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

From superstar writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics, Black Hammer) and artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery), Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga goes back to the far, far future for the ultimate meeting of man and machine
at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!

Bloodshot Salvation #12 – Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite Command the Finale to Valiant’s Critically Acclaimed Masterpiece This August!

Valiant has released aspecial first look at Bloodshot Salvation #12, the astonishing finale to one of the most seminal and groundbreaking series that Valiant has ever published! On August 8thNew York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and incredible artist Doug Braithwaite bring “The Book of Revelations” to a startling, unprecedented denouement, as Ray Garrison grapples with the core of his being… and the being his legacy will one day birth in millennia to come!

Bloodshot has traveled from the depths of the Deadside to the far-flung future of 4002 A.D. to save his daughter’s life… and spare her the murderous inheritance of the nanites that flow through both their veins. Now, stranded at the crossroads of the 41st century with one last mission between them and freedom, the question will finally be answered: Was it all for naught?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato Guedes, and comics legend MD Bright!

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