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Review: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BSS_009_COVER-A_ROCAFORT“In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and astonishing artist Renato Guedes for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!”

Just like it says on the tin, this is a story about the origin of Bloodhound. Effectively a standalone interlude, Bloodshot Salvation #9 takes us back to the World War I where a mad scientist is desperate to help the men and boys on the front lines in the Battle of the Somme by using an unstoppable weapon that could turn the tide of the war  – yup, you guessed exactly what that weapon is: Bloodhound.

Bloodshot Salvation #9 is written by Ray Fawkes with Jeff Lemire who take no prisoners in the depiction of the futility of war, and the chronic waste of life that was the Great War. Although one can argue the necessity of Bloodhound’s origin at this point in the Bloodshot Salvation run, one should not argue that we got the story at all. Especially as there’s a chance that the deeper understanding of the hound and his struggles during the conflict will play into the future issues of the series.

When it comes to the art, Renato Guedes is firing on all cylinders as he delivers an artistic performance that will have you smelling the mud, blood, sweat and fear of the trenches. Guedes uses a lot of earthy tones during the quieter moments of the comic, with the muted browns and greens mixing with the subtle greys to add a palpable sense of foreboding before the colours explode out of the page in a horror of action and carnage.

As an interlude issue you couldn’t ask for any better, because although having to wait one more month to find out what’s happening in the Deadside isn’t the most ideal scenario for the less patient among us, Bloodshot Salvation #9 more than makes up for having to wait. Whether it’s an anticipation building move that will drive some crazy or a cunningly placed interlude to allow more time to finish the next comic doesn’t worry me. This is a beautifully brutal comic with a level of darkness and horror that lies just below the surface as the scientific experimentation is only just beginning for the men who will become Bloodshot.

It’s not a must-read comic in terms of the story, but  you will kick yourself if you miss this wonderful example of sequential art.

Story: Ray Fawkes with Jeff Lemire
Art: Renato Guedes Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.4 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Avengers #2 (Marvel) – After the fantastic first issue, I am super excited for this one and many more from Aaron and company. Celestials falling to the Earth? That is how you set the tone for an epic series!

Curse Words #14 (Image) – I love this crazy book. Charles Soule balances action, comedy, and ridiculous things all in one comic so well. Talking Koalas and a Wizard fight!

Cable #157 (Marvel) – This book has been getting better and better. I have always loved Cable and it feels like it is really bringing back the classic stuff I love about the character and his best runs.

The Punisher #224 (Marvel) – Frank Castle returns to the States and now Captain Marvel is on his tail. I cannot wait for this showdown or whatever happens with this. It has been a great run so far!

Daredevil #602 (Marvel) – Mayor Fisk or Mayor Murdock? This has been a fantastic run and Soule has given us action and twists that I didn’t expect. I am excited to see how this continues.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Ninja-K #7 (Valiant) – There are some comics that I am genuinely so excited to read every month, and this is one of them. I can’t say enough good things about the writing, the art, the everything. There are two comics from Valiant out this week, and the only reason this is on top is because the coin landed on tails.

Bloodshot Salvation #9 (Valiant) – See above. Except for tails and second place.

Mighty Thor: Gates Of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – I’ve been itching for more Thor after seeing Infinity War, and why not grab a new #1 issue?

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dodge City #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Dodge ball in comics! This series has been so much fun so far with great characters, great art… it’s a comic that just puts a smile on my face.

Barrier #3 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – An absolutely amazing series first released digitally and now in print. Timely and brilliant, it’s a must get.

Fence #6 (BOOM! Studios) – Like Dodge City, this one focuses on a sport… fencing! Also has great characters and fantastic art. Another series that’s just fun.

Flavor #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Image that takes place in a magical world and revolves around cooking. Absolutely fantastic and a must get this week.

James Bond: The Body #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A different take on James Bond focusing on the grittier aspects of it all and a man just beat down.

 

Jen

Death of Love #4 (Image Comics) –  Imagine if you will: a young man with a chainsaw can see the creatures that float around making people fall in love. What’s he gonna use that chainsaw for? Is it good? Is it evil? And what about these cupidae? What role does a mortal dude have in messing in the affairs of such ephemeral creatures? Issue #4 of DEATH OF LOVE promises to answer only some of these questions while leaving way more on the floor. If you missed this book in single issues, keep an eye out of the Trade this August.

Rat Queens #9 (Image Comics) –  All girl warriors, all the time. That’s the promise of RAT QUEENS and for years now, not matter the battle, that is what they deliver. Part four of THE COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING has Reality Wizards and interdimensional wizards. If anyone can deal with all that crazy and still come out on top, it’s the Rat Queens. Probably.

Goosebumps: Download and Die #3 (IDW Publishing) – Not only has GOOSEBUMPS been updated to include digital spooks, it’s got an all-new, all-female creative team. Goosebumps works because it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The plot is simple: defeat the monster, save the town. But, as with most GOOSEBUMPS tales, there are sure to be a few Bumps in the night along the way.

The Mighty Thor at the Gates of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – Thor is such good fun in any format, and personally I love when his world expands beyond himself. GATES OF VALHALLA may have some heavy plot points (saving Jane/Thor’s life), but it keeps the lighthearted moments that draw me back to Asgard time and again. The Godesses of Thunder may be my new religious figures, and the meta-call to “the Golden age of Thor” is absolutely delightful.

Star Wars: Lost Stars Graphic Novel Vol #1 (Yen Press) – Did you read Claudia Gray’s books are among the most celebrated of the new Star Wars Canon. Her YA novel Lost Stars was a smash-hit, and now I can’t wait to see how it translates to a graphic novel. The source material has plenty to play with–action, romance, intrigue, Imperial Academy classes, brainwashing….the list goes on. If you’re not a big novel reader but love a good graphic tale, this might be the best way to dive into Gray’s work.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR182012)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAR182014)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

The origin of Bloodhound!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!

Bloodshot Salvation #10 Travels to the 41st Century with Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #10 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS,” A SHOCK-INDUCING JUMPING-ON POINT from writer Jeff Lemire and dazzling artist Doug Braithwaite! On June 13th, the creative team that brought the Bloodshot of 4001 A.D. to life returns to the 41st century once again, as Ray Garrison’s salvation-seeking odyssey to secure his daughter’s safety reaches forward – and past the point of no return!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4002 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!

Featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Renato Guedes, and Kim Jung Gi!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #8 (Valiant) – After the ambitious issue told from Bloodshot’s point of view where you saw what he saw (only he was blind s we got a black comic with the only art on the pages being in the form of the panel borders), I’m really interested to see how Lemire follows that up. While I have no doubt this will be a really good comic, there is precedence after all, I’m curious to see how it stands up after #7 – a comic that I feel is incredible.

Ninja-K #6 (Valiant) – In any other week this would be on top of my Most Wanted list. In fact there’s such a gulf between this and the next that I didn’t bother to write it down. Why bother, really?

 

Joe

Top Pick: Oblivion Song #2 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new series is always exciting, and when Kirkman creates a new universe, it’s even more exciting. After a set up issue, it will be great to see what this world has in store. This is a solid pick for fans of sci-fi dystopian tales.

Gideon Falls #2 (Image Comics) – Another new series from a great writer, Lemire. I enjoyed the tone of the first issue, even if it did make me a little anxious. This is one freaky little town. Great for fans of horror.

The Avengers #688 (Marvel) – This train keeps rolling! The elders are coming to their endgame and each week this book juggles so many characters and does it effectively. This could become a classic Avengers tale.

X-Men Red #3 (Marvel) – Jean Grey has returned and with her comes a new team. This book deals with old school X-book themes like racism and mutants, and how they fit into the world of humanity. The first two issues have been good.

Captain America #700 (Marvel) – Waid’s time on the book is coming to a close, and Coates is beginning his run soon. This is a landmark issue and the end of a time travel arc that has been fun. It’s classic Captain America and the end of a run that acts as a palate cleanser to Hydra-Cap.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dodge City #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This is a week with lots of solid new releases and fantastic comics coming out so to narrow them down to five is a tough one. That being said, this is a comic that’s on the top of my pile to read. The first issue was cute, entertaining, just a lot of fun. A comic about dodge ball? Yeah, I’m sold.

Big Planet Comics Red (Big Planet/Retrofit Comics) – An anthology featuring 15 artists from the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia). This publisher consistently puts out amazing indie comics.

Crude #1 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – I read this first issue and it’s a gut punch of a story. Boiled down, it’s a revenge story, but the details, the setting, it’s just a raw and gritty comic that’s so good.

Domino #1 (Marvel) – Gail Simone writing Domino. Nuff said.

Exiles #1 (Marvel) – While I haven’t been a fan of this series in the past, the fact writer Saladin Ahmed is handling this volume has me excited.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #8

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #8

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (FEB181902)
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES (FEB181903)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by GERARDO ZAFFINO (FEB181904)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (FEB181905)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (FEB181906)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 11th

Can Bloodshot rewrite “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” to save his daughter from the darkness?

In the realm of the dead, three travelers now seek salvation. Bloodshot – a man remade as a weapon. Bloodhound – an innocent creature imbued with formidable power. And Baby Jessie – Bloodshot’s infant daughter, newly transformed in his own terrible image. Together, these three have all been damned by fate – an injustice they now seek to undo by striking a demonic pact to save Jessie’s life. But in the underworld known as the Deadside, there are few fair deals and even fewer promises fulfilled… With his weapons laid down, can Bloodshot tip the scales of life and death to save the one precious light his existence has ever offered?

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) presents a haunting and powerful turning point in the life of Valiant’s machine-made soldier for the final chapter of the “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – featuring fully painted artwork by Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

Bloodshot Salvation #9 – Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, & Renato Guedes Reveal Bloodhound’s Origin Story In May!

Valiant has released a first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #9 – a stunning STANDALONE ORIGIN STORY featuring the never-before-seen history of the indestructible mammalian machine known as Bloodhound! On May 16th, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire, Eisner, Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes, and astonishing artist Renato Guedes combine their talents for a one-shot issue witnessing the birth of Project Rising Spirit’s Bloodshot program – and the canine weapon of untold destruction they unleashed upon the war to end all wars!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after more than a century!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesGiuseppe Camuncoli, Juan José Ryp, and Shane Davis!

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #7

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“Master storyteller Jeff Lemire takes the helm for the year’s most terrifying, most memorable special issue – told entirely in PITCH-BLACK DARKNESS!

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…”

Note: the first time I reviewed this comic was before  I had read Bloodshot Salvation #6. As such, the following text has been altered a little, but as my opinion of the comic hasn’t changed after multiple readings, there aren’t any major changes. Spoilers are very minimal.

It’s hard to understate how excited I was to read this issue without resorting to overly enthusiastic hyperbole. The concept of a comic being created entirely in black with minimal art is one that intrigued me significantly, but knowing that Jeff Lemire was going to be writing and drawing it ratchets my anticipation up a little. Okay, so “drawing” may be a stretch as the art is limited to exactly what Bloodshot can see – blackness – and it’s only the creative use of the borders and gutters that give your eye something to look at.

Make no mistake, this stripped down comic is a very ambitious project. Going into this comic, the question upon my lips was whether Lemire could carry the story using only words and the creative use of panel lines, or does the comic stumble one time too many?

Having read the previous issue, the only real context one needs to know to pick this comic up is that Ninjak believes something in the Deadside can help Jessie with her nanite infection. Anything else is really just extraneous information. So because the why of  Bloodshot being in the Deadside doesn’t really matter in the context of the comic you’ll be reading, it doesn’t matter that he had no real plan on what to do when he got there. He is both literally blind and figuratively blind, which adds a meta layer to an already great issue. But because you don’t need to know the whats and whys behind the events of the comic you’re able to appreciate it for exactly what it is (and that mean the flimsy plan to cure Jessie in the Deadside despite having no idea how can be over looked). The story is honestly a very straight forward tale about a man in an unfamiliar situation, and although very well written, would be almost unremarkable in any other medium.

But this is comics, and this comic is remarkable.

In reality the importance of this issue isn’t in the content of the story, as good as it is, but in how Lemire tells it. Bloodshot Salvation #7 is an issue where the sum of what it is, and what it represents, make it worth buying and reading more than the story itself, because as an example of what can be accomplished with how comic books can be used as a  storytelling story telling method. When you read this, spend some time looking at the panel layouts; something as simple as a gutter may be far more significant than it would initially seem – or it might not.

This ambitiously brave comic could easily have fallen flat. After all, you could probably fit all the dialogue and internal thoughts within the issue into a page or two, and so you’re buying what, a comic full of black pages,  a little dialogue and some visual sound effects that combines into one of the most technically impressive comics you’ll ever see.

Whether you’re a fan of Bloodshot, or Valiant, or you’re not,  Bloodshot Salvation #7 is a book you’ll want in your collection as an example of a master craftsman at his very best, producing a seminal work of art that transcends conventional wisdom of what makes a comic work.

Frankly, this is phenomenal.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jeff Lemire
Story: 8 Art: Uh… Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Batman #42 (DC Comics) – The last Poison Ivy issue was great, and I cannot wait to continue it. Ivy vs Cat will be a blast!

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 (Marvel) – Doctor Strange is always best when it’s weird, and boy this is super weird.

Infinity Countdown #1 (Marvel) – I am actually semi-excited for Marvel rebooting, though it just happened not long ago with Legacy. Infinity Countdown Prime and the Warlock comic have both been solid and set up some neat things. I have semi-high hopes for this.

Super Sons Vol. 2 (DC Comics) – This series is great, and this was a fun arc. Jon and Damien are great together, and though the series is ending, I am sure we see more of them sometime soon.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot Salvation #7 (Valiant) – There’s not much I can say about this that I have’t already said in my reviews, but the long and the short of it is that I want this as an example of what comics are capable of as a visual medium. Jeff Lemire is one of the better writers in comics right now, and here he takes over the art (such that it is) to tell a story using only the panel borders and the letters against completely black pages. It’s a phenomenally ambitious comic.

 

Brett

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid one featuring a national tragedy, alien world, and at its heart a story about two brothers. There’s so much thought and detail put into the first issue, this one will be an absolute beast of a series and definite hit.

Dodge City #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has found success with a series about fencing and now we have one about dodge ball. The first issue is fun and entertaining and continues to bring the success we’ve seen with sports focused manga to western audiences.

East of West #36 (Image Comics) – Every issue of this series has been impressive and this issue left my jaw on the floor. Just amazing visuals and really moves the story along. Start from the beginning with this series and enjoy.

Gideon Falls #1 (Image Comics) – If Jeff Lemire writing the series wasn’t enough, Andrea Sorrentino on the art is the cherry on top.

Mech Cadet Yu #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Kids + giant robots vs. aliens. What else do you need to know? A fun series that brings the things I love about Pacific Rim to a wider aged audience.

Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite Jump to 4001 A.D. for “The Book of Revelations” in Bloodshot Salvation #10 – Coming in June!

Valiant has announced that “The Book of Revelations” will begin in Bloodshot Salvation #10 – the FIRST ISSUE of A SHOCK-INDUCING JUMPING-ON POINT from New York Times best-seller Jeff Lemire and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite! On June 13th, Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga returns to the far, far future of 4001 A.D. for the ultimate meeting of man and machine at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!

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!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato Guedes, and Kim Jung Gi!

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