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Valiant Releases a First Look at the Bloodshot #1 Carbon Fiber Finish Variant Cover

Valiant Entertainment has revealed the Bloodshot #1 Carbon Fiber Finish Variant Cover! This stunning cover features artwork by fan-favorite artist Jonboy Meyers. Designed by Valiant’s Director of Design and Production Travis Escarfullery, the Bloodshot #1 Carbon Fiber Finish Variant Cover is truly unlike any other comic cover fans will see!

Retailers can obtain a Bloodshot #1 Carbon Fiber Finish Variant Cover for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Bloodshot #1, an all-new ongoing series by captivating writer Tim Seeley and kinetic artist Brett Booth.

Bloodshot #1 features covers by Declan Shalvey, Dave Johnson, Hannah Templer, and Tim Sale. It comes to shelves September 25.

Valiant Announces the Bloodshot #1-12 Preorder Bundle

Extraordinary covers. Extra content. Same price!

Valiant has announced the Bloodshot #1-12 Preorder Edition Bundle, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. The bundle’s issues will feature covers drawn by Tim SaleBrett BoothTim Seeley, and other amazing artists! In addition to the eye-catching covers, each monthly issue will contain eight extra pages that are packed with bonus features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and more for just $3.99!

Written by Tim Seeley and with the first six issues illustrated by Brett Booth, the Bundle is available to preorder now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, September 2nd. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, September 25th.

Written by Seeley and art by Booth, the first issue features covers by Declan Shalvey, Dave Johnson, Hannah Templer, Jonboy Meyers, and a blank cover.

Early Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Story by ELIOT RAHAL and KEVIN GREVIOUX
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY
Final Order Cutoff June 3rd, 2019
On sale June 26th
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full color

Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin? This issue will change everything you know about the nanite-filled supersoldier. The action-packed ending of BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT!

BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #8

Underrated: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado (Redux)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado


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I wanted to revisit this book, because I’ve recently reread and still don’t think it gets the attention it deserves. This originally ran in July of 2018.

Jeff Lemire has been writing Bloodshot across various series for a long time. Longer, even, than I have been reading. Two days ago, I picked up the first volume of Bloodshot Reborn as despite reading from around the eighth issue of the series on, I had never actually read the opening to the series. The blurb on the back of this book gives you a pretty good idea of the book’s plot, but what it doesn’t do is tell you that this book is so much more than your typical superhero story.

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit — a private contractor trafficking in violence — very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving head-long into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Picking up after the events of The Valiant (expect spoilers for that book if you haven’t read it), Colorado opens with a monologue telling you who Bloodshot was juxtaposed against images in stark contrast to who he is now. Lemire wastes no tie in showing you that a  man who was forced to kill for others has, seemingly, wasted his opportunity at a second chance for a normal life. Within a page or two, you’re hitting rock bottom with the man formerly known as Bloodshot. You can feel his guilt and shame emanating  from the paper as you turn the page, and not once do you blame him for what he’s going through.

This is a man who was broken, and who doesn’t know how to move past what he was. Who woke up from a nightmare only to understand that he was the monster, and now wears the question of whether he deserves to move on as an armour.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is an origin story, of sorts, for Ray Garrison. Which means you don’t need to have read Bloodshot prior to picking up this comic (and, really, although the first series post Valiant relaunch is good, it pales in comparison to the more psychological horror take on the character that Lemire presents us with). This first volume in the series is a brilliant read; I devoured it in one sitting and immediately wanted to read more. I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, and think his take on the character is a vastly underrated one when looked at in the grand scheme of the comics read world.

Lemire’s take on Bloodshot is my favourite version of the character, but the opening of his story takes more from the horror genre than one would initially expect. The character’s inner turmoil is obvious and very clear to the reader as Ray Garrison struggles to discover who he is now that he’s no longer a monster; and his biggest fear, and one he must confront as the volume progresses, is that he’s nobody. Without the monster, he is a shell of a man.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is a book I can’t speak highly enough of (were this a review I’d be giving it a solid 10; the art is every bit as impressive as the story), and it genuinely surprised me that I hadn’t heard much about it prior to reading it myself. Maybe that was part of the magic, that unexpected kick in the teeth, but this first volume of Bloodshot Reborn needs to find its place on your shelf – whether physical or digital.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Valiant: Bloodshot FCBD 2019 Special

Valiant: Bloodshot FCBD 2019 Special

Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019!

Before Sony’s live-action BLOODSHOT blockbuster film takes movie theaters around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army!

Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to FALLEN WORLD, a shocking new event series starring Rai—the formidable protector of a future Earth— that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day…

Look, I don’t want to sound unfair, but this free comic contained one of the better Bloodshot stories since Jeff Lemire ended his run. It didn’t have the same level of impact as Lemire’s run did, but then to compare this thirteen page story to Lemire’s run is grossly unfair. Tim Seeley did, however, give me what I have been wanting since the end of Harbinger Wars II, and that is a continuation of Bloodshot’s story and not an unnecessary retelling of his origin.

With the thirteen page Bloodshot story serving as a prelude to the upcoming series, Seeley gives us a story that has a classic framework at its core; hero saves person from thugs – but reducing it to this base level means that I’m ignoring the nuance and foreshadowing that Seeley slips into the story. After having read the prelude to the series, I’m already looking forward to seeing where the writer takes the character once Bloodshot launches later this year.

Dan Abnett‘s Fallen World preview adds an interesting angle to his upcoming miniseries (and as of the first issue, you don’t need to read the prelude to enjoy the miniseries). This story centers around two people who are members of a religious movement dedicated to worshiping Father, New Japan’s AI Overlord before the satellite city came crashing to Earth. In the short nine page tale we get a good insight into the leader of said religious order as he receives a revelation as to the nature and source of his faith. In nine pages, Abnett delivers a surprising treatise on faith and how we choose to react when that faith is challenged; do we double down or open our hearts to the possibility of change?

Both stories feature art from two of the most visually exciting artists around; Tomas Giorello and Juan Jose Ryp on the first and second story, respectively. Given that this is a free comic, one could almost have expected Valiant to give the stories to a couple of up and coming artists, and not ones of this caliber. The effect of this is that despite there being two distinct art styles within the book, they’re both wonderful to look at and each artist adds a lot to the story despite the reduced page count.

The Free Comic Book Day special also includes an interview with each writer, which serves as another way to hook you into the upcoming stories (as if the two preludes weren’t enough). If this wasn’t free, I’d tell you to go buy it.

Bloodshot Prelude
Writer: Tim Seeley Pencils: Tomas Giorello
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8
Fallen World Prelude
Writer: Dan Abnett Pencils: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9
Recommendation: It’s free. Pick it up.

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with an early FREE copy for review.

Advance Review: Valiant: Bloodshot FCBD 2019 Special

Valiant: Bloodshot FCBD 2019 Special

Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019!

Before Sony’s live-action BLOODSHOT blockbuster film takes movie theaters around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army!

Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to FALLEN WORLD, a shocking new event series starring Rai—the formidable protector of a future Earth— that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day…

Look, I don’t want to sound unfair, but this free comic contained one of the better Bloodshot stories since Jeff Lemire ended his run. It didn’t have the same level of impact as Lemire’s run did, but then to compare this thirteen page story to Lemire’s run is grossly unfair. Tim Seeley did, however, give me what I have been wanting since the end of Harbinger Wars II, and that is a continuation of Bloodshot’s story and not an unnecessary retelling of his origin.

With the thirteen page Bloodshot story serving as a prelude to the upcoming series, Seeley gives us a story that has a classic framework at its core; hero saves person from thugs – but reducing it to this base level means that I’m ignoring the nuance and foreshadowing that Seeley slips into the story. After having read the prelude to the series, I’m already looking forward to seeing where the writer takes the character once Bloodshot launches later this year.

Dan Abnett‘s Fallen World preview adds an interesting angle to his upcoming miniseries (and as of the first issue, you don’t need to read the prelude to enjoy the miniseries). This story centers around two people who are members of a religious movement dedicated to worshiping Father, New Japan’s AI Overlord before the satellite city came crashing to Earth. In the short nine page tale we get a good insight into the leader of said religious order as he receives a revelation as to the nature and source of his faith. In nine pages, Abnett delivers a surprising treatise on faith and how we choose to react when that faith is challenged; do we double down or open our hearts to the possibility of change?

Both stories feature art from two of the most visually exciting artists around; Tomas Giorello and Juan Jose Ryp on the first and second story, respectively. Given that this is a free comic, one could almost have expected Valiant to give the stories to a couple of up and coming artists, and not ones of this caliber. The effect of this is that despite there being two distinct art styles within the book, they’re both wonderful to look at and each artist adds a lot to the story despite the reduced page count.

The Free Comic Book Day special also includes an interview with each writer, which serves as another way to hook you into the upcoming stories (as if the two preludes weren’t enough). If this wasn’t free, I’d tell you to go buy it.

Bloodshot Prelude
Writer: Tim Seeley Pencils: Tomas Giorello
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8
Fallen World Prelude
Writer: Dan Abnett Pencils: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9
Recommendation: It’s free. Pick it up.

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with an early FREE copy for review.

Valiant Launches a New Bloodshot Series with Tim Seeley and Brett Booth Ahead of the Vin Diesel Movie

Before Vin Diesel breaks the box office as Bloodshot in Sony Pictures’ upcoming feature film, Valiant Entertainment is launching an explosive new Bloodshot ongoing series from an all-star creative team, debuting in September!

Bloodshot, the unstoppable supersoldier trapped in a never-ending war, has arrived! Written by the electrifying Tim Seeley and featuring artwork by industry icon Brett Booth, this tremendous team is crafting a Bloodshot adventure full of badass action, surprising stories…and then some more badass action! Declan Shalvey will illustrate covers for the series.

Once, he was the perfect living weapon, created to follow orders. Now, Bloodshot works alone, using his lethal skills to protect those who cannot protect themselves. But a mysterious and powerful organization is watching, and they’re not about to let something as dangerous as Bloodshot remain free…

Valiant is set to distribute free copies of a brand-new Bloodshot short story by Seeley with artwork by Tomás Giorello and Diego Rodriguez on Free Comic Book Day (May 4, 2019) through participating retailers. The story leads into the new series.

Artwork from BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 by Brett Booth.
Inking by Adelso Corona, coloring by Andrew Dalhouse.
Artwork by BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 by Brett Booth.
Inking by Adelso Corona, coloring by Andrew Dalhouse.

Review: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #2

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #2

Bloodshot’s definitive origin story races forward! 

Bloodshot’s handlers have a problem: Their valuable asset isn’t quite the blank slate they’d hoped for and keeps rejecting the false memories they attempt to implant into his mind. Can Project Rising Spirit recoup their losses and produce the perfect supersoldier at last – or is their new prototype at risk of being shelved permanently?

I’ll lay my cards right down on the table – I am not fond of the concept of Bloodshot: Rising Spirit. This series is an origin story for Bloodshot that isn’t really needed if you’ve read any of the previous Bloodshot series published in the last few years (Bloodshot, Bloodshot: Reborn, Bloodshot USA and Bloodshot Salvation) because you already know how the story will end.

I understand why Valiant feel the need to revisit the character’s origin with a movie scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2020, just as I understand that I may not be the target audience for this story as I already have some familiarity with the character.

The story aims to delve deeper into Bloodshot’s past, his creation and his training, but unlike another character with a mysterious past, we’ve already seen glimpses of what led to Bloodshot’s creation. We hadn’t seen any of the build up to what happened to Logan during his time at Weapon X, so the Barry Windsor Smith story was exciting, fresh and gave readers a new level of understanding for the character. Conversely, after two issues, Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is none of those things.

Kevin Grevioux seems to lose himself in the false memory implants that the story is shoving on Bloodshot, which has the effect  of leaving the reader doubting just what is, and what is not, real. Although this could be, and quite likely is, an intentional choice to further immerse the reader in Bloodshot’s journey, it left me waiting for the end of the comic.

Artistically, the comic is solid. Which is something that I was somewhat pleasantly surprised about after realising the art was handled by three different artists (all of whom are very talented); one was a touch worried that there may have been too many cooks in the kitchen, but in this case there seems to be just the right amount to produce a really good meal.

There are better Bloodshot stories out there. If you’re looking for an idea of where the character was before he breaks free from his masters, start with the 2012 Bloodshot. If you want to read a fantastic character breakdown and exploration of what it means to be human, superhuman and the bonds of responsibility that comes with that then start at Bloodshot: Reborn. Jeff Lemire’s run through to the end of Bloodshot: Salvation is a modern classic, and is arguably some of the writer’s best work. But if you do want to check this series out, rest assured that it isn’t a bad comic; it’s just not as good as what came before. At this point there’s very little here for existing fans, whereas new readers will have a wealth of things to discover with the character – and if Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is their gateway to Bloodshot and Valiant in general, then that’s no bad thing.

Story: Kevin Grevioux
Art – Breakdowns: Ken Lashley Finishes: Ryan Winn and Oliver Borges
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.8 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Tim Seeley and Dan Abnett Make Their Valiant Debut in 2019 Free Comic Book Day Gold Book

Valiant Entertainment has announced that it has been selected as one of only 12 Gold Sponsors of 2019’s Free Comic Book Day, which will take place on May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops everywhere.

The Valiant FCBD 2019 Bloodshot Special features two original stories exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019 and welcomes legendary writers Tim Seeley and Dan Abnett to the Valiant Universe!

Valiant’s FCBD offering boasts a cover illustrated by sensational painter, Dan Brereton  and launches the publisher forward into its ambitious plans for the second half of the year. Before Sony’s blockbuster live-action Bloodshot film takes the world by storm in 2020, discover a brutal new tale of Valiant’s one-man army by Tim Seeley and artist Tomás Giorello. Then, enter the 41st century with RAI, the formidable, sword-wielding protector of a future Earth, in a pulse-pounding prologue to the upcoming event series Fallen World by Dan Abnett and artist Juan José Ryp, which will debut just days before Free Comic Book Day! Fallen World #1, by Abnett and extraordinary artist Adam Pollina, will release on May 1st, 2019.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that every person can discover a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the comic book industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage comics readers of all kinds to visit their local comic shops. Local comic shops are some of the most important places in the comics community, where fans can discuss their favorite books, discover new must-read comics, and even make lifelong friends.

Behold! The Bloodshot Holiday Sweater Has Arrived!

Valiant Entertainment is feeling extra jolly because the lovable Bloodshot Holiday Sweater and T-Shirt, which features the nanite-infused supersoldier and his adorable ally Bloodhound, is now available exclusively on Zavvi!

Available in men’s and women’s sizes, this not-so-wholesome Bloodshot Holiday Sweater is made from a 80% cotton and 20% polyester mix, ensuring Bloodshot fans will be cozier than Bloodshot himself relaxing in a nanite bath when they put it on. The eye-catching design is inspired by the work of immensely talented artist Mico Suayan!

If you want to feel festive but it’s too warm for a sweater, there’s the truly terrific Bloodshot Holiday T-Shirt, also available in men’s and women’s sizes. The shirt featuring Valiant’s virtually unstoppable weapon is 90% cotton and 10% polyester, meaning it’ll make you feel more comfortable than Bloodshot after he enjoyed a buffet full of meat! Feast your eyes on more images of these spectacular sweaters and t-shirts below!

The Bloodshot Holiday Sweater and T-Shirt is available exclusively on Zavvi and can be found via the links below.

Men’s Sweater
Women’s Sweater

Men’s T-Shirt
Women’s T-Shirt

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