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Preview: Bloodshot #0

BLOODSHOT #0

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MARC LAMING
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover B by RAMÓN F. BACHS
Cover C by FRANCIS PORTELA
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Artist Mac Laming unleashes eye-popping artwork as the truth behind Bloodshot’s mission is revealed!

BLOODSHOT #0

Review: Bloodshot #6

Bloodshot #6

The mysterious Eidolon’s origin finally revealed in Bloodshot #6! This issue will change Bloodshot forever, and you’ll never guess how it ends!

The above text came from the press email Valiant sent out, and, well they’re not wrong.

Bloodshot has been one of the most frenetic and fun series Valiant has put out in some time. It has been the very definition of a popcorn comic as I can currently think of; you don’t need to think too hard when reading this book; Tim Seeley has been able to give you almost everything you need in each issue to understand what is happening within those 22 pages of story. If ever there was a series for new readers to just pick up and enjoy, it would be this one.

And yet there are still moments of characterization, whether that’s in the beats in you see as Seeley lets you take a moment to breathe, or in the snappy dialogue between the characters as the bullets are flying. This balance allows you to get lost in the comic, absorbing the story beats that come like a rhythmic cadence between chaos on the page.

Seeley is joined once again by artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. All of whom combine for an aesthetic that appeals enormously to me. The style gives me a sense of nostalgia for the comic art I read growing up; it’s dynamic, clean and yet full of life and vibrancy.

If the above paragraph feels familiar to you it’s because I copied it from the review of the last issue. It was as true then as it is for this issue, and I didn’t feel like I should try and craftily rewrite the same thing.

One of the things I’ve noticed in Tim Seeley’s Bloodshot is that he’s shied away from making Bloodshot utterly unstoppable. He can be hurt, he can be slowed down, and he can be beaten. This had had the effect of adding a level of risk to the story that could easily be missing given how the character has evolved as the unstoppable killing machine. Like other aspects of the comic, it’s refreshing. Whether it’s just a device to show how strong the enemies have been in the series or is going to be slowly established as the new status quo for the character we’ll discover in the coming months.

Bloodshot isn’t the most original story. It won’t shake you to your core or have you asking yourself deeply introspective questions. But not every comic needs to do that. What Bloodshot does, it does very well. As a pure comic book, there’s a lot of enjoyment on offer here. Seeley, Booth, and co have been remarkably consistent issue to issue, and I can’t really find any fault in an issue that does exactly what it says on the tin (that may be an obscure reference for you – it’s from a UK add originating in the late 90’s from a company called Ronseal).

Bloodshot remains one of the series I look forward to reading each month. This wasn’t the best comic I’ve read this week, but it still comes with a big fat stamp of approval from me.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

The Bloodshot Official Movie Novel is Out Now

Bloodshot the Official Movie Novelization

Out today from Titan Books is the official novel adaption of the upcoming Sony film Bloodshot. The novel is written by Gavin Smith.

The book also contains an exclusive short story “Into the Fire.”

Being a Hero is in His Blood

After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a secret team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – “Bloodshot” – without any memory of his previous life.

But some things can’t stay buried, and Ray refuses to back down when his memories begin to surface. Haunted by the face of his family’s killer, he will stop at nothing to take his revenge and discovers a conspiracy going deeper than he could have possibly imagined…

Based on the comic and character from Valiant, Bloodshot begins to roll out to theaters in February 2020 and comes to North American theaters on March 13, 2020.

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Bloodshot Book One

Much of the GP team has a long weekend but that doesn’t mean we’re taking the day off. Expect a packed day of news! To get things rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

WSYM-TV – MLK Commission welcomes Andrew Aydin to 2020 Day of Celebration – Congrats to Andrew!

Tom’s Guide – Best Comic Book Apps 2020 – Free Readers for iPad, iPhone, Android – Any you all like?

Whatculture – 10 Best Comic Books That DON’T Have Superheroes – Agree? Disagree?

How to Love Comics – How To Start Reading The Umbrella Academy Comics [Guide + Reading Order] – A handy guide for those interested.

How to Love Comics – Bloodshot Reading Order Guide – Another handy guide.

The Comichron – December 2019 comics and graphic orders up 9%; House of X/Powers of X top dollar GN – For those interested in the race.

Reviews

AIPT – Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #2
Talking Comics – Legion of Super-Heroes #3
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Over My Dead Body
ICv2 – Sabrina: The Teenage Witch Vol. 1

Review: Bloodshot #5

Bloodshot #5

Bloodshot goes on his scariest — and most personal — mission yet… at a horror movie convention?! A whole new era of Bloodshot is here in Bloodshot #5!

I’m not gonna lie to you. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun reading an action comic as I have Bloodshot in a long time. Yes, I’ve read some great books over the years, but there’s something fun about this book that you can’t ignore. Although the themes of freedom and enforced service are very present focal points in the comic, there’s a levity here. Bloodshot attending a horror convention and the scenes with him reacting to certain cosplayers and commenting on what he sees are a great balance to the darker sides of the comic.

What I found most impressive was how well Tim Seeley has geared the issue to new people. There’s enough exposition and background between the recap page and the dialogue to catch new readers up with what they have to know. It doesn’t give it all away should they decide to check out any of the collected editions of yore. Nor does it feel in any way forced or heavy-handed for long term readers.

Seeley is joined once again by artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. All of whom combine for an aesthetic that appeals enormously to me. The style gives me a sense of nostalgia for the comic art I read growing up; it’s dynamic, clean and yet full of life and vibrancy.

Tim Seeley’s Bloodshot is a story about redemption for a man trying to atone for wrongs he had little choice in making. Watching the writer explore Bloodshot’s psyche and reintroduce him as a slightly more straightforward hero with a deeply troubled past is interesting because it feels like a natural evolution after what we’ve seen him go through over the previous series from Valiant – most recently Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed run.

I said last week that you really can’t go wrong with the series if you’re looking for a fun action-based comic – and I stand by that. This isn’t a revolutionary book, and there are arguably deeper comics out there – some even from the same publisher – but there are very few books on the racks that are as much fun as this one.

Bloodshot comes highly recommended from me.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. I’ve also got a copy set aside to pick up tomorrow.

Bloodshot Gets Its Second Trailer

Films based on comics aren’t just limited to two publishers and Bloodshot has the potential to be huge.

Starring Vin Diesel the film is based on the Valiant character. It’s the first movie based on a Valiant Entertainment hero. Directed by Dave Wilson, Sony‘s Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. The comic book character was co-created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton.

Bloodshot opens in theaters on March 13th, 2020.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

Preview: Bloodshot #5

BLOODSHOT #5

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by BRETT BOOTH
Cover A by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover B by BILLY TUCCI
Cover C by LEO COLAPIETRO
On sale JANUARY 15 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Bloodshot goes on his scariest — and most personal — mission yet… at a horror movie convention?! A whole new era of Bloodshot is here!

BLOODSHOT #5

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Wonder Woman 84

We’re keeping it a fairly normal day here at GP before a nice break tomorrow for the holiday. We hope everyone has a good, day, week, holiday, whatever. It might be a slow week but that’s not slowing us down. Here’s you’re morning roundup.

Kotaku – The X-Men Update Adds Friendly Competition To Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – Nice!

Newsarama – Wonder Woman 1984 Film Completely Done – 6 Months Ahead of Scheduled Release – This kind of feels impressive.

Newsarama – Bloodshot Movie Delayed 3 Weeks – Boooo.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: How to Love is the guide you never knew you needed – Free comics!

Reviews

Comic Book – Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1
Newsarama – King Thor #4
Newsarama – Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
CBR – Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Review: Bloodshot #4

Bloodshot #4

All aboard as Bloodshot faces off against ghoulish monsters on a bullet train to the heart of darkness in Bloodshot #4!

High-speed thrills and blood-curdling chills lurk behind every turn in 2019’s best new action series!

There are times that you want to read a comic that’ll make you examine your core values. Who you are as a person and what your place is in the world. Then there are the times that you want to read a comic that doesn’t make you think. That places its main character in a situation that requires the prodigious use of violence to escape from. A comic like Bloodshot #4. As an action comic, this comic is unparalleled. It’s balls to the wall action interspersed with just enough story information as to why Bloodshot is shooting his way through a train. You’re never left wondering what’s going on or why.

Before you think this is just a mindless comic, rest assured there’s a little more to it. If you choose to look for it.

Tim Seeley kicks off the next arc of his Bloodshot run with a comic that’s a great jumping-on point for new readers. That’s without missing a beat from the previous three-issue arc. Seeley is joined by artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. None of whom seem to know how to make a bad Bloodshot comic.

With the comic set primarily on a train, there’s a sense of claustrophobia as the action unfolds within a speeding metal hunk. There’s also a slight feeling of familiarity. Train sequences can be found in numerous movies, whether it’s Captain America: The First Avenger, any one of the James Bond movies or even Under Siege. Train scenes are always popular in certain movies because when they’re done well they’re really good. And this comic gets it very right. There’s a brilliant moment with an improvised piece of cover in a firefight. It’s a savage battle and an uncomfortable question as Bloodshot finds himself needing protean to replenish his nanites.

As previously alluded to, there is more to this comic than the action. Bloodshot is trying to find his place in the world. Whether that’s as a hero or an avatar of justice (or vengeance) or as something else entirely. This issue finds the super-soldier unleashed as he points himself at a target of his choosing. This is where the depth of the comic comes in to play, and while it is pretty spelled out for readers, the implications of the between-the-lines could bear some interesting fruit.

This comic is a brilliant start to the new arc. It’s a fantastic introduction for anybody intrigued by the movie trailers. So far, you really can’t go wrong with this series.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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