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Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Pre-order Cover by E.M. GIST
On sale NOVEMBER 23RD | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Guest-starring X-O MANOWAR!

BLOODSHOT recruits X-O MANOWAR – who knows a thing or two about ending alien threats – as a parasitic alien takes hold in an Appalachian church putting an entire congregation of lost souls at risk.

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Pre-order Cover by E.M. GIST
On sale NOVEMBER 23RD | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Guest-starring X-O MANOWAR!

BLOODSHOT recruits X-O MANOWAR – who knows a thing or two about ending alien threats – as a parasitic alien takes hold in an Appalachian church putting an entire congregation of lost souls at risk.

Bloodshot Unleashed #3

Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #2

Bloodshot Unleashed #2

Written by DENIZ CAMP
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by NICOLE RIFKIN
Cover C by ALEX GARNER
Pre-order Cover by DEXTER SOY
On sale OCTOBER 26TH | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | M

Bloodshot’s mission to stop rogue super soldiers takes him to Howl, Michigan, where dangerous levels of radiation have seeped into the town. All the evidence points to the now-defunct Lombard Motors plant—and a wounded soldier whose brain was placed inside a robotic chassis with nuclear capabilities. No matter what happens, there’s going to be fallout!

Bloodshot Unleased #2

Review: Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Dangerous super soldiers and bloodthirsty living weapons have mysteriously escaped into the world to wreak havoc across the dying towns and forgotten farms of America. Now, Bloodshot must take up arms again to travel across the country hunting down these violent monsters, battling his own demons, and defending the most defenseless. Deniz Camp and Jon Davis-Hunt join forces to unleash Valiant Entertainment’s first Mature Readers, Bloodshot Unleashed #1, a title that puts the BLOOD in BLOODSHOT.

Valiant’s offerings over the last couple of years have been somewhat hit and miss with the fans, and while I’ve enjoyed what they’ve been putting out on the whole, I understand that not every reader has been as fond of the recent offerings. That said, Bloodshot Unleashed is a book that feels like the earlier offerings from Valiant Entertainment; there’s a bit of ambiguity in what Bloodshot has been doing, an acknowledgement that he’s been manipulated and used in the past, and a tacit understanding that he’s going to be manipulated and used again in the future if certain agencies have the opportunity to do so. This book’s plot reminds me a little of the plot of Ninja K from a few years back in the premise; retired super soldiers seek revenge for the way they’ve been treated – only this time there’s a lot more bullets than blades involved (thus far at least).

Deniz Camp structures the book into an almost one and done story that’ll either capture the reader’s attention or it won’t; for new readers this is a pretty decent introduction that doesn’t require in depth knowledge of the character’s previous exploits and long term fans will find something refreshing in the action interspersed with plot building flashbacks. Jon Davis-Hunt‘s artwork is exactly what I was hoping it would be; detailed, exciting and easy to follow. There’s no attempt to shy away from the results of a mad super soldier, but nor does Davis-Hunt go over board in what’s shown. Coupled with Jordie Bellaire‘s colours, and this book is one pretty looking bag of violence.

As an introduction to the character, this is as good a place as any to start; I mean, really when it comes to an action book, there’s not much more that you can be looking for. Bloodshot Unleashed #1 is a bloody fine comic.

Story: Deniz Camp Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.


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Preview: Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Bloodshot Unleashed #1

(W) Deniz Camp (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Dangerous super soldiers and bloodthirsty living weapons have mysteriously escaped into the world to wreak havoc across the dying towns and forgotten farms of America. Now, Bloodshot must take up arms again to travel across the country hunting down these violent monsters, battling his own demons, and defending the most defenseless. Deniz Camp (Agent of W.O.R.L.D.E.) and Jon Davis-Hunt (SHADOWMAN) join forces to unleash Valiant Entertainment’s first Mature Readers title that puts the BLOOD in BLOODSHOT.

Bloodshot Unleashed #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hakim's Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

20th Century Men #2 (Image Comics) – The debut issue delivered an intriguing alternate world of war and politics and we really want to see where it all goes.

A.X.E. Judgement Day #5 (Marvel) – The event has exceeded our expectations and it’s desperate times at this point. This issue ends with a shocker and game changer.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #2 (Vault Comics) – The series has been a fantastic riff on the fantasy genre full of action and laughs.

Batman: One Bad Day – Two-Face #1 (DC Comics) – The series of one-shots put the spotlight on the villains. The first was really good and we’re hoping for much of the same quality for this one.

Bloodshot Unleashed #1 (Valiant) – A mature Bloodshot series? Yeah, we’re game for it.

Crashing #1 (IDW Publishing) – A medical drama involving superheroes. We’re into the concept.

Crazy Food Truck Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – The first issue was awesome action and characters. It’s a great twist on the apocalyptic setting that has us pumped to read more.

Creepshow #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The tv series comes to comics. Horror fans will want to check this out.

Doughnuts and Doom (IDW Publishing) – Being a teenage witch-or rock star-is tougher than it looks! Flying brooms and electric guitars set hearts aflame in this fantastically fizzy graphic novel.

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France (Graphic Mundi) – The final book in the trilogy, the graphic novels have followed Hakim’s journey as a refugee as he attempts to find peace and safety.

Justice Warriors #4 (AHOY Comics) – The series has been amazing at its satire and delivers a lot to chew on as it has its sights on so much of today’s issues.

Phenomena Vol. 1 Golden City of Eyes (Abrams ComicArts) – Brian Michael Bendis’ original graphic novel series. We definitely want to see what this is all about.

Solo Leveling Vol. 5 (Yen Press) – This mahnwa about dungeon crawling with a twist has been amazing with every release. Great action, growth, art, it has it all.

Stuff of Nightmares #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An original comic series from R.L. Stine? You have our attention.

Vanish #1 (Image Comics) – The highly anticipated indie debut from Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.

X-Terminators #1 (Marvel) – Jubliee. Boom-Boom. Dazzler. That alone we’re in for this one.

Underrated: Valiant Masters: Ninjak: Black Water

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: Valiant Masters: Ninjak: Black Water.


Ever since I’ve started to collect Valiant comics, I’ve been picking up the hardcover deluxe editions here and there as a way to catch up in bulk on some of the series I’ve missed, and also because I just like the look of them. A while back I did a cost analysis as to whether it was worth buying the deluxe editions verses the softcover trades or single issue floppies at cover price; generally the savings were negligible depending on the size of the book (less than $5, I think) between the hardcovers and soft covers, but the difference between the hard covers and cover price floppies varied greatly depending on how many books were collected (and it didn’t factor in the cost of the floppies after they’ve been on the market for a while, as they can fluctuate higher or lower depending on different trends).

This is relevant only because the Valiant Masters hardcovers generally contain the first eight issues of the original Valiant series (either 1-8 or 0-7 depending on the stories within), which means that for $25 you end up paying about $3.25 a comic. Whether that’s a good price for the early Valiant books depends on which book you’re looking at; I’ve paid $20 for the first appearance of Rai, $6 for the first appearance of Ninjak and around $1 for others, so it’s largely a crap shoot, but for the most part the individual issues collected in the Valiant Masters are going to be cheaper than the hardcover itself depending on which one you’re looking at.

The point I’m making here is that while I’m talking about the hardcover today, in reality I’m really looking at the eight issues within the book (Ninjak #1-6, before giving us his origin with issues #0 and #00), and those you can probably find easier than the hardcover which may be out of print now. The floppies will likely be cheaper given how out of print Valiant hardcovers tend to sell for higher than cover price.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of these Masters editions is in comparing what I know about the characters from their 2012 relaunch and the versions that appeared in the 90’s. The Ninjak of the 90’s had his differences from the modern version; born to English parents as part of an experiment to grow enhanced humans, he grew up in Japan and learned the ways of the ninja from a temple he sought refuge in after his father was murdered. The rest, his technology and such, differ only in what was conceivable to the writers of the time.

Black Water has the titular ninja taking down an international conglomerate. It sounds fairly cliche now, but the story’s echoes of Batman and James Bond set it apart from the general run of the mill hero vs corporation stories. The story is only the first two issues of the series and , but by the time that story had wrapped I felt like I’d read a full trade – one of my favourite things about comics from the 90’s and before has always been the amount of content packed into each issue. The first six issues we get are wonderful. Reading these, and the other early Valiant, I can understand why the publisher gained such a strong following over the years. Compact, exciting, and with some truly exciting art (I acknowledge that comic art has come a long way since the 90’s, but these issues of Ninjak hold up very well even today).

There may only be a limited number of folks left who, like me, want to explore the original Valiant comics of the 90’s that haven’t already done so, but these hardcover editions are a brilliant gateway to the past, and great encouragement to go hunting for the comics that haven’t been collected – and may never be at this point. That’s why I think these books are underrated; because so few of you will be looking for them. Which is a shame because those early Valiant stories are fantastic.


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

Preview: Book of Shadows #2

Book of Shadows #2

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Colors by DAVE FILARDI
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover B by NIK VIRELLA
Cover C by TRAVIS ESCARFULLERY
Pre-order Cover by KELLEY JOMES
On sale August 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Shadowman, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, Eternal Warrior, and Shadowman’s new ward, Persephone, confront a villain from the Veil. Exarch Fane has broken through to Earth, bringing with him the terrifying Book of Shadows. Death and destruction follow in Fane’s wake. Can our heroes save the day or will they run away to lick their wounds?

Book of Shadows #2

Preview: Book of Shadows #2

Book of Shadows #2

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by VICENTE CIFUENTES
Colors by DAVE FILARDI
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover B by NIK VIRELLA
Cover C by TRAVIS ESCARFULLERY
Pre-order Cover by KELLEY JOMES
On sale August 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Shadowman, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, Eternal Warrior, and Shadowman’s new ward, Persephone, confront a villain from the Veil. Exarch Fane has broken through to Earth, bringing with him the terrifying Book of Shadows. Death and destruction follow in Fane’s wake. Can our heroes save the day or will they run away to lick their wounds?

Book of Shadows #2

Valiant reveals a much different future for the publisher

Bloodshot Unleashed

A recent press release from Valiant hyping the upcoming Bloodshot Unleashed wasn’t exciting for what it said, it raised eyebrows for what it didn’t and what it hinted at.

The publisher is currently going through some rocky times though specifics seem scarce and it looks like those issues are impacting the publisher’s release schedule. In recent months releases have been scarce, far less than the usual release schedule pre-pandemic and during some of it. The publisher will now move putting out one release per month according to CBR. Reading in between the lines of Valiant’s press release, this lines up with much of what’s danced around.

Writer Steve Foxe announced on Twitter that Archer & Armstrong Forever #4 would be the last issue of the series. Not the original plan, the series was solicited through #6. According to Foxe, “plans changed” leading to the unfinished series.

With that series no longer being released, Valiant’s next release will be Blooshot Unleahsed, an adults-only series from writer Deniz Camp and artist Jon Davis-Hunt. It’ll come to shops on September 21st with issues coming out monthly. It’s planned for four issues.

That means the recently released Book of Shadows will be pushed back. The first issue from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Vicente Cifuentes was released in July. The next issue won’t see print until January 2023, a six month gap. X-O Manowar Unconquered by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Liam Sharp will then launch in March 2023. That comic was originally scheduled for December 2022.

Also awaiting release is Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth, an original graphic novel Kickstarted in December and expected to be released in November 2022. That project raised a little over $55,000 from 531 individuals and the latest update said the graphic novel was on schedule. This was before the recent issues which has caused individuals to go to the comments of the project voicing their concerns.

The publisher seems to be having a rough time of late finding its footing. Staff has left and the company itself has dipped its toes into the digital world with NFTs and other “get rich quick” pivots. Licensing has increased with shoes and an upcoming toy line but from the outside it looks to be a company attempting to find its way throwing darts and seeing what lands.

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