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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: Black Badge #1

Black Badge #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Kindt
Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Incentive Cover: Jeff Lemire
Unlocked Retailer Variant: John Paul Leon
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Award-nominated team behind Grass Kings, reunite for a new ongoing series about a top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions.

Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead.

A haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken.

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.

Preview: The Terrifics #6

The Terrifics #6

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Joe Bennett, Sandra Hope, Matt Santorelli (CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

No one escapes Element World! The Terrifics find themselves out of their, uh, element in a battle to save a town turned into elemental monsters. With Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific out of commission, Phantom Girl battles the Kingdom of Gas (insert joke here), while Plastic Man tries to survive the Domain of Rock by turning it up to 11. All this, and the source of the Terrifics’ terrible tragedies has one more masterstroke: Tom Strong must die!

Underrated: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado

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



bs colorado.jpgJeff 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: 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

Gideon Falls Gets a Director Cut this September

The first issue of the breakout hit, Gideon Falls, from the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man LoganNew York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Lemire and critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino—will now boast a very special Director’s Cut edition.

After selling out on multiple print runs, Lemire and Sorrentino team up to bring fans Gideon Falls #1: Director’s Cut—a must-have for enthusiasts of the hot new series. This explosive first issue will be printed in glorious black and white to showcase Sorrentino’s masterful inks and will feature Lemire’s never-before-seen first issue script.

Gideon Falls is a series that explores the lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets. At the heart of the town’s secrets is the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Gideon Falls #1: Director’s Cut (Diamond Code JUL180231) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 19th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 27th.

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!

After Descender Comes Ascender from Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

From the powerhouse creative team behind the bestselling, award-winning DescenderJeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen—launches an all new series set in the same universe, Ascender. The Descender story’s not over and this new ongoing series is set to recapture fans’ hearts and imaginations in 2019.

Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender, in Ascender the machines have gone away, and in their absence magic has reclaimed the universe. Now one girl must embark on an epic quest to find robotkind and its fabled boy messiah, TIM-21, before it’s too late…

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