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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

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7

In Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7, A rogue Project Rising Spirit agent is trying to finally show Bloodshot his true origin. Will he succeed? And Project Rising Spirit is under attack! Who will be left standing when the dust settles?

After five somewhat forgettable issues, this series is starting to find its feet. Issue #6 was a step in the right direction, and Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 continues that direction. It almost is enough to make me wish we had more than an issue left in this series. That’s quite the turnaround given I was genuinely tempted to not read the series after the third issue. That would have meant not even touching the review copies). But with the turn around in the series, possibly aided by the addition of Eliot Rahal, I found myself actually looking forward to this issue with cautious optimism.

This issue delivers what I have been hoping for from this series since the first issue. Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #7 actually has me looking forward to the next issue in this series. The comic has me finally anticipating the upcoming Bloodshot series coming later this year when Rising Spirit concludes.

There is one glaring problem with the comic. There’s an oddly distorted Bloodshot in the air from a slightly odd perspective. And that, honestly, is the only nit for me to pick here, which is a far cry from the first five issue in the series.

At the end of the day, this isn’t enough to redeem the series. Rahal will end the series on a high note if he keeps going like this.

Story: Kevin Grevious, Eliot Rahal
Art: Rags Morales and John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

B. Clay Moore Talks Valiant’s Killers with an Exclusive Look at Killers #2’s Covers

With the August comic solicits being revealed, we’ve got an exclusive look at the covers for Killers #2! Writer B. Clay Moore drops some insight as to what we can expect from this new series!

But, what is Valiant’s new series Killers?

Killers spins out of the world of Ninjak! Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by the mysterious Jonin! But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him? Each of these assassins can channel their ki in different ways, granting them incredible abilities!

Killers #1 is out July 31 from Moore, artist Fernando Dagnino, colorist José Villarrubia, and letterer Jeff Powell.

We got a chance to ask Moore some questions about the new series. After that is the reveal of Killers #2‘s covers!


Graphic Policy: Based upon the early solicits, Killers clearly takes its cues from Ninja-K. Does a reader need to be familiar with that series in order to enjoy Killers?

B. Clay Moore: No, not at all. While readers of Ninja-K will be glad to see an element of that book expanded upon, this is, for all intents and purposes, ground zero for a new group of characters.

GP: There are so many possibilities and stories to tell when it comes to MI6’s Ninja Programme. What can readers expect from Killers

BCM: An expansion on the nature of those MI6 ninjas who were trained by the Jonin, for starters. Mainly, though, Killers is an example of picking up seeds from previous stories about the Ninja Programme, and watching them grow into a related but wholly separate concept. That’s a testament to the work previous creative teams have put into fleshing out a three-dimensional world for us to plunder.

GP: Killers expands upon and delves a little deeper into some former Ninja Progamme operatives; what made you decide to go with the letters you did? What makes them stand out from each other?

BCM: Editor Karl Bollers and I sort of kicked around the eras in which we figured the various Ninjas had operated, and then examined how much information had been previously revealed about each operative. In most cases, there was a lot of room to build almost from scratch, so we took that opportunity to do so. We then constructed separate sets of abilities for each character, and then mapped out what they’ve been doing since leaving the Programme. In essence, once they’ve left the Programme behind, any similarities—beyond their killer natures—are left behind, as well. 

GP: With a cast of characters to focus on, what were you looking for as far as a gateway character?

BCM: Ninja-G, who has been fleshed out the most in the Ninja-K book, was our natural choice as a gateway character. Enough had been established to give us a solid base upon which to build, and the fact that she was a seventies-era badass was also appealing. And a relationship that had been hinted at previously became the springboard with which to launch her into the story. 

GP: Other than the operatives, will we also get a little more insight into the Ninja Programme, and the lengths they went to train their operatives?

BCM: Very much so. New revelations about the nature of that training is sort of at the heart of the book, and defines not just the characters, but also their motivation for coming together.

GP: Are there any other Ninjas you would like to explore a little more in the future?

BCM: Oh, sure. Now that we’ve established some new dynamics regarding former Programme operatives, I’d love to play a part in actively inserting other Ninjas from the past into the present. There’s still a lot of unearthed potential there. 

GP: Valiant does an excellent job of balancing the individual series and their bigger picture storyline. You can enjoy a single series or the richer story of everything. How does it work as a writer thinking about those two things?

BCM: As with the last Valiant book I wrote, Savage, I try to focus on creating something new and self-contained that still slots in logically with what we already know about the Valiant Universe. And, of course, everything is written with an eye toward how the characters we’re creating might interact with other Valiant characters in the future. With that said, I think Killers will definitely provide fodder for future stories beyond this initial title. The characters introduced here could logically find themselves tangling with any of Valiant’s heavy hitters somewhere down the road.


Check out the covers for Killers #2!

Killers #2 Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Killers #2 Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Killers #2 Cover B by SANFORD GREENE
Killers #2 Cover B by SANFORD GREENE
Killers #2 Cover C by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Killers #2 Cover C by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Killers #2 Cover D by JOHN K. SNYDER
Killers #2 Cover D by JOHN K. SNYDER III

Preview: Livewire #6

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On sale May 15th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

LIVEWIRE #6

Early Preview: Livewire #6

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On sale May 15th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

LIVEWIRE #6

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

How do you stop an unstoppable weapon?

New story arc! “A GUY NAMED RAY,” Part 1. Two of the leaders of the Bloodshot team find themselves on thin ice with their bosses at Project Rising Spirit. With little left to lose, they decide to take down PRS—and they have just the perfect weapon to use!

It’s always tough to start reading a comic in a series that has consistently failed to meet expectations, especially when that series was never one you were overly excited for or interested in. Such is the case with Bloodshot: Rising Spirit. After the last couple of issues, I was about ready to check out of the series and wait for September’s new Bloodshot series.

While I won’t say that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #6 has made me a believer in the series (I fear it’s too late for that), what I will say is that with Eliot Rahal coming on board to help with scripting duties (even though he’s not credited in the cover image above), I at least had a little faith that we’d get a stronger issue than we’d seen before – and we did.

Where issue #5 was essentially a prolonged fight scene between Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps member Gunslinger that had some cool sequences, it ultimately fell flat with the story. This issue doesn’t fall flat, and finally has some interesting sequences with Bloodshot and his struggle to adopt an identity as it’s forced upon him. The entire comic is full of condensed short stories as Bloodshot faces one identity after another, interspersed with a scientist or two commenting on the effectiveness of the new methodology of what essentially amounts to throwing shit at the wall and hoping something sticks.

If this was the first issue, then I’d be telling you to pick the series up; Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #6 is probably a better jumping on point in terms of quality than we’ve had all series – and since this prequel series takes place before Valiant’s first Bloodshot story since relaunching, you could actually just start here in conjunction with the recap and ignore the first five issues.

Overall, this represents a strong increase in the quality over previous issues – whether that’s due to Eliot Rahal and Rags Morales joining the team or not I’ll leave up to you. After the struggles the series has had thus far, it’s refreshing to see that there’s still hope that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit can end on a high note.

Story: Kevin Grevious, Eliot Rahal
Art: Rags Morales and John K. Snyder III
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Livewire #6 Gets an Extended Preview as a New Foe Appears!

To celebrate the final order cutoff of Livewire #6, Valiant has released an extended preview of the upcoming issue by writer Vita Ayala and artist Kano !

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On Sale May 15
FOC April 22

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal.

The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots.

But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 15th

LIVEWIRE #6

Exclusive Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Art: John K. Snyder III
Colors: Jason Wright
Letterer: Simon Bowland

How do you stop an unstoppable weapon?

After a search-and-rescue mission gone awry, Project Rising Spirit’s most powerful supersoldier is alone and AWOL – and only the H.A.R.D. Corps can recover their missing asset! But the team’s abilities might not be up to the task…not when they’re facing off against the untested might of the living weapon of mass destruction codenamed Bloodshot!

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #5

Preview: Eight Million Ways to Die

Eight Million Ways to Die

John K. Snyder III (w & a & c)

In crime-ravaged 1980s New York, a troubled ex-cop turned unlicensed detective takes on his most dangerous case, hunting down a serial killer-hitman, and ultimately coming face-to-face with his deadliest enemy, himself, in John K. Snyder III’s graphic novel adaptation of the celebrated story by Lawrence Block.

Steeped in traditional pulp, Block’s writing has a true gift for capturing the art of conversation between his characters. These are the lowlifes of society, for whom Block occasionally finds redemption, but who are more often among the vilest beings in human existence. Snyder’s art both encapsulates and elevates these rough-cut gems in a graphic, grainy, and moody setting that evokes the dark, noir magazine covers of the period.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 144 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-884-5

Eight Million Ways to Die Arrives This June From IDW Publishing

In crime-ravaged 1980’s New York City, troubled ex-cop-turned-unlicensed-detective Matthew Scudder takes on his most dangerous case, hunting down a serial killer-hitman and ultimately coming to face-to-face with his deadliest enemy—himself—in this graphic-novel adaptation of best-selling crime novelist Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways To Die.

Adapted in highly detailed noir fashion by Eisner-nominated artist John K. Snyder III, with letters by Frank Cvetkovic, this marks the first graphic-novel adaptation of Block’s work and his character Matthew Scudder, who has appeared in seventeen novels since his debut over four decades ago and has remained popular ever since, inspiring two feature film adaptations.

The book was originally published in 1982 and depicts New York City as it was in that time—a very violent city with an astronomical crime rate, as shown through Scudder’s eyes. A seemingly simple assignment turns into a deep mystery and trail of bodies ending in a series of life-changing (and for some, life-ending) conclusions.

A powerful new entry in the IDW library following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking Parker series, Eight Million Ways To Die is now available for pre-order and will go on sale June 2018.

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