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Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #6

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Story by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RAGS MORALES
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by MARK TEXEIRA
Cover C by  DEAN HASPIEL
Pre-order Edition Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale April 24, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

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! Writers Eliot Rahal (QUANTUM AND WOODY!) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld) continue to declassify Bloodshot’s origin in this action-packed series, featuring the return of Valiant artist Rags Morales (GEOMANCER, Action Comics)!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #6

Preview: Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #2

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #2

Vita Ayala (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Ken Lashley (c)

After her latest defeat, Chandra feels broken as events of the past continue to haunt her, and a familiar foe seizes the opportunity to strike! Will Ajani’s heroic intervention be enough to help her overcome the threat and stop her from traveling farther down a self-destructive path?

Rising star writer Vita Ayala and powerhouse artist Harvey Tolibao continue to expand the bounds of the Multiverse in the first Magic: The Gathering® series in nearly five years!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #2

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

At last, the ruthless minds of Project Rising Spirit believe they’ve found a way to secure the Bloodshot asset…or have they? In this world of fabricated memories, there’s no way to tell who can be trusted…and who even exists at all!

Aside from unfavourable comparisons to Jeff Lemire’s run, and the Bloodshot series before that, which I have mentioned in every review of this series thus far (and am probably beating the dead horse at this point), there really wasn’t anything in this comic that garnered any sort of emotional response from me. It was honestly just a boring issue.

Personal feelings on the prologue nature of the comic aside (because even though I know how this ends up, new readers may not – and this isn’t a series designed only for those with extensive familiarity with Bloodshot), this just wasn’t a very engaging story. Bloodshot deals with another flashback, then gets thrown into a mission. There’s a few character building moments with the supporting cast in between these moments, but they feel both forced and flat. There’s about as much character here as an old Jean Claude Van Dam film; whether we’re supposed to care about these characters or not, I don’t know, but the page is open next to me and I can’t remember their names (and have no desire to go look them up).

Artistically, the books seems… less than polished. Whether it’s the artistic team not working in a cohesive state (which isn’t unexpected given the number of folks involved), or that the art team are trying to over compensate for the characterless script, the end result is that we get pages that are serviceable. Nothing special, but serviceable, which is a touch disappointing given the talent within the creative team.

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3 gives us yet another variation of Bloodshot’s origin and his memory implants which does lead to a somewhat amusing Man-Out-Of-Time scenario, but that’s not nearly enough to elevate the comic into being a must buy. At the end of the day, there’s just not enough here to earn my recommendation, which has been consistent for the last two issues. There’s a reason that this series has fallen off my pull list.

Story: Kevin Grevious
Breakdowns: Ken Lashley Finishes: Oliver Borges and Ryan Winn
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 5.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #3

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #3

Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by KEN LASHLEY, OLIVER BORGES, RYAN WINN
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
Pre-Order Edition Cover by KEN LASHLEY

At last, the ruthless minds of Project Rising Spirit believe they’ve found a way to secure the Bloodshot asset…or have they? In this world of fabricated memories, there’s no way to tell who can be trusted…and who even exists at all!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #3

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

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #2

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #2

Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by LEIF JONES
Variant Cover by LEONARDO MANCO

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?

Celebrated writer Kevin Grevioux (The Underworld franchise, New Warriors) and acclaimed artist Ken Lashley (X-Men) deliver a powerful blow to the freshly rewritten psyche of Valiant’s larger-than-life legend!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 19th

Preview: Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1

Vita Ayala (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Ken Lashley (c)

The boundless multiverse of Magic: The Gathering returns to comics!

In the wake of tragedy, Planeswalker and pyromancer Chandra Nalaar strikes out on her own. On her journey, she’ll have to fight against threats both old and new, as well as her own sense of guilt. Can she overcome all of that alone? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #2’s Explosive Colored Pages, Out in December!

Valiant has revealed the first look at colored pages from Bloodshot Rising Spirit #2, the next installment in an action-packed series that uncovers Bloodshot’s never-before-told origin!

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?

On December 19th, celebrated writer Kevin Grevioux and acclaimed artist Ken Lashley deliver a powerful blow to the freshly rewritten psyche of Valiant’s larger-than-life legend featuring covers by Felipe Massafera, Leif Jones, and Leonardo Manco!

Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 Sells Out and Returns with a Second Printing on December 19

Valiant has announced that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 – the first issue of the pulse-pounding origin series by Kevin Grevioux, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, and artist Ken Lashley – has sold out at the distributor level and will return to stores everywhere with the Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 Second Printing on December 19th, 2018!

Surpassing previous sales records forBloodshot (2012)  #1,BloodshotReborn #1, and Bloodshot Salvation #1, Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 has already ascended to the ranks of Valiant’s most celebrated titles as the highest-selling Bloodshot series in the modern era!

On December 19th, find out why fans and critics hail Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 as a tour de force premiere for the next essential Valiant series, documenting Project Rising Spirit’s path to creating the perfect instrument of destruction.

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