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Review: Shadowman #5

Shadowman #5

I first read this book around Halloween last year which was probably the first treat I’ve received around that date in…. oh far longer than I care to think about. Although if I’m honest I only went trick or treating the once when I was around 14 because it wasn’t a thing that we did in my home town (which was in England, where Halloween wasn’t celebrated the same way as it is in the US and Canada twenty odd years ago – it may still not be as big a deal, but I haven’t lived there in fifteen years so I don’t honestly know). Regardless, when I read the early version of Valiant’s Shadowman #5, I was pretty damn excited.

Shadowman #5 kicks off the Deadside War, something we’ve seen writer and horror extraordinaire Cullen Bunn build toward over the previous four issues of Shadowman. What I found interesting, and kinda cool, was how Bunn used the dialogue between Alyssa and Jack to gently remind readers of the events in previous issues as it has been some time between the fourth and fifth issues (at least three months given that I read a rough version of this back in October and forgot to review it).

Of course, being an early version, the colouring work of Jordie Bellaire hadn’t been applied to the pages, so I didn’t get to see the finished product until this week. It was a long wait, I won’t lie, but it was well worth it.

The comic, written by Bunn, with art by Pedro Andreo and colors by Jordie Bellaire, is by far and wide the best thing Valiant has published in a while, but it’s also among the very best of comics that are coming out right now. For my money (and despite getting review copies, I’m still buying this) Shadowman tops everything being published right now. It’s hard for me to overstate how much I love this book, and even harder to stay away from too much hyperbolic wording, but flipping through this book will give you an idea. Andreo’s art in this comic is breathtaking, and while no small part of that is because of Bellaire, Andreo gives the colourist a great base to build from as she plays with layers of subtle colouring and shades to pull your eyes across the page.

I’m also super happy that Cullen Bunn is back; his approach with Shadowman’s character has been remarkably enjoyable. Despite this being a fifth issue, you’re still able to pick it up and enjoy the story even with only minor knowledge as to who the character is because of how Bunn frames the story within the comic. There’s a little bit of politicking involved, a bit of action, and a good chunk of intrigue. More than anything, however, is the sense that there’s a little more than we see going on. It’s almost uneasy, and it works to keep you paying attention.

If you’ve never read a Shadowman comic, then this is a better place than most to start what has been one of Valiant’s better series in recent years. Shadowman #5 is simply amazing in every way. There’s not much else to be said.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Pedro Andreo
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.7 Art: 10 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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The Deadside War Begins in January in Shadowman #5

Terror takes over the Valiant Universe this January…

The critically-acclaimed series Shadowman will unleash part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman #5, a gripping horror storyline that will unfold within the pages of Shadowman for four issues and feature the eagerly anticipated return of fan-favorite character Punk Mambo.

Jack Boniface is Shadowman, the brave and powerful supernatural protector who keeps humanity safe from the deadly creatures that dwell within the dimension known as the Deadside. When more and more of these nightmarish creatures start clawing into the world of the living, Jack won’t be able to stand alone against the global threat.

Rising star artist Pedro Andreo joins writer Cullen Bunn for a haunting story that brings horror to new heights blending in energetic action sequences.

Every new chapter of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman will feature a primary cover by Jon Davis-Hunt, a new Horror Movie Homage variant cover, and a pre-order cover. See below for the SHADOWMAN #5 covers featuring artwork by Davis-Hunt, Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, and Adam Pollina.

Part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman #5 will kick off The Year of Valiant, a year-long celebration of Valiant throughout 2022 featuring new launches, new creators, and the return of more fan-favorite characters.

The Year of Valiant Begins in 2022 with a Year Long Celebration

The Valiant Universe is about to expand.

The Year of Valiant will be a year-long celebration of Valiant throughout 2022, consisting of new launches with new creators, the return of fan-favorite characters, the formation of new teams, and the Valiant characters exploring beyond traditional publishing methods. To celebrate the announcement, Valiant Entertainment is incredibly proud to showcase its universe with exciting new artwork from acclaimed creators Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto.

The Year of Valiant Teaser

The Year of Valiant kicks off with the return of the critically-acclaimed series Shadowman in January. The first chapter of ‘Deadside War’, an epic horror storyline that will see the return of Punk Mambo and other familiar faces from the Valiant Universe, will begin in Shadowman #5 on January 19th from the master of horror Cullen Bunn, rising star artist Pedro Andreo, and Eisner-nominated creators Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles.

Shadowman #5

More announcements about new launches from The Year of Valiant will arrive in the coming months!

Preview: Ninjak #4

NINJAK #4

Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by BENI LOBEL & JAVIER PULIDO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover B by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Pre-order Cover by PEDRO ANDREO
On sale OCTBER 13th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 4 of “Daylight!”

The truth revealed. Nowhere left to run. A formidable foe strikes first.

The stunning final chapter of Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido’s explosive first story arc.

NINJAK #4

Review: Bloodshot #12

Bloodshot #12

The finale of The Last Shot, and by extension the current run of Bloodshot #12 finally gives us the confrontation between Bloodshot and Rampage Harmony that we’ve been waiting for since Bloodshot Salvation teased us with the possibility years ago (it probably feels longer than it is because of the last year, honestly). Was it worth the wait?

Read on, and we’ll find out together!*

*well, you’ll find out – I already know.

To quote myself from the review of Bloodshot #11: “When it comes to the content and feel of this issue, and indeed the arc itself, I’d be willing to put money on the fact that One Last Shot was originally set to come out a lot closer to the release of the 2020 Bloodshot movie, as the arc feels in some ways as a pseudo sequel to the Vin Diesel movie told through the eyes of the Valiant comic universe. But with the delays caused by Covid 19 and the effective shutdown of the comics industry for a few months (not to mention Valiant’s still-reduced publishing schedule), things haven’t worked out that way.” I repeat this, because it’s worth noting that this book likely having been written and finished months ago means that the mob/riot/protest scenes glimpsed in this issue (but shown in more detail the last issue) have an eerie familiarity to the scenes in January. That familiarity adds a weight to the story that it may otherwise not quite have – whether this will be a timeless story or a story of the time remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a check in the right column for me when I read the comic today.

Bloodshot #12 is written by Tim Seeley, features art by Pedro Andreo, colours by the ever reliable Andrew Dalhouse and lettering by Dave Sharpe.

Sharpe’s lettering is going to be overlooked because the man is constant; never doing anything to break you from the book, rather doing everything right in keeping your eye moving across the page – often pulling your eye to parts of Andreo’s art without ever obscuring it. Andreo gives the comic a really interesting flavour; the relative newcomer’s art is kinetic and easy to follow – the drawbacks I noted last issue were nowhere to be found here. The artists get to flourish within Seeley’s story, making some great use of the white space between the panels as Bloodshot and Harmony fight their way across half a dozen pages in the comic. It wasn’t the fight that I was expecting, but it was still a satisfying conclusion that builds upon threads Seeley had left throughout the series. I won’t spoil what exactly happens, but it did leave me satisfied all things considered (of course I’d have loved to have a few more pages of the fight, but there’d have been no real way to elongate that scene without taking away the balance of the comic itself unless the main story in the comic was longer…).

Seeley wraps up this series with Bloodshot #12 satisfactorily. He pulls on aspects of Lemire’s run without revealing specifics, which is perfect if you’ve yet to read those issues after getting a taste of Bloodshot with Seeley’s run. It was a solid run, albeit one that was certainly impacted by the shifting release schedule, but I think it was a step in the right direction for the character, aligning the comics with the movie whilst still entertaining the hell out of me. I’m curious where the character will be headed in the future – and we won’t gave long to wait, all things considered, as Bloodshot will return in 2022.

I can’t wait.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Bloodshot #12

BLOODSHOT #12

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by PEDRO ANDREO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ADELSO CORONA
Cover B by JIMBO SALGADO
Preorder Variant Cover by JIM TOWE
Backup Written by BENNY POTTER
Backup Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Backup Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Backup Letters by DAVE SHARPE
On sale MARCH 10th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

“One Last Shot” has a final epic battle!

Will Bloodshot and his team be able to stop one of his greatest villains from obtaining Project Rising Spirit’s most insidious weapon?

It’s the jaw-dropping conclusion to the series by best-selling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo!

BLOODSHOT #12

Review: Bloodshot #11

Bloodshot #11

Bloodshot #11 sees the villain Rampage explain everything that happened since 2018’s Bloodshot Salvation series. He had lost his ability to access his nanites but upon stumbling upon a political rally and feeling that he needed God’s help, he’s struck by lightning and the nanites were back under his control. This issue also sees Bloodshot, KT and Wiggins infiltrate an underwater server farm where they’re attacked by a cybernetic villain. Rampage, who is now calling himself Harmony, stepped up his game and took control of Bloodshot’s comrades and had them attack him.

I thought the art was the stronger aspect of Bloodshot #11 and I really like the style of Pedro Andreo. He’s got a good amount of detail mixed with what feels like a bit of a manga twist. I thought Coupled with colors by Andrew Dalhouse, the pages inside Bloodshot look pretty great. This issue had a few action sequences that visually, really stood out. Dave Sharpe‘s lettering is always on-point.

The story was alright. Rampage, explaining his story to someone off-panel, felt rushed. And while most of the Bloodshot material felt like it flowed at a standard pace, once Rampage showed up to take control, it again had a weird pace, like something was amiss. That said, I have really enjoyed KT and Wigins, who originally appeared in 2020’s Bloodshot movie. I do think Bloodshot benefits from having a supporting cast. Also, Tim Seeley has done a superb job of injecting a small bit of humor into Bloodshot’s personality, making him more than just an emotionless gun.

There’s just one issue left of this run of Bloodshot. I’m hoping for a big fight between Bloodshot and Rampage, although I had those same hopes when Salvation was ending, only to not get it. That said, Bloodshot #11 has something really cool going on with the art, although the story needs just a bit of work.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5

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Review: Bloodshot #11

Bloodshot #11

With the second chapter of The Last Shot, Bloodshot #11 we’re reintroduced to Rampage as Bloodshot and his team try to shut down another nefarious plot from Project Rising Spirit (I didn’t paste that from the preview text, because it was really brief, and I wanted to use the word nefarious).

When it comes to the content and feel of this issue, and indeed the arc itself, I’d be willing to put money on the fact that One Last Shot was originally set to come out a lot closer to the release of the 2020 Bloodshot movie, as the arc feels in some ways as a pseudo sequel to the Vin Diesel movie told through the eyes of the Valiant comic universe. But with the delays caused by Covid 19 and the effective shutdown of the comics industry for a few months (not to mention Valiant’s still-reduced publishing schedule), things haven’t worked out that way.

Writer Tim Seeley takes what worked from the movie (the interplay between Bloodshot, Wiggins and KT) and weaves it into the comics landscape, bringing elements of Lemire’s run in with references back to specific issues. Honestly, it’s refreshing to see that Seeley is taking this approach – one of Valiant’s strengths has always been its universe’s connected continuity, and while at times that can wane a little, Seeley with Bloodshot has found a balance that allows his unique voice to shine without erasing what came before.

There’s a lot of hacking in Bloodshot #11 in one form or another, and that kinda suits a comic about a superhero running on machines, but it also gives Bloodshot and his team a guerilla warfare feel as they take on a much larger and arguably more powerful opponent in Project Rising Spirit (who are almost comically evil at this point).

Pedro Andreo‘s art in the opening pages is really good. Seeley updates us on where Rampage has been since we last saw him, and Andreo’s art helps those few pages deliver a lot more information via visual cues than you’d expect from three pages (this was another book where I had thought that the comic was finished at the mid point – Seeley isn’t afraid to pack the book with content). Bloodshot #11 showcases Andreo’s story telling versatility and willingness to play with the traditional panels and borders, though his tendency to have characters break the confines of the panel is used well for the most part, the cohesion is lost a little toward the end of the comic as the backgrounds tend to be less detailed in what I think is an effort increase the pace of the story – I understand the choice, but the speed increase did leave me a touch lost (though I freely admit this could also be because I got distracted watching hockey while reading the comic for a few minutes).

Seeley abd Andreo are joined by colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe, who add some visual flair to the comic; Dalhouse keeps to a colour palette that emphasizes the shadowy conflicts within the book, and Sharpe adds some panache to the panels with the sound effects popping from the page (I often find that letters get the short end of the stick far too often – when they do their job well you don’t notice because it’s seamless, but you can notice when they don’t do their job well).

Bloodshot #11, the penultimate chapter in the current arc before the series goes on hiatus, is another enjoyable book that gives fans what they’ve come to expect from Seeley’s run with the character; a fun, fast paced story that never quite gives you time to breathe (until it does). Honestly, this isn’t my favorite Bloodshot story, but I’m still really enjoying it all the same.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Pedro Andreo
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Bloodshot #11

BLOODSHOT #11

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by PEDRO ANDREO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ADELSO CORONA, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover B by LEONARDO MANCO
Preorder Variant Cover by BRENT PEEPLES
On Sale February 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

“One Last Shot” fires away as Bloodshot and his crew hunt down the resurrected Project Rising Spirit!

Bestselling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo push the one-man army to a pulse-pounding point of no return.

BLOODSHOT #11

Exclusive Preview: Bloodshot #11

We have an exclusive first look at Bloodshot #11 from writer Tim Seeley, art by Pedro Andreo, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. Covers are by Adelso Corona and Leonardo Manco.

“One Last Shot” fires away as Bloodshot and his crew hunt down the resurrected Project Rising Spirit!

Featuring the appearance of a classic Bloodshot villain

Best-Selling writer Tim Seeley and rising star Pedro Andreo push the one-man army to a pulse-pounding point of no return.

Bloodshot #11 is on sale February 24.

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