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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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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!
The expansive tapestry that makes up the world of Heroes Reborn continues to be revealed! Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness’ incredible new take on the Marvel Universe where the Avengers never assembled and the Squadron Supreme took their place as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes starts in May. But that’s only the beginning. On sale in June, this unpredictable story marches to its startling climax in Heroes Reborn #5-7 as the history and future of this new world is unveiled. The issues feature covers by Leinil Francis Yu.
In Heroes Reborn #5, witness a riot at the Ravencroft Asylum! Nighthawk must descend alone into a realm of madness, surrounded by the most deranged members of his notorious rogues’ gallery, including his archenemy, the maniacal Goblin. Featuring additional art by R.M. Guera.
Heroes Reborn #6 will turn the spotlight on the fabled daughter of Utopia Isle known as Power Princess. She’s defeated the All-Gog, Gorr the God Butcher and the King in Black, but now she must venture into the ruins of Asgard, where something unexplained is stirring in the graveyard of the gods. It features additional art by Erica D’Urso.
And the matchup you’ve been waiting for arrives in Heroes Reborn #7! Together they ended the Kree/Skrull war, defeated Dr. Doom in his Secret War, and even endured their own civil war between Hyperion and Nighthawk, but now the Squadron Supreme of America faces their greatest challenge yet: a mysterious new group of troublemakers called the Avengers. Aaron Kuder provides additional art.
June will also bring a series of new Heroes Reborn one-shots from all-star creative teams!
This is the Squadron’s world, and the age of vigilantes is over. Police Commissioner Luke Cage has one job: Find the scum and eliminate them – before ambition takes them beyond the city streets. Backed by the Squadron Supreme, Commissioner Cage takes care of criminals who’ve escaped justice inHeroes Reborn: American Knights by writer Paul Grist and artist Christopher Allen. Chris Sprouse provides the cover.
Meet Nightbird in Heroes Reborn: Night-Gwen by writer Vita Ayala and artist Farid Karami. By day, Dr. Gwendolyn Stacy is Ravencroft Asylum’s leading psychiatrist. But by night, she dons the guise of the vigilante known as Nightbird! But how did this happen? Why did this happen? And what does Kyle Richmond, the Nighthawk, have to do with it? It features a cover by David Nakayama.
Writer Tim Seeley and artist Dan Jurgens bring you a tale from the Squadron’s past in Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action! Years ago, Nighthawk and his trusted partner, the Falcon, patrolled the streets of Washington, DC, from the vile criminals that lurked in the dark. But that all changed one fateful night… Re-presenting for the first time ever: the Night Sam Wilson Died! With a cover by Dave Johnson.
Elektra leads a team of the world’s deadliest heroes and villains in Heroes Reborn: Squadron Savage written by Ethan Sacks and drawn by Luca Pizzari! There are some threats that require a more savage approach than the Squadron Supreme of America can offer. For those missions, the Department of Defense has put together a team consisting of Elektra, the Punisher, Crossbones, Cloak and the enigmatic new character, Murder Hornet. The cover is by Stephen Segovia.
Finally, the Squadron Supreme protects and defends the interests of America but where does that leave a country like Canada? Who will stand up and protect them from the supremacy of the Squadron? Meet Weapon X & Final Flight by Ed Brisson and artist Roland Boschi. They’re the best there is at what they do! Featuring a cover by Tony Daniel.
See all the covers now and stay tuned for even more exciting Heroes Reborn news coming your way, including the reveal of the epic double-sized finale issue!
Vault Comics has announced that Caroline Leigh Layne is the new regular artist on the hit ongoing series, Money Shot. Layne’s run on the sexy sci-fi series will debut with Money Shot #11, the beginning of the series’ third arc.
NEW ARC! NEW THRILLS! With a founding member on the outs, Chris seeks a replacement, and finds it in Dr. Yazaman Blanco, whose research might literally save the Earth, and whose hotness might melt the ice caps. But, when a mission to a ruined planet goes south, does she have what it takes to get the money shot?
Co-written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie, colored by Kurt Michael Russell, lettered by Crank, and designed by Tim Daniel,Money Shot is sexy sci-fi comedy, set in a near-future where space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device with a big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage —intimately—with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in a story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind—and money.
Money Shot #11 hits store shelves on May 26th, 2021.
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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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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Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Freddie E. Williams II Colorist: Jeremy Colwell Letterer: Marshall Dillon Cover: Freddie E. Williams II w/ Jeremy Colwell Incentive cover: Tyler Walpole $4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 3.17.2021
Welcome to the high fantasy world of Tangea! A land where wizards and warriors battle dragons in dark dank dungeons! Where thieves pillage ancient ruins and priests answer the audible words of their great gods!
Welcome to Chicago, Illinois! Where the magical items from Tangea are being traded on the black market and are messing everything up.
Now, a group of Tangea adventurers must go undercover in our modern world to stop artifacts and monsters from falling into the wrong hands. But how will they fare in a world without wizards and warriors? A world without heroes?
From Tim Seeley (DARK RED, BRILLIANT TRASH) and Freddie E. Williams II (HeMan/Thundercats, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) comes BEQUEST, a real-world fantasy tale.
Each issue of BEQUEST has 24 pages of story and art and cardboard stock covers!
Written by TIM SEELEY Art by PEDRO ANDREO Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by ADELSO CORONA, ANDREW DALHOUSE Cover Bby 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.
Written by: Tim Seeley, Bengal, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely, John Ridley Art by: Olivier Coipel, Bengal, Nick Dragotta, Bilquis Evely
The mythology of Batman continues to expand in this issue of Batman Black and White as we explore alternate takes and possible futures for the Caped Crusader from the minds of comics’ most innovative and creative thinkers! • Academy Award-winning writer John Ridley and iconic Thor and Avengers artist Olivier Coipel reteam to dip into the world of Future State and expand the legend of the next Batman and introduce us to his new-well, she’s not exactly Robin! • Bilquis Evely, Eisner Award-nominated artist of The Sandman Universe’s The Dreaming and Wonder Woman, writes and draws a tale that takes the myth of Batman to a medieval realm of knights and sorcery. In this vision of Batman, the Dark Knight is a real knight-and he must save a community from a dryad known as Ivy! • Nick Dragotta, co-creator of East of West, makes his DC writing debut with a tale that looks at a post apocalyptic future where a giant Batman-like robot rampages through what’s left of Gotham City. • Celebrated co-writer of Grayson and writer of Nightwing Tim Seeley returns to his horror roots with one of comics’ most legendary Batman and horror artists, Kelley Jones, to show us a Gotham cursed to be forever haunted by Batman! • Bengal, international comics luminary and co-creator of Death or Glory, returns to DC to tell a story expressing Batman’s admiration for his father and how he once protected Gotham City.