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Bloodshot #1
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by

This month the Valiant Universe sees the return of Bloodshot.


Published by: Valiant
Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Penciled by: Manuel Garcia w/ Arturo Lozzi
Inked by: Stefano Gaudino
Colored by: Ian Hannin
Lettered by: Rob Steen
Cover by: A- Arturo Lozzi; B- Mico Suayan; C- David Aja; D- Esad Ribic
Assistant Editor: Josh Johns
Associate Editor: Jody LeHeup
Executive Editor: Warren Simons

I didn’t read much of Bloodshot in the original Valiant universe, but figured I’d give it a shot with this relaunch.

Duane (that last name is a pain to spell) chooses an interesting way to open up the series. But it works. We get a good look at Bloodshot’s abilities as well as the mess that the government puts him through. We know nothing about the man, we just now that he gets programmed with a family in order to make carrying out his mission easier. To give him motivation, they give him a personal reason to make the mission happen.

Beyond just telling us, showing us, who Bloodshot is, Duane is also able to set the direction of the opening act. There’s the government, using Bloodshot, and there’s Dr. Kuretich who wants to set Bloodshot free, but only to get what’s in his head. Not a good place for Bloodshot to be, between those two, and it looks like the opening arc will be Bloodshot getting free.

The script is solid. Not much personality given to Bloodshot, but enough to start forming an opinion.

An interesting way to open up the series, but good enough to make me want to come back for more.

The art by Garcia and Lozzi is very nice. There’s some really good imagery, like the dead body on the table, throughout the issue and fight scenes are well done. A little bit of extra gore here and there, but overall good art.

Bloodshot #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

4 Responses
    • I haven’t read my Bloodshot yet, but it had two great looking covers. I had trouble deciding which I wanted. I ultimately picked him bleeding the American flag but the other was a nice ode to the classic Bloodshot cover.

      Sounds like a medias res introduction which can be cool. I’m not always a fan of too much back story and explanation in the first issue although waiting 180 issues like Savage Dragon did is a tad excessive.

      Your review seems more favorable than your score indicates but I can’t wait to read this one when it comes up on my nightstand reading stack. 

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