Advance Review: Bloodshot #1
Jul 10, 2012 by     14 Comments    Posted In: Reviews

New Valiant LogoMy anticipation for this issue was high when I initially heard Valiant would be relaunching Bloodshot. In the few months since that announcement, we have been treated to two other relaunched titles in X-O Manowar and Harbinger. Both of those titles have gone far beyond my expectations, and if that were all Valiant had planned to this point, I would be a happy camper. But, here we are. Bloodshot has arrived. Will it stand up to all the hype Valiant has amassed behind it? Well, like it or not, I’ll give you my honest opinion!

To start, I read a lot of comics, I mean A LOT. I’m definitely over saturated as any crazy comic book fanatic would be. I’m less patient now with mediocre efforts, and have strayed away from the blatant money drains that company crossovers have become. They used to fool me…I’ll admit it…that buying a copy of She-Hulk #31 would somehow further the whole story. Not anymore! I’m choosing to invest my time and efforts in to good storytelling, which Valiant is doing. Valiant is capitalizing on what has become a flooded market of flat effort, because they have something to prove.

Arturo Lozzi CoverMarvel has become a bit of a crap machine for me. Frankly, I think they are cocky about the fact that we will buy their issues because we’re “Marvel Zombies.” We will take what they print despite quality because “he’s my favorite character” or “I’ve got to own all the issues in the series!” I implore you to stop this nonsense. Stop investing your money in crap and pick up a copy of anything Valiant has to offer right now. Say it with me, I VOW TO NOT BE A MARVEL ZOMBIE.

Like I said, Valiant is trying to prove something here. They aren’t counting on everyone buying their books “just because.” No blockbuster movies or high profile creators on staff. They only have quality storytelling and art along with a bit of legacy. Arguably that legacy is built on not quite reached potential of it’s run in the 1990’s. I’m here to tell you that that potential is finally being realized. Oh hey, speaking of the 90’s, check out this interview I did with original Bloodshot co-creator Kevin VanHook!

Bloodshot #1, written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi, has EXPLODED onto the scene! I’ve poured over and over the pages of this issue, and I seriously can’t find anything glaringly bad to say. From the inside-cover bio to the final page I was completely taken in. The bio gives a sweet summary of what Bloodshot is all about, and then immediately throws us into the fray. What motivates Bloodshot to do what he does? Is he man or machine? Is he a force for good or intended for evil? It’s complicated, but compelling storytelling fodder. I believe Swierczynski has hit a home run.

The pencil’s start with Arturo Lozzi before Bloodshot’s mission, and end when he joins the fight with Manuel Garcia. Lozzi’s style is bright, peppy, and smooth, perfect for the happy moments before the stark reality that is Bloodshot’s life. When Garcia takes over we almost instantly get a taste of the brutality that will be commonplace for our tortured hero as he is hit dead on with a MISSLE. I promise you folks, it only gets worse after that. Normally, I get a little annoyed with split art duties. Here it makes sense. Yes, if either of these artists did the whole issue I still would have loved it. The decision to contrast the two moods of the book with two artists? Genius.

This week I implore you to leave that crossover leaching copy of AVX #4 with it’s 15 pages of ads on the shelf, and instead give Bloodshot #1 a read. Don’t be a Marvel Zombie.

Art: 10
Script: 10
Parental Concern: Some language and a massive amount of blood and guts. It’ll scar your kids for life.

Bloodshot #1 will be available at your local comic book store on July 11, 2012.

I’m a comic book loving fool who runs on geek energy. You’ll find me writing the weekly Kickstarter Spotlight, the occasional interview and entering weekly releases into the StashMyComics database. Follow me on Twitter @ChipReece.

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  • Chip Reece July 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I should say…I was maybe a little harsh on Marvel…there is some good stuff. STILL, skip SOMETHING from Marvel this week and get this book!!!!


  • Tim Morse July 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Not at all, Chip. The only good things coming out of Marvel right now, for me anyway, are Winter Soldier and Daredevil. Dan Slott is doing good work on Spider-Man, but it’s not reached amazing potential.

    I would recommend Valiant to anybody, simply for story alone. The stories in all their titles are so rich and full of life, that’s it’s what it should have been in the 90’s.

    Any comic fan should give this a try, and I garuntee that you’ll see them drop one of the big 2’s titles for one of Valiants. They’re that good.


  • Jason Newcomb July 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    “Stop investing your money in crap”

    Words to live by.


  • Chip Reece July 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    @Tim: I definitly had DD in mind. And, I’ve heard good things about Winter Soldier. AND, yes Valiant stories are so RICH. My excitement for Valiant’s relaunch has eclipsed DC’s tenfold.

    @Jason: You bet!


  • MattB July 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Didn’t realize Duane was writing this. Very cool, I’m loving Birds of Prey so I’ll have to give this a “shot” too. See what I did there?


  • Leo Johnson July 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I can’t wait to read this! X-O and Harbinger are already so good. I can’t wait for this.


  • Chip Reece July 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    @Matt: LOL! That’s “pun-ee!”

    @Leo: Promise, you will not be disappointed!


  • Jason Newcomb July 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    @Matt: I did see what you did there. I wish I hadn’t though. :P


  • twoguns365 July 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I keep telling myself that I don’t need anymore added to my pull, then I read a review like that. Oh well, it’s only $$…


  • Jason Newcomb July 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I just realized you gave this a solid 10. I don’t usually read a critic’s score, I just read their review and see if it’s well articulated.

    Wow, a 10. I’ll have to look through this at the shop then.


  • Chip Reece July 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    @twoguns: That’s right! Who needs $4? :)

    @Jason: I’ll be especially curious to see what you think since you haven’t read the previous Bloodshot series right? Even so, I think this issue does everything a first issue should and more.

    FYI, got my pull list variant today at the LCS. Cover looks AWESOME.


  • Jon July 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I think the 10 rating is a little irresponsible and is certainly high. I read the comic, it is good, I’m not saying it isn’t worth a read. But when I think of a 10, that makes me think of one of the best comics I’ve ever read. This comic while good, falls short of that. I would give it a legit 8.


  • Chip Reece July 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    @Jon: Thanks for commenting! Sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, but I don’t expect it to be everyone’s cup of tea. I just think in a world of mediocre titles from DC and Marvel, people should be reading stellar material. And, in my opinion this is. What kind of stuff do you like?


  • Jon July 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I like lots of different comics, including this one. I just personally didn’t think it warranted a perfect 10 is all.