4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

Event\Storyline: 4001 A.D. Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 8, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
8.6Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

Once upon a time...in the year 4001 A.D...
Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison...but, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more. But the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute...but what could they possibly want? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous machine-man called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?
The future starts now as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) bring Bloodshot barreling into the 41st century of the Valiant Universe with an all-new, standalone tale at the epicenter of 4001 A.D.!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Jun 8, 2016

    4001 AD Bloodshot is a book that I can let consume my soul and my wallet. I kinda have a thing with post-apocalypse/futuristic dystopia stories. Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite have given me that in a stunning way. All of the action and underlying story make this book very interesting, along with its great main character. With all that has happened, I'm still not sure if Bloodshot is gonna fight a good fight, turn to the dark side, or stay neutral on whatever conflict is happening. Maybe this isn't that kind of story. Whatever happens is fine with me because its pretty epic so far. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Jun 8, 2016

    This issue doesn't feel as connected to the rest of the 4001 AD story as everything else that's been put out so far does, but based on the ending that could change. Either way this was a good read and I highly recommend it. Maybe my favourite single issue Valiant has put out this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jun 9, 2016

    This one shot does so much with so little. The pacing is wonderful. The story was excellent. The art is beautiful. There is a lot of characterization while dealing with the themes of putting your past behind you and moving forward. It's very powerful. Lemire, Braithwaite and Reber adds not only to 4001 A.D., but to the character of Bloodshot. It is a very rich ending and new beginning all in one comic. It's a triumph that will only make readers want more. And I'm looking forward to more of Bloodshot of 4001. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Robert Franco Jun 13, 2016

    Doug Braithwaite's art matches Jeff Lemire's writing word for panel. The layout alone is impressive with fractured distorted viewpoints that contain elaborate sequences of destruction. Bloodshot's design is really cool too. His red mesh/nanite body with a rising-sun hole in his chest is quite unique. Every character, especially their face, seems painstakingly drawn with minute detail. It's a wonderful book to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jun 9, 2016

    If you're reading 4001 A.D.this tie-in has a window into the consequences ofFather‘s actions (he's dismantling New Japan – a sattelite country that orbits the Earth), and is certainly worth a look.If you're not following4001 A.D.you should still read this comic; it's probably the best4001 A.D.comic released so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jun 8, 2016

    Valiant's summer event just keeps spilling out riches, and this Bloodshot chapter may just be the best part yet. Not only has Jeff delivered a truly touching self-contained story (don't worry folks, there is plenty of ass-kicking too), but he's setup the character in the 4001 A.D. universe proper. The implications of this are exciting, we have Geomancer, The Eternal Warrior, and now a new Bloodshot firmly ensconced in Rai's world. Suddenly our future seems just a little bit brighter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Jun 28, 2016

    Overall, this book was amazing. Every facet of Jeff's scripts were concise: the plot, dialogue, world building, and exposition. Coupling that with Doug's gorgeous line work, and Brian's stunning colors this issue easily takes home 4.5 out of 5 stars. That being said, get this book. And the rest of 4001 A.D. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jun 6, 2016

    4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 is an entertaining and deeply satisfying story. This is a great companion piece to this summers 4001 event and to the mythos surrounding Bloodshot. It gives readers an ending they need as well as a new beginning they will want. Beautifully illustrated and colored, this book will be a standout in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 8, 2016

    4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 does a solid job in expanding the world of 4001 A.D. while paying homage to a beloved character. Despite taking place outside of New Japan, the initial connection to the events in the 4001 A.D. series is enough to provide context to the events surrounding the new Bloodshot. And there's plenty of action, as to be expected, but the real gem is the final mission, which is a culmination of the journey of discovery throughout the issue. So now I'm hoping there are more opportunities for Bloodshot to make an appearance in the world of 4001 A.D. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 13, 2016

    While this book may not have been written for a guy interested in seeing what all this Bloodshot hype is all about, I'll definitely be back to check up on the title going forward.  Jeff Lemire can't write a dud and Doug Braithwaite and Brian Reber make it all so nice to look at.  I fully realize that this is and event book for Valiant and Bloodshot fans in the know, but I liked it enough to tell anyone interested to give it a shot.   Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jun 7, 2016

    Perhaps the coda that Fall of Bloodshot needed, shows some interesting potential for the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Jun 8, 2016

    It all adds up to what feels like a very complete, generally satisfying science fiction story. However, as a tie-in to this year's Valiant event, 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is inessential. Read Full Review

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