Bloodshot: Reborn #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mico Suayan, Jeff Lemire Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 13
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and red-hot rising star Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight), VALIANT NEXT delivers an all-new ongoing series for Valiant's most unrelenting hero!

Bloodshot's nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit - a private contractor trafficking in violence - very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in selfimposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nea more

  • 10
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Apr 15, 2015

    This is simply one of the best first issues that has come out this year. It establishes our main character well while looking at his past and facing his own future. Lemire and Suayan present a comic for the ages in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Apr 16, 2015

    I can't wait for the next issue. This amazing! Pick it up! You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Apr 14, 2015

    Bloodshot Rebornis a starting point for anybody, even if youve never read anything Valiant before. The art is phenomenal, its arealfeeling story and there is so much more in store for this character that youd be a damn fool to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 15, 2015

    For as long as Bloodshot has been around in the Valiant reboot, it's great to see this new volume be so incredibly new reader friendly. Lemire, Suayan, and Baron present a great and pretty depressing character study about a man trying to get his life back to normal, something he never remembers experiencing, but one man's actions cause him to rise to the occasion. I highly recommend checking this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - A-Ku Apr 13, 2015

    This overall exploration of what it means to be in the mind of someone who has been what he has been and how his mind is dealing now that he has both his freedom and his memories is excellent and made me go from someone reading the comic as a just-about fan of the previous series and a big fan of Valiant, to someone who now REALLY wants to read the next issue and see what happens. Couple that with the snap-shots we get at the end, from upcoming issues and my eyes were like dinner-plates at the possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Apr 18, 2015

    Lemire's script and Suayan's art brings Bloodshot back with a bang! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Apr 15, 2015

    If you're an older reader familiar with the events of The Valiant,you might find the first few pages dull " but not the rest of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jesse Quick-Rincon Apr 15, 2015

    If this is the type of work that Valiant is going to put out, then it is time to give some of our attention to Valiant. Bloodshot Reborn should be used as a textbook example of how to start a number one issue for a continuing series. It actually feels as welcoming as a new beginning, but also throws you into an established universe that I can't wait to dig my fingernail into. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Apr 20, 2015

    Mico Suayans art is clearly inspired by the overall visual style of Garth Enniss Punisher: Max run, evoking many of the same feelings. But where Max was a humanist look at the horrors of war and trauma of soldiers, Bloodshot Reborn is about violent culture. I never cared for this kind of heavily detailed style, it always leaves the book feeling cold and impersonal. Thankfully Suayan has a surprisingly effective grasp of expressions and emotional range, which is usually lost with this type of visuals. And thats Bloodshot Reborn #1: a book full of surprises. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Apr 14, 2015

    Bloodshot Reborn is another terrific Valiant series. It is a real great time to be a comic fan, especially if you're willing to dig a little deeper than Marvel and DC. Archie, Image, Dark Horse, Boom, Dynamite, and Valiant has been putting out a lot of really great comics lately. I hear a lot of fans complaining about event overload, but they still will go out and buy Convergence and Secret Wars. If you do that and ignore the great work being put out by the indy companies, you give up all right to complain. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Apr 14, 2015

    This is not to discredit the fun, visceral, appeal of a well-depicted action sequence, however. Mico Suayan's pencils sing with life and grit as we watch Bloodshot dispatch foe after foe in the early pages of this title. The quieter moments work just as well, however, and there is a palpable sense of buildup/dread as Bloodshot's life is forced to steer towards violence yet again. A stand out sequence is when Bloodshot's head is blown apart and simply reconstructs before the viewers eyes in all it's gory wonder. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Apr 16, 2015

    I'll be back for the second issue and isn't that the most important job a first issue has? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 15, 2015

    Bloodshot Reborn #1 was an excellent start and chock full of emotion that you could only feel when giving Bloodshot that human element and weakness we all carry. Again regret is a powerful emotion, and that is what sold every moment of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Valiant Central - Jesse Izdepski Apr 15, 2015

    This book is good enough to proudly hang the walls of my home. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 15, 2015

    Regardless of readers' familiarity with Bloodshot, Lemire, Suayan, Baron and Lanphear serve up a masterful introduction. Readers looking for a fresh start will find it here, while longer-term Bloodshot fans will find a nice recap prior to Lemire kicking this adventure into high gear. Lemire gives readers a solid set-up, action and intrigue. Garrison tries to find his place post-Bloodshot, but it seems the world -- and Lemire, especially -- has other plans. It looks like this is going to be an action-packed, psychodrama-tinged adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 15, 2015

    Jeff Lemire continues his great work with the Bloodshot character, adding a new layer of depth to the reborn killer. Mico Suayan makes his presence felt with some fantastic art, though Lemire's Bloodsquirt takes some getting used to. If you've been looking for an in to Bloodshot, you've found it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 16, 2015

    Bloodshot: Reborn #1 may not be the usual type of comic that Valiant make, but it goes to show that their Valiant Next initiative is one to watch. Having a realistic, and emotionally driven take on the classic character, this new series is a brilliant jumping on point for new fans, as though it may not be to everyone's liking, it's sure to convert some that are on the fence. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Apr 16, 2015

    Bloodshot Reborn #1 isn't a typical spin-off series. It's a story that thoughtfully follows up on what has come before. Lemire and Suayan are clearly invested in this story, addressing trauma and responsibility in a meaningful way. It's the perfect combination of compelling and challenging for a fresh take on this bloody character. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Apr 15, 2015

    Bloodshot Reborn #1 is a great start to the series, and mostly makes up for the initial way his nanites were removed by dealing with the psychological impact of it. It's an interesting dynamic considering all that was done to him by Project Rising Spirit and his recent break from them. I would like to see what's in the file about his true identity but at this point it makes more sense he would be put in a position to contend with a violent imposter. I don't know what he'll discover but seems like it's going to be an entertaining journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Apr 16, 2015

    Valiant has been consistent in putting out quality books that its characters deserve. Bloodshot: Reborn #1 is just another example of another great new ongoing series that's perfect for new readers. Those who have been turned off by the character should give this series a go; Lemire is reinventing Bloodshot and is making him cooler than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Apr 14, 2015

    Taking on his second book in the Valiant Universe after The Valiant, Jeff Lemire is here to create a new look with Bloodshot. Bloodshot Reborn #1 is a great start that hooks in fans and non fans of the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Apr 14, 2015

    To summarise… well, whats there to say? Do we really need to give you another reason to get on Valiants stable? If youre wanting your super-hero fix, but want something thats new and interesting, something that you haven't seen before, thisll be your bag. Dark, intriguing and thoughtful, whilst at the same time promising a bloody tale of vigilante justice, theres no better time, ladies and gentlemen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Apr 16, 2015

    For anyone who is a fan of Bloodshot I'd say pick this up for sure. I feel that had I been a fan, this would be a great new storyline.It seems as though it will be exciting to watch Bloodshot rebuild himself from the killing machine he was, to a hero he can be proud of. As a newbie to Bloodshot, I say it's worth giving a glance if you're into the genre. It sets things up in a way that I think you'll be able to jump on board and not be confused because of missing the original series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Apr 14, 2015

    Speaking of art, Lemire takes a stab at contributing in this issue. I won't spoil what it is he does, but it did a lot to bring some humor to an otherwise serious comic. What I can say is these scenes are setup as a way to include supporting characters to an otherwise solo book. Plus it raises questions on whether Bloodshot is hallucinating or are these Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Apr 21, 2015

    The guns may all be in the flashbacks, but this comic is a kill shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Apr 15, 2015

    So it seems the Valiant have another hit on their hands. The book captures your interest, holds it and then once you are in, leaves you wanting the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. Apr 14, 2015

    Bloodshot Reborn #1 was the first Valiant title I read, but it won't be the last. First issues, whether they are new concepts or old need to draw a reader into issue 2. Lemire and Suayan weaved an interesting enough story forfirst time readersandexisting fans of this character to at least pick up the next issue to see where this is going. Good start overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 18, 2015

    Still, Lemire does a fine enough job setting up this new Bloodshot as someone to watch. He's an interesting enough guy, and the mission he gives himself at the end of the issue could be promising. Suayan is also solid on art. It's definitely a well-made comic, but I could have used a little more going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Brad Bell Apr 14, 2015

    As good as so many aspects of this fresh start for Bloodshot are, the very end the book takes a tasteless turn. As the first dilemma our new anti-hero must deal with is an allegory for the Auroa Colorado movie theater shooting. While it is always interesting to see our heroes combat real world problems, in this case Jeff Lemire may have layed it on a bit thick. Thus wasting the chance to provide a perfect return for a not so perfect character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele Apr 15, 2015

    I honestly liked Lemire's previous writing in The Valiant earlier this year for Valiant. Hopefully this is just a slow start that ramps up into something superior next month. With an artist on board like Suayan and his proficiency for showing gun ultra-violence, let's see them unleash all thatBloodshot can be in this new series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - John F. Trent Apr 15, 2015

    If you can get over the fact that Bloodshot descends into a melancholy state after finally having the nanites removed from his body, you will be able to enjoy it. The book tells an interesting story of falling into despair and realizing you have been given a second chance to make a difference and the mental hurdles he has to overcome in order to realize the life of a handyman is not for him. Mico Suayan's artwork was good. There were some exciting splash pages and good detail in the close-ups; however, it was not jaw-dropping or overly exciting. David Baron's colors helped set the darker tone using a lot of blacks and mellowed yellows and reds. Bloodshot Reborn #1 is an average story that sets the stage for hopefully much greater things to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Overmental - Matt Overstreet Apr 15, 2015

    That aside, though, I just don't really see Bloodshot Reborn being the intro point to the character that Valiant perhaps wants it to be. If you're already a fan of Valiant comics, then by all means, add this one to your pull list, but the must-read new series of the season, this one is not. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Apr 16, 2015

    Only a couple of years into their relaunch and Valiant are already rebooting/reimagining all of their titles, which probably isn't a good sign. Sadly, not even the incredibly talented Jeff Lemire can make this '90s comic-explosion refugee interesting. Read Full Review

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