Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Kevin Grevioux Artist: Ken Lashley Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 9
6.8Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

New ongoing series! Discover the true origin of Valiant's most unrelenting hero!

Before a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception. In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined - and it was up to one enterprising employee to ensure he did what he was told. But memory is a tricky thing...and the manBloodshot used to be won't let go of his past so easily...

Critically acclaimed writing duo Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thom more

  • 9.4
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Nov 16, 2018

    This comic has surprised me. Obviously I hoped to enjoy it, but I never honestly expected it to turn into a must read book. Next month is too far away… Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 13, 2018

    In Bloodshot Spirit Rising #1 this was the third time Project Rising Spirit tried to implant a fake memory. Not sure how they fix things from here, but I cannot wait to see where Bloodshot Rising Spirit goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Dan Maltbie Nov 14, 2018

    It's nice to have an idea where Bloodshot's love for humanity and rigid desire to do the right thing have their beginnings. A series of engrams designed to replace his memory has failed repeatedly, and it's on to the next one. This fills in a few gaps about his past, while at the same time forces you to question everything you know about the nanite-infused wandering soldier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Nov 13, 2018

    Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 seems like it's still finding its feet and the kind of story it wants to tell, but hopefully it'll shape up over the course of its run to become the marriage of 2010's character study and 90's violence that it so wants to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Jordan Boggs Nov 18, 2018

    The creative staff do go out of their way to show what this character is about. Any spoilers as to how would be doing any perspective new reader a great disservice. I genuinely think that if you have any passing interest in Bloodshot, you need this one. I easily recommend it for anybody looking to dive head deep into the world of Bloodshot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Nov 14, 2018

    I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more from this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Nov 15, 2018

    BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #1 is an action-packed issue that looks like it will be messing with reader's assumptions regarding the character. A great creative team looks to be ready to deliver. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Nov 13, 2018

    Bloodshot has seen a lot of character development since The Valiant, but this debut issue fails to humanize the character. Choppy pacing and uninteresting developments make this a hard issue to recommend to those who aren't already fans of the character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 14, 2018

    Bloodshot is one of Valiant's core characters that seems to equally have a core following, with some pretty strong issues to date. It is a shame that in order to move forward, we have to have a story that is figuratively and literally set in the past. If anything, it does show that Thompson and Nadler deserve an actual continuing X-book of their own. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Nov 15, 2018

    Let me clarify: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is by no means a bad book. It begins the process of filling in an important part of the Bloodshot story, and does so by featuring some of the events we may have been expecting prior to picking it up. But its by-the-numbers interpretation and simplistic presentation of the origin story makes the book feel a little more dated and less exciting than it deserves to be in 2018. Sure, it may blossom into a story that fits into the incredible blend of crazy and personal that Bloodshot is best known for, but for the time being Rising Spirit sadly isnt a book Im craving to return to immediately, unlike its predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Techaeris - Jason Falter Nov 14, 2018

    This series seems to be nothing more than a marketing ploy and lead up for the movie. However, it is being released way too early for a movie that is coming out in 2020, especially when Valiant tends to kill series with just twelve issues or less in a run. I'm going to have to pass on this one and recommend anyone who is interested in Bloodshot, to go back and pick up the Jeff Lemire runs. There's really no reason to go back into a prequel after the character has come this far. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Nov 16, 2018

    Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1 is a boring start to the latest Bloodshot comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Nov 16, 2018

    Action sequences feel vanilla and supporting characters lack personality. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Russ Burlingame Nov 14, 2018

    It feels like a million other mediocre indie comics you have already seen before, and fails in one area where Valiant has consistently succeeded in the years since the company's rebirth: production value. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    I Review Comics Nov 17, 2018

    Jeff Lemier's Bloodshot Salvation is the series that turned me on to Valiant comics and one of the reasons why I believe that Valiant is one of the best publishers producing content today. Salvation was amazing but with the new movie starring Vin Diesel (2020), the series wasn't the best jumping on point for the character.  Rising spirit represents an opportunity to reintroduce Bloodshot to a new audience without the baggage of 20+ years of continuity.

    In this issue, Angelo Mortalli botches a mob hit and is sent to Rikers Island. While there he joins an experimental program that transforms him into what will eventually become Bloodshot. He's run through training simulations and we get to see his abilities coming together. Bloo more

  • 2.0
    Sofai Nov 15, 2018

    Just an awful debut that took maybe 5 minutes to read and continues the downhill slide of Valiant since the sale.

  • 1.0
    ZodTee Nov 15, 2018

    What did I just read?

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    Greg Hound Dec 12, 2018

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    Sunspots Dec 18, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Nov 15, 2018

  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
    Odisseia Cultural Nov 26, 2018

  • 6.0
    CraigR Nov 28, 2018

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