Bloodshot: Salvation #9

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes Artist: Renato Guedes Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: May 16, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 8
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The origin of Bloodhound!
In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit's first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound! Before he found his place at Ray Garrison's side, Bloodshot's loyal companion learned the depths of mankind's inhumanity toward brother and beast more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling May 16, 2018

    While were are now at issue #9, this story does not take place in the telling of this newest arc, more like stopping to take a breather and tell the story of one of Valiants most interesting characters. Which is good, as it not only allows us readers a chance to get close with Bloodhound, but we get to take stock in what his actual role in this universe actually is. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell May 16, 2018

    I cannot say enough about what Valiant is doing with Bloodshot and I am so happy with where they are going with him. This is one of the reasons I pick up Valiant books every month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester May 16, 2018

    For all who wondered where Bloodshot's pal got his start, here is the answer. A lifetime ago, born into a world of war and violence and bloodshed. It is the Genesis of a hero, even one who chases his tail or whimpers in his sleep. A worthwhile addition to the Bloodshot Salvation line and the Bloodshot universe. Read Full Review

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

    It's not a must-read comic in terms of the story, but you will kick yourself if you miss this wonderful example of sequential art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance May 15, 2018

    Bloodshot No. 9 is a well-done issue, one that sets out to create an emotional origin story for Bloodshots faithful companion Bloodhoud and succeeds, all while paying off one of the better commentaries about the military industrial complex and our role in it as civilians, which is what Ive long seen as the overarching theme of Lemires Bloodshot work. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto May 14, 2018

    If you thought you were going to get a filler issue, a little breathing time before "The Book of Revelations" starts, think again. Bloodshot Salvation #9 is a side story, but it's no less vital to the series overall. It adds depth to Bloodhound and the Bloodshot mythology as a whole, and it'll punch you in the gut like only this creative team can. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jun 1, 2018

    A tale from the past that gives us a glimpse into the origin of the mysterious Bloodhound. The Art is haunting, and the tale a sad and lonely one. An original take on a character that has been in circulation for a while without the spotlight. The artwork is great and gross, an at times bleak as the subject matter. We do not often see World War One in comics these days, and it's always a jarring visage of a grizzly time in the world's past. This comic captures all of that emotion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame May 16, 2018

    Bloodshot: Salvation remains one of the best and best-looking series on the stands, although both the story (by Ray Fawkes and Jeff Lemire) and the art (by Renato Guedes) were a little spottier than usual this week as the book took a hard left into a detour from the title character's magical mystery tour and spent some time in the real world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins May 15, 2018

    This grim story is more about the ravages and pointlessness of World War I, rather than a true origin story. Bloodhound appears with an explanation about his origins, but there's not much more than that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 14, 2018

    Bloodshot Salvation #9 is, as I said, a solid WWI story that also serves as an origin for the Bloodhound. Its a solid enough read and even gets gut-wrenching in spots. It doesnt really serve to give anymore emotional depth or nuance to the Bloodhound until the very end (I know hes a dog, but these things have been done before), but it is an enjoyable read with beautiful artwork. This one earns a recommendation. Pick it up this Wednesday. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 5, 2019

    Bloodshot Salvation was one of my favorite series of 2018. I had no real relationship with the character walking into the series but every damn issue was been amazing so far. Yes, I know the series is over but I haven't finished yet so I will continue reviewing for completion's sake. 

    In this issue, we get an origin for Bloodshot's dog, Bloodhound and also the glimpse into the early stages of the program that created our hero. 

    The story is set during World War I. Dr. Henry Fulbright offers to take his experimental dogs to battle in place of human soldiers in the front lines. The pitch is that the dogs are extremely durable can withstand the gas, some gunfire, require little sleep and can see in darkness. Fulbrig more

  • 8.5
    RustonLF May 17, 2018

    There is a break in the story so we can learn the partial origin of the Bloodhound through a dream that the Bloodhound is having. It is a story that takes us all the way back to World War I which I thought was pretty cool. The art has a realism that made the violent story all the more gruesome and impact-full. There were times I had trouble determining what the artist was trying to get across. The images are so picturesque that you do not get a sense of movement when it would have been beneficial. There is enough story introduced and enough held back to make you want to know more. I did find myself wishing the story would go on longer. Even if the art is subtle in its story telling this is still a great looking issue and worth picking up.

  • 8.5
    Bill Blaze May 20, 2018

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    Jason The Dude May 17, 2018

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    Veido Jun 16, 2018

  • 7.5
    CraigR May 22, 2018

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