Bloodshot #1

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Manuel Garcia Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 11, 2012 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.

  • 10
    Examiner - Brian Thomer Jul 7, 2012

    Valiant, Swierczynski and the rest of the team have developed a perfect first issue. The inside front cover provides a breakdown of Bloodshot's nanites and the abilities they grant him, so readers don't have to spend issues figuring out just what Bloodshot can do. Not only is Bloodshot a compelling concept in itself, but the story here is a fast moving one with a start and finish. A rarity in today's comics. And while there is a complete story, Swierczynski fills it with enough hints of the future to have readers wanting more. Garcia's action is intense and graphic and there's plenty of it. Lozzi's depiction of Ray's (aka Bloodshot's) life is an excellent touch. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Aug 29, 2019

    Make no mistake, I will be buying this when it's released next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Jul 9, 2012

    Honestly, the first half of the book you will think is horrible, and corny, until that is, you get to the second half of the book. Once you get there you will be entrenched and you will see why one of the most underrated writers in the comic book industry Duane Swierczynski is as good as he is. He weaves a fantastic tale that I bet you will not see coming. Action comics are a hard thing to write, mostly because it's easy to rely so heavily on the action and not so much on the story. Duane manages to squeeze some awesome action and some greats twist into Valiant Comics best re-launch title yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Chad Bowers Jul 17, 2012

    As for my final verdict, I give Bloodshot #1 a solid 9.0 " highly recommended. It'd like to go higher, but I recognize that the intense violence and gore won't be for everybody. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 17, 2012

    The visceral response to Bloodshot #1 might be what hooks you into the new Valiant. I think it's enough to make me stick with all the books for the near term. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 9, 2012

    Valiant is quickly becoming the publisher to beat and as long they keep putting out quality book like Bloodshot, it's likely to stay that way. Waiting thirty days for the next issue is going to be grueling. I'm ready for more ultra-violence and more Bloodshot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Beckham Jul 11, 2012

    Everyone at Valiant should be proud of the books they are putting out; they are high quality and worth every comic book readers time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jul 12, 2012

    I don't think I ever actually got to reading a full issue of the original Bloodshot, so coming into this fresh, I felt like this was very accessible. Whatever the original was, as with the other Valiant titles the last couple months, this is a fresh start that I'm enjoying. The subject matter and violence may not appeal to everyone (not that it's a selling point anyway), but as a first issue, as Bloodshot, as the latest new Valiant title, I'm more and more confident that this is a line of comics I'm interested in that seem to have a good focus on story...which is the way I like my comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Jul 10, 2012

    Like all the new Valiant titles the adherence to Golden or Silver age tropes are gone, instead trying to appeal to a more adult audience. This doesnt mean the title is above the average teenager but I doubt theyre seeing the philosophical leanings of the character or the subtle nuances of writer Duane Swierczynski (Cable, Birds of Prey). Nonetheless, that subtext is there for those who look for it but not necessary for somebody looking for a good action comic riddled with espionage, betrayals, and violence (which is here in droves). Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 16, 2012

    Bloodshot #1 is fuled by cool factor and driven by "whoa!" moments. It's meant to shock you into reading on while still providing a few main plot points about Bloodshot's past and origins. But it's not enough. It feels like we've been down this road before with other series. If this book continues to be dragged down by inconsistent art and recycled plot points, it'll have a hard time getting its hooks in with the current comics market. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 9, 2012

    My point is that I didnt love it and I didnt hate it, Im sort of in the middle. However, I do think it has potential and in the next couple of issues I hope Im right. From Valiant. Read Full Review

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