Bloodshot's Day Off #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal Artist: Khari Evans Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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Even killing machines need a day off!

For the first time in over 30 years, two nanite-enhanced soldiers once controlled Project Rising Spirit - codenames: "Tank Man" and "Viet Man" - have finally earned their freedom and some government-sanctioned downtime, courtesy of Uncle Sam. After enduring a lifetime of war, blood, and fore, all these two semi-retired commandos want is a little vacation. But how long can this pair of highly trained tourists unwind and enjoy the sights of New York City... before they find trouble in the city that never sleeps?

Leave the selfie stick at home as rising star Eliot Rahal (Divinity III: Escap more

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Todd Fisher Jul 1, 2017

    As we start this week as Americans celebrating our independence, it's nice to read the stories of two soldiers who have sacrificed for us. And though their tale is fictional, there are very real stories that mirror the themes of this book. Well worth the pick up. As always, Stay Valiant my friends. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Shoot The Breeze Comics Jul 11, 2017

    When a character issue is done well, it has the power to tug on the heartstrings like nothing else. This is one of those comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 6, 2017

    An emotionally powerful issue, backed up by great artwork and well-structured parallel plots. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 11, 2017

    It's a nice change of pace with a relative minimum of death and destruction, but plenty of life-affirming moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jul 5, 2017

    Whether you're going to pick this issue up ultimately depends on whether you're already a fan of Bloodshot; if you are, this is a fun interlude that adds some background to some characters that previously hadn't had as much time devoted to them. If you're not already a fan then you can still enjoy this issue because Rahal's take on the men-out-of-time angle pulls at the heartstrings in more ways than one. Despite this being a oneshot in the Bloodshot world, it's still a really well written story that stands on it's own remarkably well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Jul 6, 2017

    This one shot adds just a little more detail to characters that could easily be overlooked. Fans of the Bloodshot series should give it a read. Does it add to the overall Valiant universe? No. However, not every story needs to build upon the greater world. Some stories are just meant to give a snapshot into the lives of its characters. This issue does that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 7, 2017

    'Bloodshot's Day Off' is a special one-shot that pays tribute to our veterans by humanizing their experience. The pain of sacrificing oneself for the greater good and leaving behind loved ones is an accessible theme that mirrors real life. Rahal and Evans take these superpowered killing machines and peel back the layers of their soul and reveal them to be very much human. You won't see these characters the same way ever again and that's why this book is highly recommended.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jul 5, 2017

    Bloodshot's Day Off #1 is effective in how the story is executed, not in anything particularly bold or innovative it offers. But the skillful way that writer Eliot Rahal and artist Khari Evans evoke the stories of two soldiers who gave up a lot to a larger cause results in a story that is surprisingly affecting.It may be an example of a story that we've seen before, but it's a very strong execution of that kind of story. Even if you've never read a Bloodshot story before, or never seen these characters before, the creative team utilizes this somewhat familiar story to solid success, resulting in an issue that is quietly touching. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Jul 5, 2017

    The heartfelt story of two Soldiers returning home after spending a lifetime at war. It touches on a what many Soldiers leave behind... ...and of the camaraderie that exists between all who have answered their nation's call to arms. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 6, 2017

    It's a holy day for Tank Man and Viet Man of the Bloodshot Squad in Bloodshot's Day Off! #1, a somber and low-key one-shot with a sentimental heart. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Jul 20, 2017

    The stories of the two main characters carry the comic, and while I don't have much desire to follow this as a series, it works well as a stand-alone comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Thegreatmagnet Jul 5, 2017

    Ultimately in judging this book, you have to consider your priorities. If you’re very concerned with hardcore Valiant continuity, the inconsistencies here might give you major pause. Although I find the continuity issues troubling, I’m so moved by the character developments that I choose to embrace the positives. On some level, I think that this issue might have functioned better as a more straightforward zero issue for these two characters, especially given that this story is so incredibly different from the original “Bloodshot’s Day Off” storyline from the 90s. I’m certainly curious how the Bloodshot Squad characters will be handled whenever we see them again in future storylines. Read Full Review

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