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Bloodshot is probably Valiant Comics’ second-most recognizable brand after X-O Manowar. The main series has consistently been among Valiant’s top-sellers, and has served as a launching point for some of the company’s better line-wide stories since its 2012 relaunch.
Now Valiant is pushing forth with a new Bloodshot mini-series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Doug Braithwaite. The project, entitled Bloodshot U.S.A., runs with a popular theme in the current pop-cultural zeitgeist, specifically that of a viral outbreak.
Lemire called the new storyline a culmination of the story lines he has been building since the series relaunched.
Valiant has released a preview of the first issue, which you can check out below!
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
There are eight million people in New York City…and every single one of them is about to become a killing machine. Welcome to BLOODSHOT U.S.A.!
Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new standalone event from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice) and the next hit series from “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” initiative! From the Bronx to Broadway, an unstoppable, nanite-enhanced pathogen is about to turn New York City’s populace against itself…and Bloodshot is the only soldier tough enough to lead a one-man invasion of the city that never sleeps! And if he falls, the nation won’t stand a chance against the most dangerous outbreak in American history…
“I tried to have every arc be a totally new genre featuring Bloodshot, but also all build up to a larger story. “BLOODSHOT U.S.A.” is the culmination of all of that,” writer Jeff Lemire told Comic Book Resources. “This is really everything coming full circle into a perfect storm.”
Project Rising Spirit – America’s greatest exporter of classified weapons technology – has achieved a breakthrough: a contagious, airborne nanite dispersion prototype that can turn the population of any city into an army of indestructible soldiers. A doomsday virus capable of destroying an enemy nation from the inside out. A machine-made pathogen that can completely rewrite human physiology…and hardcode every man, woman, and child with the same cutting-edge technology that created their greatest weapon: Bloodshot.
But now…Project Rising Spirit’s top-secret contagion has been released onto the streets of America’s greatest metropolis: New York City. As mayhem engulfs Manhattan, Bloodshot must lead the most dangerous invasion ever waged on American soil and keep a runaway pandemic from toppling armies and governments…and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
On October 26th, discover “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” with a perfect jumping-on point to the most acclaimed publisher in comics today as Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite plunge New York City into chaos for BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) – featuring covers from Kano (Gotham Central), Doug Braithwaite (NINJAK), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Ryan Stegman (Uncanny Avengers), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), and Butch Guice (Captain America)!
Then, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” continues with an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents! Beginning in July with FAITH #1, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” will extend throughout 2016 with a total of seven epic series – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:
• FAITH #1 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Marguerite Sauvage, and Colleen Doran in July
• GENERATION ZERO #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
• BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in September
• BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
• HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 by Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston in November
• SAVAGE #1 (of 4) by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
• DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December
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BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) (“THE FUTURE OF VALIANT”)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by KANO (AUG162036)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (AUG162037)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (AUG162038)
Cover D by RYAN STEGMAN (AUG162039)
Cover E by CULLY HAMNER (AUG162040)
Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (AUG162042)
B&W Sketch Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (AUG162043)
Blank Cover Also Available (AUG162041)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 26th (FOC – 10/3/16)