Valiant Launches Major Promo Campaign for BLOODSHOT SALVATION

Valiant Launches Major Promo Campaign for BLOODSHOT SALVATION

As the summer winds to a close, Valiant is banking big on the upcoming Bloodshot: Salvation. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Lewis LaRosa, the ongoing series will be the new central title for the Bloodshot franchise. Though much has been written of late regarding the woes of the comic book market, Valiant seems insistent on pushing their product in comic shops first and foremost. The selection of items included in the promotional campaign…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

Ever since writer Jeff Lemire became a driving creative force for the character, he’s added layers to Bloodshot even as he’s also given him some engrossing adventures to showcase the character’s strengths. Bloodshot: Salvation #1 is another high point for the franchise, and if the ongoing series that follows this debut issue can keep up this level of quality, then the character’s renaissance will continue. The issue uses a structure that finds the narrative alternating…

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Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

Ready For Their Close-Ups: 3 Super-Universes Ready For Your Screens

At this point, despite the occasional think pieces to the contrary, the continued successes of super-hero films and TV series indicate that stories of heroes vs. villains won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. But the bulk of the properties have largely been drawn from either Marvel or DC Comics. Though we’ve seen comic book properties successfully adapted from non-superhero sources recently (“The Walking Dead” and “Preacher” being among the most prominent), when it comes to…

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Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Image Comics Garners 20 Eisner Nominations for 2017

Last week, Comic-Con International announced the nominees for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and Image Comics boasts 20 nominations, proving once again that the publisher continues to be a showcase for powerful and acclaimed creator-driven works. The Eisner Awards are presented by Comic-Con International, San Diego. The organization is a non-profit devoted to increasing public awareness and appreciation of comics as an art form and entertainment medium, and every years presents the awards, which…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 – Kicking It Up A Notch

I’ll admit it, I really don’t know much of anything about Bloodshot or his backstory. And part of what makes Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 work so well is that I was able to get all the fun out of the issue and follow every plot point with only the issue’s recap page to work from. When you can anchor and effectively set up an entire line-wide crossover with just a recap page, and still have the story…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 – A Valiant Event Gets an Action-Packed Intro

Valiant has really got to be congratulated with how quickly and effectively they’ve built their super-hero universe into a compelling alternative to DC and Marvel. By recruiting top talent to help flesh out and construct their universe’s mythos for a new generation, they’ve wound up with some great books, reinvigorated characters and an effective universe around which to construct big events. Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a great example of all the things that have made…

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Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

Jeff Lemire & Gord Downie Team to Tell Tragic Tale of Chanie Wenjack

On a freezing night in 1966, a 12 year-old Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. He died from hunger and exposure trying to walk the 400 miles back to his father. Now Gord Downie, frontman for beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip, is releasing a solo album, animated film and a graphic novel produced in partnership with comics star Jeff Lemire to tell Wenjack’s story…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at BLOODSHOT USA #1 From Valiant

PREVIEWS: First Look at BLOODSHOT USA #1 From Valiant

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…

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Review: Black Hammer – Heroes After the Aftermath

Review: Black Hammer – Heroes After the Aftermath

Dark Horse Comics has a history of publishing interesting and weird super-hero teams. The End League saw a world in which villains had won, The Umbrella Academy brought us a team that was as dysfunctional as any team could be, and now Black Hammer presents a group of super powered beings who are no longer content with the sacrifice they made ten years prior. Writer Jeff Lemire has imagined a team that has a few very…

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